MIDDLE Swan art gallery director Terrie Gomboc was recently recognised on the WA Women’s Hall of Fame as part of International Women’s Day celebrations this month.
Terrie Gomboc joined 13 other women inducted into the hall of fame at Government House on March 8.
As a volunteer, and director of Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Gomboc has been encouraging and supporting artists through the provision of gallery exhibition space since 1980.
“The gallery opened with strong emphasis on promoting Western Australian sculptors as there was no other venue that offered this opportunity for established and up and coming artists to exhibit,” Mrs Gomboc said.
“By creating this opportunity there were more and more graduating artists and the number of women artists significantly increased.”
The Gomboc Gallery is the only free to public art gallery and sculpture park of its kind in WA.
“We also cater for the needs of special groups with organized visits without charge, from schools, senior citizen centres, people living with disability and importantly to further art appreciation for all.”
She said she was humbled by the recognition.
“For me, it was a humbling experience to be nominated and inducted amongst so many worthy recipients,” she said.
“It makes me proud to be recognized for my contribution to Western Australian culture and encouraging the public to be more aware of the importance of art and culture in our daily lives.
“Without art and culture, we are a society without soul.”
Gomboc has inspired, mentored, and supported over 1,295 sculptors.
The WA Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 2011 in recognition of the Centenary of International Women’s Day held annually on March 8.
One hundred women were inducted at the centenary, across a range of sectors and celebrating a diverse set of achievements to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Western Australian women past, present and future.
By Claire Ottaviano