DUO MAGAZINE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY AND SHANE FITZGERALD, MANAGER GALLERY SERVICES, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL, IN A SERIES THAT DISCUSSES CURRENT TRENDS, MUSINGS AND INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS.
Margaret DODD Garage Deity 1992 Earthenware 23.8 x 20.6 x 27.8cm Ipswich Art Gallery Collection Acquired through the Ipswich Arts Foundation, 2009 Ben QUILTY Torana, Nelson Street 2004
SPORT AND ART: A BRAVE NEW MARRIAGE? WE LIVE in a sport-centric city. But, if sport is theatre – as it is often said – and theatre is art, is sport in fact art? If it isn’t then could there be enough of a link that would see increased cross-over between the audiences of these two industries? Some in Townsville would already rightfully profess to be avid fans of both sports and the arts. However, I would wager that the vast majority of people – if being completely honest – would have an inclination to support one over the other. In the arts, we often bemoan this fact as big slices of the media coverage pie, and subsequently the funding pie, tend to be gobbled up by sporting events and clubs. Even living in a sport-centric city, I can’t abide this being right, or fair. But in the interest of impartiality, I also wonder if we in the arts are proactive enough in breaking down the barriers between arts and sports audiences? Are we actively seeking to establish links between artistic and sporting events, and therefore making our product accessible to a wider audience? We are in an enviable position in Townsville to have two nationally recognised and celebrated galleries, as well as national sporting clubs across a number of codes. As such, we are presented with some extraordinary opportunities to develop art exhibitions and programs that link with major sporting events. This is an avenue that is rarely explored in Australia, but is increasingly being explored by Gallery Services and has the potential to benefit both the Gallery and sports sectors by attracting new participants to both. In a display of good sportsmanship (pun intended) Perc Tucker Regional Gallery has enlisted the support from some of Australia’s finest and most
Oil on canvas 50.6 x 30.8cm Ipswich Art Gallery Collection, 2005
celebrated contemporary artists practising today to develop what is arguably the finest selection of works that celebrates a unifying motif as a metaphor for our fascination with, and enduring love of, the Motor Vehicle. Entitled VRROOOM the exhibition has been intentionally developed and scheduled to be on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery during the hugely successful Sucrogen Townsville 400 V8 event, now in its fifth year, and strong ties and a partnership of sorts has been formed with the V8 Supercars that will see one Townsville child’s drawing featured on a V8 racing car during the Townsville event. Despite the strong links between VRROOOM and the Sucrogen Townsville 400, the Gallery has made a conscious effort to not diminish the artistic integrity of the exhibition. Featuring nationally recognised artists such as Patricia Piccinini, Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, inaugural Bvlgari Art Award winner Michael Zavros, Eamon O’Toole and Ann Newmarch, the exhibition does not seek to breed a new generation of rev heads or racing car drivers; rather it simply forms a thematic link that encourages critical thinking about relevant issues in society, with visitors prompted through the artworks and activities to explore and consider connected themes such as technology, travel and the environment. We live in a sport-centric city and consequently Townsville is increasingly cementing its place as a sporting and events capital in Queensland and nationally, and through this approach the arts may – oddly enough – have much to celebrate.
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Published on May 31, 2013
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