WORDS LOUISE HICKEY PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAUL WOOD
GLEN BUTLER, KUTHUKUTHURA, 2013. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
WITH SUCH TALENT AND CREATIVITY IN ABUNDANCE RIGHT HERE ON OUR DOORSTEP, SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHES, HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CITY AND SOAK UP WHAT OUR LOCAL ART SCENE HAS TO OFFER.
nyone wanting to enjoy a burst of city culture without leaving the comfort of our sandy shores and Hinterland need look no further than a visit to the Noosa Regional Gallery this month. Known as the Sunshine Coast’s premier art gallery, the space is situated on the Noosa River at Tewantin.
Curator Nina Shadforth says they were excited to host an extraordinary exhibition from Sydney’s Object Gallery, titled HyperClay: Contemporary Ceramic. “This is a provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in bold and unexpected ways and highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities,” Nina says. While honoured to exhibit artists from further afield, she was also proud to talk about the ABC Open’s Snapped Exhibition, also on display during the month of May. “A subject a little closer to home, the exhibition is a celebration of the Sunshine Coast as seen through the eyes of contributors from across the region. It promises to evoke your fond memories and showcases our breathtaking surroundings, including the people that are the heartbeat of the Sunshine Coast,” Nina says.
This is a provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in bold and unexpected ways and highlights the versatility of this timehonoured material …”
PAUL WOOD, GUARDIANS OF A GODDESS (DETAIL), 2011, RE-FIRED CERAMICS AND GLASS, PHOTO: SIRI HAYES
Meandering a little further in search of a culture burst, a trip to the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy is sure to delight with ‘The Cooroy Potters’, a local community group who meet regularly and work alongside each other, exhibiting. The exhibition is called, Journey Through Time and Place and is the fruition of creativity, passion and camaraderie forever captured in clay. “The pottery studio hired by the group allows them to connect, share and expand their skills and repertoire, working in three dimensional form from clay. Artworks created can take the form of functional items and homewares through to decorative sculptures and their consistency in meeting on a weekly basis has resulted in a body of work for the exhibition in May,” Nina says. She added that the highlight for the Butter Factory Arts Centre and the Cooroy Potters exhibition will be the day-long Cooroy Fusion Festival on Saturday, 10 May. As the name implies, the Fusion Festival combines three key Cooroy events, which celebrates the local talent, creativity and innovation.
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