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Judy Cassab, Untitled 1967 (unframed) will be exhibited in Ancher House for Gifting exhibition; Image supplied

Penrith Regional Gallery’s Director Sheona White grew up in a town that didn’t have an art gallery or a theatre.

‘I remember this feeling that people didn’t get it – what I got when I looked at art,’ White told ArtsHub. ‘To have grown up with a gallery would have made a big difference.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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