Gerald’s body of work
NAKED people will be the focal point of a shopfront in Flinders St over the next few weeks.
It is all part of a new art project, organised by Gerald Soworka, “to get people around and funk Townsville up a little bit”.
Mr Soworka said he believed Townsville’s art scene had hit rock bottom after James Cook University axed its Bachelor of Creative Media degree and hoped “Naked Fridays” life drawing classes at Tonoir’s Espresso Bar would trigger a renaissance.
“There’s a big tradition in the nude in art. Everyone knows when it doesn’t work, there’s no better subject,” Mr Soworka said.
“It’s just the best thing, people are interested in it.”
He envisaged Naked Fridays, starting on October 20, would feature two models posing behind the two large windows in the converted creative space situated next to the Great Northern Hotel.
“We’ll have a big range of bodies,” he said.
Mr Soworka, originally from New South Wales, moved to Townsville in 2001 after he injured his back and found the warmer climate eased the pain he suffered during winter.
He said he had posed as a nude model and so many peopled wanted to do it.
“Some people are hugely nervous but they get used to it,” he said. “It’s a great experience to do. We realised how much tension we’re holding in our bodies.”
Mr Soworka said there would be basic art materials supplied for anyone willing to sketch or paint people in their simplest form.
Naked Fridays would take place between 5- 7pm and continue until November 9.
Mr Soworka, 58, this week put up his latest exhibition Toy Stories: There’s Still Life at the coffee shop.
He said a friend gave him old toys from his generation, which he sketched along with nude portraits in an examination of people growing old.
RAW TALENT: Artist Gerald Soworka is promoting Naked Fridays life drawing classes.