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‘If a nything terrible happened in my life\, this is the place I would like to go . This is an exhibition about that sort of place in our lives’.

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Landscape of longing dr aws together an impressive array of new and rarely seen paintings and drawi ngs by three generations of artists from one Melbourne family –Hal Hattam\, Katherine Hattam and William Mackinnon. Produced in response to their ramb ling house and beach holidays at the small coastal hamlet of Shoreham\, eac h of the artists have revisited\, photographed\, drawn\, painted and ponder ed this idyllic setting over a sixty two year span.

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This timely exhibition highlights t he complexities and significance of the Australian beach getaway and family retreats. For Hal Hattam the pristine empty sand and blue green water of W estern Port intimates ‘a landscape of longing’\, while for Katherine Hattam the beach is never purely a landscape but a site inflected by an inside ps ychological world. For William Mackinnon the road represents that transitio nal space of getting to and from this special place. What is shared is the significance of the psyche of a ‘somewhere’ away from and unlike everyday n ormal work and social life: the holiday place where you do what it is you r eally want to do.

DTEND:20130421 DTSTAMP:20140919T111930 DTSTART:20130227 GEO:-38.2199828;145.0389461 LOCATION:Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery\,Civic Reserve Dunns Road \n Mornington\, Victoria 3931 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Landscape of longing: Shoreham 1950–2012\, Hal Hattam\, Katherine H attam\, William Mackinnon UID:263583 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR