picture by Regina Hona
I will be honest, before receiving this media release neither of us had heard of the Cerberus. I honestly had no idea what this exhibition was for but then I'm not really a Melbourne local and I live on North side.
A bit of research and now I think this is a really important. I love history and The HMVS Cerberus is a little piece of Melbourne's Naval History. It's a Melbourne icon. Built in 1868, Cerberus is the only surviving Ironclad Monitor in the world, and the oldest surviving Warship to have served in the Royal Australian Navy.
Since the 1920's HMVS Cerberus has been serving as a Breakwater off Black Rock in Port Phillip Bay. Now I am having a bit of trouble finding out why exactly the Cerberus ending up here so if anyone knows please leave us a comment.
So the Cerberus has survived 140 years but it is in danger of collapse if it does not receive external bracing. The Save the Cerberus campaign has only received a fraction of the amount needed to avoid the total collapse of the heritage listed ship.
Tamsin Davidson of Pivotal Galleries and the Friends of the Cerberus are putting on a Special Save the Cerberus Art Exhibition 7-18 October 2009 It will featuring many new original artworks by leading contemporary Australian artists, alongside paintings, photographs, a large model and artifacts from the ship including a huge 10 inch shell.
Tamsin said " We hope we can provide a lot of extra publicity as the Government ponders if they should provide the roughly $2 million Cerberus needs."
The Grand Opening of the Exhibition at 6.30pm on 7th October 2009 will feature many VIP guests & members of the 'Victorian Navy' in full 19th Century Naval rig. A proportion of the profits from sales of paintings going to the Save the Cerberus campaign.
Picture by Darren Doye
SPECIAL SAVE THE CERBERUS EXHIBITION
DATE: OCTOBER 7- 18 , 2009
GRAND OPENING NIGHT- SPECIAL SAVE THE CERBERUS EXHIBITION
DATE: October 7,2009
PLACE: PIVOTAL GALLERIES,
442 BRIDGE ROAD
RICHMOND Vic 3121.
For further information please contact: Pivotal Galleries
442 Bridge Road Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: 03 9429 7755