Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ARTS - WORDS: TONY GILL Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for over 24 years.

The Sun­shine Coast is now a ma­jor com­mu­nity and there­fore wor­thy of a sub­stan­tial pub­lic art gallery. While we wait to see what our sig­na­ture art gallery may look like, we can still en­joy won­der­ful art in the many pub­lic gal­leries dot­ted through­out the re­gion.

Within an easy drive, these ex­hibit­ing spa­ces host a di­verse selec­tion of art and of­ten tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tions as well.

The Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery is the pub­lic art gallery for the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil area, while Te­wantin hosts the

Noosa Re­gional Gallery at the pic­turesque Noosa Ma­rina.

There are also re­gional art gal­leries to the north at Gympie – housed in a de­light­ful her­itage build­ing – and to the south is the pur­pose-built Hub at Ca­bool­ture (in the Moreton Bay re­gion, but eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble).

Com­ple­ment­ing the re­gional gal­leries are a num­ber of other spa­ces open to the pub­lic at no charge.

The Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery is on the cam­pus at Sippy Downs.

Nam­bour has the Old Am­bu­lance Sta­tion which reg­u­larly hosts new dis­plays, and Cooroy But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre con­tin­ues to be a great venue for the vis­ual arts.

All these gal­leries host reg­u­larly chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and events, so for the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion, check out the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site and go to the ‘Ex­hi­bi­tions’ page.

Gallery snip­pets

Noosa Re­gional Gallery

Taste of Art: re­gional artists

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til March 10

Taste of Art is the an­nual mem­bers’ ex­hi­bi­tion and art prize hosted by the

Friends Noosa Re­gional Gallery. This highly an­tic­i­pated event high­lights the rich and di­verse cre­ative tal­ent on the Sun­shine Coast. The win­ning art­work is: 2D – Trevor Purvis, Bush Camp on the Par­roo, 2018: oils on board; 3D – Fiona Cuth­bert O'meara, Un­der­growth, 2018: ce­ramic in­stal­la­tion.

Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery Dis­so­nant Rhythms: Ross Man­ning Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til March 31 Dis­so­nant Rhythms is Bris­bane-based artist and mu­si­cian Ross Man­ning’s first sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion. Best known for his use of ev­ery­day ma­te­ri­als, Man­ning’s ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures sculp­tures that re-pur­pose ceil­ing fans, flu­o­res­cent tubes and over­head pro­jec­tors.

Pro­pelled by elec­tric­ity and their own ki­netic forces, Man­ning’s works en­gulf the en­tirety of spa­ces they ex­ist in, cap­tur­ing view­ers in mes­meris­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with light and sound. But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre, Cooroy A sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion: Wolf­gang Lämmle Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Fe­bru­ary 26

This in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed “Mas­ter of Light” has a colour­ful his­tory in the arts. Ger­man-born Wolf­gang Lämmle gives us a peek into his mas­ter­ful col­lec­tion – per­haps for the last time. A lead­ing im­pres­sion­ist, Lämmle has been a sought-af­ter teacher and Mas­ter of Light in­ter­na­tion­ally. A re­cent health di­ag­no­sis for Wolf­gang means that stu­dio time is limited and he is now en­joy­ing re­sid­ing in the Cooroy hin­ter­land.

Gympie Re­gional Gallery

Pris­matic Pachy­derms: Sarah Larsen Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Fe­bru­ary 23

Pris­matic Pachy­derms is an in­ter­ac­tive anal­ogy by cen­tral Queens­land artist Sarah Larsen that ex­plains the im­pact of those liv­ing with Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der, through the world of ele­phants, to cre­ate a deeply per­sonal ex­hi­bi­tion. Larsen has drawn on her child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in Africa and her fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences with ASD to cre­ate this in­spi­ra­tional and deeply per­sonal ex­hi­bi­tion.


DEEPLY PER­SONAL: Gympie Re­gional Gallery has Sarah Larsen's Buella Mys­terium on dis­play as part of her Pris­matic Pachy­derms ex­hi­bi­tion. ABOVE LEFT: Taste of Art 2D prize win­ner Trevor Purvis with Bush Camp on the Par­roo.

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