Project uses noc­tur­nal light

Cap­tured with sun­set, street lights

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

WEL­COME and hello to an­other fort­nightly col­umn of arts and cul­ture specif­i­cally cov­er­ing news in and around the Childers re­gion. I should also in­tro­duce my­self as I’m not the reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor, Jess. I’m Jeremy Sta­ples, Jess Marsel­los’ ma­ter­nity leave re­place­ment for the next six months.

My role as the mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at the Bund­aberg Re­gional Gal­leries also in­cludes both BRAG in Bund­aberg and CHARTS in Childers. My role with this col­umn is about high­light­ing lo­cal arts news, re­views, open­ings and work­shop op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as po­ten­tial av­enues to con­nect groups from Childers and sur­round­ing re­gions. Be­ing new to the re­gion, I’ll need your sup­port to make this hap­pen. Please get in con­tact on brag­mar­ket­ing@bund­aberg.qld.gov.au with all of your arts and cul­ture news. This isn’t my first time to the re­gion though; I’ve de­liv­ered work­shops and projects via the Cre­ative Re­gions, Crush fes­ti­vals for the past two years and fell in love with the people and cre­ative arts com­mu­nity.

For the past three months, Doug Spowart and Vic­to­ria Cooper have been con­nect­ing with the Childers re­gion as part of the Noc­turne Bund­aberg re­gion project linked to the Speak­ing About Place ex­hi­bi­tion com­ing up at Childers Arts Space (CHARTS). Cooper and Spowart will be open­ing their ex­hi­bi­tion, Speak­ing About Place on Satur­day, April 12 from 2 - 4pm. The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases pho­tog­ra­phy of the Childers and Bund­aberg re­gion taken early evenings util­is­ing noc­tur­nal light, and cap­tur­ing the af­ter­glow of sun­set and the glow of the street­lights.

Chi­nese-born, New York-based artist Cai Guo-Qiang has de­vel­oped “Kids on Tour” a se­ries of free cre­ative work­shops vis­it­ing Childers Arts Space (CHARTS) April 5 and 6 from 9am - 3pm daily. Fam­i­lies can make and dis­play ob­jects, cre­ate spec­tac­u­lar multimedia gun­pow­der draw­ings and ex­plo­sions and watch a short an­i­mated film about the art and ad­ven­tures of Cai Guo-Qiang. Kids on Tour co­in­cides with the ma­jor mile­stone ex­hi­bi­tion – ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: “Fall­ing Back To Earth”‘ at the Queens­land Art Gallery | Gallery of Mod­ern Art (GOMA) on un­til May this year.

Also on April 5 and 6, Vint­ner’s Se­cret Vine­yard are host­ing a Paper Mak­ing and Book Con­struc­tion work­shop with the renowned Anne Brown from 8.30am – 3.30pm. Only 10 places are avail­able at $80 with a $20 de­posit to con­firm your spot. Book­ings can be made via (07) 4126 1255 or call­ing into Vint­ner’s Se­cret Vine­yard at 135 North Isis Rd, Childers.

The Childers Vis­ual Art Group’s an­nual Art Camp is on again from April 21 - 26 at River­side Re­treat. This year, lo­cal artist and Childers Arts Coun­cil pres­i­dent Alice McLaugh­lin will be con­duct­ing work­shops about build­ing up colour and tex­ture us­ing the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Places are strictly limited so book­ing is es­sen­tial. If you would like to spend a few days ex­plor­ing your cre­ative spark, phone Alice for more de­tails on 4126 1581.

An­other youth ac­tiv­ity part of RE: ACT Youth Month is hap­pen­ing in Woodgate, Movie Un­der the Stars. The clas­sic com­edy Mamma Mia will be screened on the Woodgate

Jeremy Sta­ples Spend a few days ex­plor­ing your cre­ative spark.

Sports Oval on Fri­day, April 18 from 6.30pm. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0429 448 081.

Keep your eyes peeled for knit­ting in strange places! A num­ber of anony­mous knit­ters and cro­cheters from across the re­gion have been busy cre­at­ing a wild as­sort­ment of knitted nov­el­ties to cel­e­brate the Por­traits of a Tea Cosy ex­hi­bi­tion, hap­pen­ing at the Bund­aberg Re­gional Art Gallery from April 8 - June 1 at Gallery two.

Visit http://brag-brc.org.au/ for more in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts of these weird and won­der­ful “woolies”.

Please visit these ex­hi­bi­tions and par­tic­i­pate in these work­shops.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ART PROJECT: Speak­ing About Place artists Doug Spowart and Vic­to­ria Cooper.

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