Megan Cope was commissioned to create a work for Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s exhibition Coast, which opened on 8 December 2017 and ran until 18 February 2018. Cope’s work is a result of a her residency at Police Point in Portsea, and considers the beauty and magnitude of the coastline and questions of our connection to landscape.
For over 200 years, the Mornington Peninsula has been a muse and haven for artists. Attracting a stellar roll call of some of the most recognisable names in Australian art, the wild and rugged coast has inspired works from artists such as Eugene von Guérard, Nicholas Chevalier, John Perceval and Albert Tucker.
This ambitious exhibition brought together masterpieces from these iconic artists as the basis of an extended conversation, considering our relationship to the coast, to the Australian landscape and our environment.