New curators hold exhibition
RESPONDING to the challenge to put the theory into action, fledgling curators are opening the doors of the Gympie Regional Gallery on February 4 on their first group curating project.
Titled Curators Choice - Eclecticism, the project has grown out of a workshop at the Gympie Regional Gallery on August 14, 2012, funded by a grant from Museum and Galleries Services Queensland to develop curating skills in the community and to tell the story of the Gympie Show's 125-year history.
The professional development workshop, facilitated by Bettina MacAuley, Brisbane arts consultant and formerly of the Queensland Art Gallery, took participants through the lengthy and detailed journey from idea and concept, through research and accessing works in private collections, to cataloguing and care of works and the development of public programs.
The workshop drew participants from the region's neighbours including Hervey Bay and Wondai regional galleries, as well as organisers already working on the 125 years of the Gympie Show exhibition.
The group took up the challenge from Gympie Regional Gallery co-ordinator Joolie Gibbs to exercise newly-acquired skills in curating an exhibition for next month.
Workshop participants were tasked with choosing an object of art - one of their own or that another artist - to be included in the exhibition.
Sixteen workshop participants assumed the role of curator for the exhibition including Barbara Hart, who had responded with two of her collagraphs.
Mo Skett and Robyn Dower have contributed acrylic paintings and mixed media.
Joolie Gibbs has selected a reclaimed Mary River cedar, silky oak and quandong table from Ross Annels, with Roxanne Macgregor contributing two charcoal and pastel works on paper.
Christopher Hardwick, winner of the Gold Rush Art Competition Sculpture Award 2012, is exhibiting a knitted work in copper wire.
Elaine Madill has Shannus O'Sullivan's Fourteen Poor Men, on loan from South Burnett Regional Council collection.
Collaboration between Sandra Ross and Mia Andersen has resulted in a multi-media work titled Drawn, to add another dimension to this eclectic collection.
The exhibition will be on view until Saturday, March 2 then will go on tour to Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and the Wondai Regional Art Gallery.