Creepy crawlies inspire creativity

BUGS, spiders, bees, cockroaches, wasps, sting and bite, buzz and creep, fly and splat.

Insects conjure up all sorts of reactions from different people - love them or hate them, insects form the largest group of all earths population.

It is hard to imagine but 95 per cent of all the animal species on the earth are insects and this huge group of the animal species will be the inspiration for a very contemporary exhibition aptly titled in_sects, which starts at the Gympie Regional Gallery on November 10.

Six Brisbane-based emerging artists, David Creed, Alex Cuffe, Rebecca Ross, Angela Rossitto, David Spooner and Sarah Werkmeister, who are both friends and colleagues in The Wandering Room Artist Collective, are taking on the persona of insects.

The catalyst for their work was a weekend away in the semi-rainforest location at Uki in New South Wales, where there was no electricity, water, modern conveniences or distractions for the artists while they submerged themselves into the project.

What emerged from the retreat 48 hours later were renewed connections and a shared experience among the artists and the makings of multi-coloured and layered textural net extending in all directions.

The exhibition in_sects will be a collaborative work involving immersive installations of digital media, found objects and craft - based practices of knitting and crocheting and they need your help.

There are two things you could do.

If you have unwanted, half-finished pieces of knitting or crochet or similar craft project, you could deliver it to the Gympie Regional Gallery between 10am-4pm any Tuesday to Saturday before October 31.

Or better still - come along to the Gallery this Saturday, October 31 at 11am for a knitting “bee” where you can be part of making a giant collaborative insect-like web.

Bring your own wool, string or knittable materials, and a crochet hook or knitting needles, if you have any.

Or just bring yourself and your busy fingers and join in on the fun of web making.

The artists have been so far knitting, crocheting and crafting alone, together, with their families and with their friends, at their workplaces, on the move and in various locations, ready to install at the Gallery next week.

Come along and contribute to this exhibition in an interesting way.

A large crowd gathered at the Gympie Regional Gallery for the opening of the annual hi-Artworks and beyond … exhibition.

Students, families and teachers from all seven Gympie Region high schools gathered to celebrate artistic achievement across all disciplines of art making including drawing, painting, digital media, installation, wearable art and sculpture.

Executive director of schools Karen Howes officially opened the exhibition, while Debra Livingstone, lecturer in digital design at the University of Sunshine Coast opened the Re:Generate exhibition, now showing in Gallery Three.

Re:Generate is an exhibition of digital illustration by advanced design students and will be on display until November 21.

Everywhere for Everyone, a small display of surveying materials and objects in the gallery foyer was also opened on the weekend.

It will continue until November 7.

Gympie Times

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