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Rugby great unveiled

1 December 2014

Ken Catchpole, 2014 by Gary Grealy
Ken Catchpole, 2014 by Gary Grealy

A new portrait commission of Australian Rugby great, Ken Catchpole OAM by Gary Grealy will be officially unveiled by Michael Hawker AM, Chairman, Australian Rugby Union at a private event in Sydney this Wednesday night (3 December).

The portrait is the first in a series of three works of Australian rugby stars to be generously commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery collection by Patrick Corrigan AM. Patrick Corrigan AM is a passionate champion of the arts and an enthusiastic supporter of the Portrait Gallery, contributing upwards of 130 works to the collection over 15 years. The portrait series is an exciting event for both the Gallery and Mr Corrigan, uniting his two great passions: the arts and sport.

Director Angus Trumble said 'It is only with the ongoing support of benefactors like Patrick Corrigan that the Portrait Gallery is able to maintain a collection that so wonderfully showcases our national heroes.'

Dr Gene Sherman AM, Deputy Chairman, National Portrait Gallery, Executive Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and Angus Trumble, Director National Portrait Gallery will unveil the new work at a private cocktail event at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation this Wednesday 3 December.

To recognise his ongoing support, three display walls featuring works donated by Mr Corrigan are currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery until March 2015.