Why the name 'Packsaddle'?
The first Packsaddle exhibition was held in a small town house belonging to Owen and Beverley Wright. Beverley named the house ‘Packsaddle’ because its roofline reminded her of the packsaddles used out on their property at Wongwibinda. That first exhibition was a sell-out and after a few openings at its home, Packsaddle moved to NERAM, where it has become bigger and better each year.
The Packsaddle group includes a number of artists, art connoisseurs, educators and researchers, who are dedicated to finding quality works of art at an affordable price. The consistently high standard of work on show in our annual exhibitions over the last 30 years has meant that Packsaddle has grown into an exhibition that attracts a large audience of collectors and art lovers. It is the largest exhibition of its kind in the region and showcases the works of internationally acclaimed artists as well as young and emerging artists. As a not for profit group these art sales have for many years made a significant financial contribution to The New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW. New volunteer members have joined the team over the years and this has kept the Packsaddle fundraiser alive, ensuring that the group can continue to raise funds to acquire new artworks to add to the superb collections of Art at NERAM.