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Exhibitions & Programs APRIL to JUNE 2014


Bundaberg Regional Galleries Charts 72 Churchill St, Childers (07) 4130 4876 charts@bundaberg.qld.gov.au Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm BRAG 1 Barolin St, Bundaberg (07) 4130 4750 bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm brag-brc.org.au

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Front cover image: The Artifact, Fintan Magee, Bogota Columbia. Left image: Steve Caplin & Andrea Lynch by Mark Crocker, 2012, Gelatin silver print, image courtesy of the artist.


Continuing Exhibitions from MARCH


Wax & Words: A travelling journal in encaustic and text Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch continuing until 6 April: Gallery Two

Since taking to the road in January 2013 with her husband, Wax & Words is an ever-evolving and growing collection of words and textures in wax. Demonstrating the ancient art of encaustic (painting with beeswax and coloured pigments) Wax & Words is not to be missed. Image: Patricia talks to visitors on the opening night of Wax & Words in Gallery Two @ BRAG.

Sunken Houses

Brad Marsellos & Heinz Riegler continuing until 27 April: Gallery One A combined photographic and audio composition that examines Bundaberg North through Bundaberg resident Brad Marsellos lens and Heinz Riegler’s audio score. Sometimes we have to look to the past to move forward. Image: Photographer Brad Marsellos on Hinkler Avenue where some of his images for Sunken Houses were taken.

Literary Notions: Triffids

Alison McDonald continuing until 27 April: The Vault

McDonald’s Triffids are ficticious, exotic and coloured overgrownlooking plants that derive from single use plastics. These Triffids have taken over The Vault space as part of the Literary Notions series and were created in response to the 1951 novel, Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Image: Blue sprite double Triffid, Alison McDonald (2012), up-cycled PET bottles.


A u t u m n E x h i b i t i o n s & P ROGRAMS : B un d aber g R e g i o nal A r t Galler y ( B R A G )

Portraits of a Tea Cosy Loani Prior & Mark Crocker 8 April to 1 June: Gallery TWO @ BRAG portraitsofateacosy.com

Portraits of a Tea Cosy is a tribute to all those who make and give tea cosies to their loved ones. It is an ode to the taking of tea, the making of friends and the keeping of memories. It is a celebration of family and history and cultures - so much wrapped up and kept warm in a little old tea cosy. This exhibition is the culmination of a two year journey initiated by yarn artist Loani Prior, aka Queen of Tea Cosies, and professional Brisbanebased photographer Mark Crocker. In this exhibition, the tea cosy is a catalyst for dialogue on the joy of owning something handmade and family tradition. Participants in the photographic component of the exhibition are from Warwick, Miles, Hervey Bay, Brisbane, Mittagong & Melbourne and as is revealed through the interviews captured and played in the gallery space as part of the exhibition - the humble tea cosy is a vessel that evokes nostalgic memories and a deep familial love. Take a walk through Gallery Two and view over 20 different hand crafted tea cosies by Loani Prior and their teapots, alongside images by Mark Crocker of individuals with their beloved tea cosies. Image: Loani Prior, All Form and No Function, 2013, Wool, interfacing, 22 x 28 x 13cm & Loani Prior, That Hat, 2013, Wool, polyester fibre fill, 17 x 17 x 24cm. Photo by Mark Crocker.


Join the Blanket Buddies knitting circle The Bundaberg Blanket Buddies are a large group of regular knitters who knit solely for charity purposes. They have most recently knitted blankets for those in need following recent natural disasters such as the Tasmanian bushfires and Bundaberg floods. You can join their knitting circle throughout the duration of the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition. The blanket buddies rely on donations to keep their yarn supplies up. They are seeking donations of 8 ply wool and you can drop your stash or stock off to both BRAG and CHARTS for the duration of the exhibition. When: Wednesday 2 April, Wednesday 16 April and Wednesday 21 May Time: 10 to 12 noon Cost: Free to attend, bring your yarn and knitting needles if you have them or just join in the conversation. Light refreshments provided. Presented as part of the Queensland Festival of Photography 5.


Portraits of a Tea Cosy for Kids Kids French Knitting Workshop Sunday 25 May: Access Studio @ BRAG 12 noon to 2pm

Never knitted before? Come along to this workshop and learn a new art form or build on your skills. Children will learn how to do French Knitting, also known as Tomboy Knitting or Corking! Using simple materials of cardboard tubes and paddle pop sticks as their spool, children will be shown how to wind the wool around the tube to create an interesting shape. This is a great activity to learn the basic principles of traditional knitting with our volunteer guides and expert tutor Jennifer Nuebecker on hand to assist participants. A variety of items will be made on the day using this technique such as bracelets, necklaces, socks, hats, abstract shapes and more. Cost: $12 per child which includes materials Ages: Suitable for children aged six to 16 years Bookings: are essential and can be made by contacting BRAG on (07) 4130 4750 or brag-brc.org.au/workshops Image: Example of a French knitted bracelet made by the tutor using the cardboard spool, each taking around 10 minutes to create.


Books as Art: 30 years in the making Catherine McCue Boes 14 May to 29 June: Gallery One @ BRAG catherinemccue.blogspot.com.au

Bundaberg-based artist Catherine McCue Boes will show a retrospective of 30 years of producing handmade artist books that cover a wide range of inspirational points such as literature, poetry, stories, science, travel, environment and biography. Often produced as small editions or as unique. These works are often narrative driven, others whimsical and playful and some are dark and moody. Forty plus handmade artist books will be on display, alongside selected images from within the pages of the books. In addition a selection of artists books from Catherine’s private collection will be displayed. Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 June, 5:30 to 7:30pm Combined with ImPressed showing in Gallery Two, join artist Catherine McCue Boes on the evening who will be available to answer any questions about her printmaking and book practice over the last three decades. Nibbles and drinks provided. Image: Catherine McCue Boes, Against Nature: The Book of Clones: Mark 2, 2004, digital images on printed coated paper, 22x20, hardbound & published by the artist.


Literary Notions: Fintan Magee 14 May to 6 July: The Vault @ BRAG fintanmagee.com

Fintan Magee will be painting directly onto the walls of The Vault space to create a large scale mural in response to Sebastian Barry’s novel ‘Long Long Way’. This highly acclaimed novel from 2005 charts the experience of a young man caught between the Great War in Europe and the war that is festering in his Irish homeland. Magee’s own heritage is part of the reason the novel is so appealing and inspirational for him. His father is from Northern Ireland, where large scale political murals are prolific and a part of the urban landscape. Their influence on Magee is unsurprising given he has been visiting Ireland since he was five years old. Other events with Fintan Magee @ Bundaberg Regional Galleries: Artist in residence: 12 to 18 May @ BRAG, come and watch Fintan paint live and watch his work come to life. Book club: Wednesday 14 May, 5:30 – 7:00pm Image: ‘The Artifact’ Bogota, Colombia 2013 This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Proudly supported by:


ImPressed Group exhibition of artists’ prints by Wide Bay printmakers 3 June to 27 July: Gallery Two @ BRAG

ImPressed is the culmination of printed works by 25 Wide Bay printmakers from Hervey Bay, Gympie, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and Mount Perry. This group exhibition showcases the wide variety, diversity and techniques used to interpret features of the Fraser Coast and surrounding hinterland. Different techniques such as solar plate, etching, lino, woodblock, screen printing and more will be showcased through a wide variety of original artists’ prints made by hand and by this diverse group of artists. As part of the exhibition – a display of tools and equipment used by the printmakers to demonstrate the process of creation will help aid viewers in understanding these unique and highly skilled medium. Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 June, 5:30 to 7:30pm Combined with Books as art: 30 years in the making in Gallery One, join the Wide Bay printmakers to hear about the process, diversity and practice while enjoying nibbles and drinks. Image: Carol Seeger, Cane Fields at night, Lino cut


School holiday workshop program Kids on tour: Cai Guo-Qiang Kids 5 & 6 April, 11am to 3pm daily @ BRAG, 9AM to 3PM daily @ CHARTS To coincide with the major milestone exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang “ Falling Back To Earth” at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), BRAG & CHARTS will host the regionally touring kids program linked to the exhibition. As part of activities held at BRAG children and families will be able to learn about the artists exciting working methods, participate and display objects and create multimedia gunpowder and firework drawings through interactive tablet applications. As part of the Kids On Tour activities children will be able to make their own bamboo bridge crossing with pieces of bamboo and masking tape inspired by Blue Dragon and bridge crossing 1999 and create their own boats, animals and trees with supplied templates inspired by Cai’s artwork Heritage 2013. Also as part of the Kids on Tour activities, Let’s Create an exhibition with a boy named Cai allows children and families to follow Cai GuoQiang’s artistic journey across the world exploring his inspiration, travels and techniques. This is a free program to regional communities provided by the Queensland Art Gallery’s Regional Services Department.


Meet the maker: Jan Arnold Thursday 22 May, 10 to 1pm BRAG Gallery Gift Shop

Jan Arnold is a talented craft maker and knitter extraordinaire, having learnt her craft at primary school in Young, New South Wales. This skill has become a life-long passion. Jan not only creates tea cosies and other novelties, but also knits toys, trauma bears, plates of “food�, and covered coat hangers. The trauma bears are taken to hospitals and the blood bank by the Red Cross as a comfort for children who are unwell. With the revival of knitting as an art form and the interest in tea cosies, Jan is hopeful that young people will learn the skill which will develop into a life-long love. Come and watch Jan creating her wonderful tea cosies, and have the opportunity to purchase a unique tea cosy and other knitted goods by Jan at our special Meet the Maker gift shop event. Image: Jan holds an unfinished trauma bear with a selection of her teapot cosies in the background.


A u t u m n E x h i b i t i o n s & P ROGRAMS : C H I L D E R S A R TS S PA C E ( C H A R TS )

Speaking About Place Doug Spowart & Victoria CoopeR 1 April to 25 May @ CHARTS cooperandspowart.com.au

Cooper and Spowart work in the early evening’s nocturnal light, a time of day where the afterglow of sunset and the glow of streetlights transform the everyday experience of place. Creating photographs is only the beginning of the Nocturne Project’s activity. After capture the artists select and optimise images that are then posted on social media sites like Facebook. In this online space each community is invited to share their stories or experiences that are connected with the places photographed. This exhibition will include images that Cooper & Spowart have captured in Bundaberg, Childers, Musswellbrook and Grafton. Exhibition Opening: Saturday 12 April 2:00 to 4:00pm Join Doug & Victoria at CHARTS as they officially open Speaking About Place. Drinks & nibbles will be provided. Image: Masonic Temple, 2014,Childers, Cooper & Spowart. Presented as part of the Queensland Festival of Photography 5.


Round Pots, Square Holes Bundaberg Pottery Group and Childers Firehouse Potters 27 May to 20 July @ CHARTS

Round pots/square holes, square pots/round holes, this exhibition will investigate the properties of opposites and how things that initially seem incompatible may be adapted to complement each other. Starting with squares and circles each element may be explored separately or in combination. Both individually created and combined group pieces will be showcased as part of this ceramic exhibition, with a full range of different firing, glazing and pottery techniques on show by some of the region’s most well-known and loved local potters. Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 27 May 5:00 to 7:00pm Join the Bundaberg Pottery Group and Childers Firehouse Potters at CHARTS for a celebration of all things ceramic. Drinks, nibbles and entertainment will be provided. Image: The Bundaberg Potters demonstrating firing techniques as part of the Crush Festival in 2012. Image courtesy of the Crush Festival.


Sunday @ The Palace Sunday 22 June 1:00 to 4:00pm

Childers Arts Space (CHARTS) or as it’s fondly referred to, The Palace, will come alive on a Sunday afternoon for a social affair of wonderful entertainment, drinks and nibbles bringing the arts space alive. Round Pots, Square Holes will be on during this time, so make sure you check out the handy ceramic work by many of our talented potters from Bundaberg and Childers. Check with CHARTS closer to the time for details on entertainers and entry costs (07) 4130 4876 or charts@bundaberg.qld.gov.au


Autumn Artists

at bundaberg regional galleries

Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper Artist in residence: 7 to 21 April Workshop: Saturday 12 April, twilight photographic safari with selected participants cooperandspowart.com.au

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart are artists who work collaboratively to investigate themes, both personal and political, about the representation of ‘site’ and ‘place’ in the Australian natural and urban landscape. Their artworks not only connect with contemporary social issues but are also informed by historical, scientific and mythological insights intrinsic to each site. While working ‘on site’ Cooper and Spowart utilise and extend the concept of the documentary photographic methodology, to include: community involvement, social media platforms, nocturne light, projections and the camera obscura. Their work is resolved as visual narratives in exhibitions, artists books or photobooks and online platforms like Facebook and Blogs. Image: Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper while in the Bundaberg region earlier in the year (Image: Cooper & Spowart)


Fintan Magee Artist in residence: 12 to 18 May Book Club: Wednesday 15 May 5:30pm to 7:00pm fintanmagee.com

Fintan Magee is a Brisbanebased street artist whose artwork is currently taking him all over the world. With a growing reputation for painterly, large-scale imaginative murals, Magee has enlivened spaces in Buenos Aires, Miami, LA, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Vienna, London, Dublin, Columbia, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to name a few. He has also exhibited his work in gallery exhibitions and installations throughout Australia and was recently featured in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2012 - 13. Image: Testing the Protype for the Brisbane Flood Refugee boat’ Coffs Harbour, Australia, 2013


A L I TT L E B I T A B O U T OUR GALLERIES:

Education Free guided tours of the Gallery are available to school and community groups by prior arrangement. Visits to the resident artist studio and hand-on activities for children can also be arranged in conjunction with your tour. Tours may focus on special interest areas, exhibitions or the whole gallery space. Our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. For bookings and enquiries, please contact our Public Programs Officer, Roana O’Neill on (07) 4130 4750 or email bragpublicprograms@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Public Programs As part of our regular public programs you can discover the stories behind the art through artist talks as they share their inspiration for their works and the techniques they have used. Special events such as art demonstrations and workshops cater for a broad range of audiences from artist and educator development, to beginners and children. Over the next 3 months you can enjoy exhibition openings, listen to artist talks, join our Book Club, relax with music and friends and learn more about our region’s local artists. Check our What’s On listing for all of the workshop, artist talk and engagement opportunities over the coming months. Image: Public Programs Officer Roana O’Neill taking school students on a guided tour of the JADA exhibition held in January 2014.


Be part of developing an Art & Alzheimer’s Program

The National Gallery of Australia in collaboration with the Bundaberg Regional Galleries (BRAG & CHARTS) and Alzheimer’s Australia will present a specialised workshop bringing together staff of the gallery, local health care providers and other interested parties to establish a program of gallery art tours for people living with dementia in the Bundaberg region. A program of gallery tours provides people living with dementia an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and life-enhancing ways. A discussion based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion which improves the quality of life for people living with dementia. The training workshop is run by educators involved in running the Art and Alzheimer’s Program at the National Gallery of Australia. The workshop will draw on the knowledge and expertise of the attendees and fosters the necessary partnerships to build a sustainable program in the Bundaberg Regional Galleries.


The two day workshop will include: • An overview of the effects of dementia presented by Alzheimer’s Australia • Demonstration tours of works of art for people living with dementia and their carers • Activities and discussion to share, develop and practice tailored communication skills • Information about current programs, logistics of planning and selection of works of art Workshop details: Where: Wongarra Street Training Rooms, underneath Volunteer House, 78 Wongarra St, Bundaberg When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April, full day workshop, 9:30 to 4:30pm. Who: Open to local health care providers, gallery staff and other interested parties to establish a program of tours for people living with dementia Cost: Free Bookings: Please contact the Bundaberg Regional Galleries, 4130 4750 or bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au


Volunteers At both BRAG & CHARTS we are so fortunate to have over 50 dedicated and committed volunteers, without whom we could not operate as successfully as we do. Our galleries hardworking and enthusiastic volunteers put in over 2,500 hours in 2013! Our volunteers work in many roles – they are the smiling faces that greet you when you walk into the gallery, they are the people who pour your wine and serve you nibblies at the exhibition openings. They are always there to help out at the children’s workshops and behind closed doors they are there demounting and installing our exhibitions. They even cover and maintain the books in our “library”. The galleries volunteers come from all walks of life, ranging in age from 17 to 87, but all share a common love of art, which has led to the formation of the BRAG Trade – an art group whose members are all BRAG volunteers. We are very grateful to all our volunteers and thank each of them for their valuable contribution to both BRAG & CHARTS. Top Image: CHARTS volunteer Joy Kallbus. Bottom Image: BRAG volunteers celebrating their efforts at a morning tea held earlier this year.


Gallery Shop Both BRAG & CHARTS boast gift shops as part of their gallery spaces, offering a unique range of handmade items from local artists and artisans. There are some fantastic gift ideas and a huge range of handmade and often one-off cards available to suit most occasions. BRAG & CHARTS shelves are stocked with leadlight, jewellery, sculpture, indigenous art, pottery, photographs, ceramics, soft toys, fabric art, wearable art, scented candles, painted rocks and more! If you are a local (Bundaberg region) artist or artisan with small, saleable works and are interested in applying to be a gift shop stockist, please contact: Sandra Wright, Administration Officer, BRAG: bragadmin@ bundaberg.qld.gov.au or (07) 4130 4750. Charlie Brun, Administration Officer & Volunteer Coordinator, CHARTS: Charlie.brun@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or (07) 4130 4876. Image: Reginald Rooster (2013) by Dennis Mealor is one example of what you will find in the BRAG gift shop & recycled and reused vintage pieces by Kerry Auer


Autumn What’s On

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APRIL Kids on Tour: Cai Guo-Qiang 5 & 6 April 11:00am to 3:00pm Access Studio BRAG 9:00am to 3:00pm CHARTS ������������������������������������������������������� Portraits of a tea cosy Gallery One, BRAG Loani Prior & Mark Crocker 8 April to 1 June Gallery One ������������������������������������������������������� Blanket Buddies knitting circle Access Studio, BRAG Wednesday 2 April, Wednesday 16 April, Wednesday 21 May 10:00am to 12 noon ������������������������������������������������������� Speaking about place CHARTS Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper 1 April to 25 May Opening: Saturday 12 April 2:00 to 4:00pm ������������������������������������������������������� Art & Alzheimer’s Workshop Wongarra Street Training Room, Bundaberg Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April, 9:30 to 4:30pm Book with BRAG on 4103 4750 or bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

MAY Literary Notions Fintan Magee 14 May to 6 July Book Club: Wednesday 14 May 5:30 to 7:00pm

The Vault, BRAG


Books as art: 30 years in the making Gallery One, BRAG 14 May to 29 June Exhibition opening: Friday 6 June 5:30 to 7:30pm ������������������������������������������������������� Meet the Maker: Jan Arnold Gallery Gift Shop, BRAG Thursday 22 May, 10:00am to 1:00pm ������������������������������������������������������� Portraits of a tea cosy for kids Access Studio, BRAG Sunday 25 May, 12 noon to 2:00pm $12 for children aged 6 to 15 years Bookings: BRAG 4130 4750 or bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au ������������������������������������������������������� Round Pots, Square Holes Bundaberg Pottery Group & Childers Firehouse Potters 27 May to 20 July Exhibition opening: Tuesday 27 May 5:00 to 7:00pm

CHARTS

June ImPressed Gallery Two, BRAG 3 June to 27 July Exhibition opening: Friday 6 June 5:30 to 7:30pm ������������������������������������������������������� Sunday @ The Palace CHARTS Sunday 22 June, 1:00 to 4:00pm Costs, entertainers and more TBC, please contact CHARTS on (07) 4130 4876 or charts@bundaberg.qld.gov.au for more information.


CHANGES TO GALLERY OPERATING HOURS APRIL TO JUNE: BRAG Monday 7 April Gallery Two (upstairs only) closed for install. Friday 18 April (Good Friday) Gallery closed. Sunday 20 April (Easter Sunday) Gallery closed. Monday 21 April (Easter Monday) Reduced operating hours 11am to 3pm. Friday 25 April (ANZAC Day) Reduced operating hours 11am to 3pm. Tuesday 29 April to 11 May BRAG closed for air conditioning upgrade renovations. Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 May BRAG closed for exhibition installation in Gallery One. Monday 9 June (Queens Birthday) Reduced operating hours 11am to 3pm.

CHARTS Friday 18 April (Good Friday) Gallery closed. Saturday 19 April (Easter Saturday) Reduced operating hours 9am to 1pm. Sunday 20 April (Easter Sunday) Reduced operating hours 9am to 1pm. Monday 21 April (Easter Monday) Reduced operating hours 9am to 1pm. Friday 25 April (ANZAC Day) Reduced operating hours 9am to 1pm. Monday 26 May Main gallery being installed for Round Pots, Square Holes. Memorial still able to be accessed. Monday 9 June (Queens Birthday) Reduced operating hours 9am to 1pm.


COMING SOON: July @ Bundaberg Regional Galleries Traversing Antarctica National Archives of Australia touring exhibition Starts 5 July @ Gallery One, BRAG _______________________________________________________ Literary Notions: Hossein Valamanesh Starts 9 July @ The Vault, BRAG _______________________________________________________ Natural Inspirations Collection Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery collection showcase Starts 22 July @ CHARTS _______________________________________________________ austrALIENation HolyGreenCow Starts 29 July @ Gallery Two, BRAG _______________________________________________________ More information on all of the above exhibitions on brag-brc.org.au or keep in touch via our social media channels.


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April to June exhibitions, invites & more from Bundaberg Regional Galleries