Project uses nocturnal light
Captured with sunset, street lights
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 email@example.com 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.
ART PROJECT: Speaking About Place artists Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper.