Glasshouse Regional Gallery Presents:
DREAMS, NIGHTMARES AND REALITY
DREAMS, NIGHTMARES AND REALITY presents as historical anecdote, educational values and the fact of the artistic verve of the individual stories, as well l as the total overview of events of the time. The works portray a sense of futility, inhumanity, brutality and contradictions form the exploratory survey of Oxley, The subsequent displacement of the BIRPAI People, when establishing the Penal Colony, through to the first fleet settlers’ arrival from 1838. Glenn Dicks own ancestors arriving via “William the Fourth” in April 1841.
The collection of artworks focused on the first 20 years of the settlement and was noted for its sympathetic depictions of the local indigenous tribes and the harshness of the convict system. These collection of works were originally endorsed by Port Macquarie Hastings Council to form part of celebrating Heritage week back in 2005.
The Exhibition originally was staged/featured in the old Civic Centre in Clarence Street and was enthusiastically received by the community with an extension of time for 1 month.
In early 2007 the collection was again exhibited, this time in NSW PARLIAMENT HOUSE, SYDNEY. Now displayed once more as part of the 2021 Bicentennial anniversary of 200 years program.
Born in 1952, Port Macquarie, Glenn Dick first exhibited at the age of 15 in 1967, went onto a signwriting career working as an apprentice for Joe Carr. In 1972 Dick worked in Sydney by day and attended East Sydney Tech, Julian Ashtons. From 1974-76 Dick travelled to over 40 countries including Europe, Africa and Asia, upon his return in 1976 Dick became a student of Grahame Inson, Sydney and then went onto to be an Archibald finalist in 1980, a Doug Moran prize finalist in 1988 for a self-portrait. Glenn Dick has exhibited extensively in both solo and group shows and has works held in collections in numerous Regional Galleries, as well public and private collections.