A NEW SEASON FOR ART
ECLECTIC EXHIBITIONS ABOUND IN OUR REGIONAL AND PUBLIC GALLERIES FOR AUTUMN
The start of autumn brings many new exhibitions, particularly in our regional and public galleries. With International Women’s Day being held on March 8, the Old Ambulance Station in Nambour and the Butter Factory Arts Centre at Cooroy have exhibitions themed around the many talented female artists who choose to live in the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Then two women, Chantel Lidbetter and Chloe Cox, have a debut exhibition opening at the Gympie Regional Gallery. They work individually in many different forms including painting, sculpture and even animal costumes, to present a melding of imagination and reality. Elsewhere, the Dissonant Rhythms installation exhibition by Ross Manning is at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and the Come Close group exhibition continues to intrigue at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery. Artists have the opportunity to enter the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (now in its 14th year with a first prize of $25,000) and the new Du Rietz at the Gympie Regional Gallery with a prize pool of more than $13,000. You can find out about what’s happening in visual art on the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website. This is a great time of year to visit an art gallery.
Gallery snippets The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour Women of Story: various artists Exhibition dates: until March 31
Women Of Story is an Intergenerational Women’s Story and Art Exhibition in celebration of International Women’s Day. Curated by Peripheral Arts, Women of Story is told by a collective of Sunshine Coast female storytellers, artists and musicians.
Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Illuminate: various artists Exhibition dates: until April 2
This is a hand-picked exhibition showcasing the works of female artists based in the Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. More than a year in the making, Illuminate is a first collaboration for BFAC and WINDO (Women Initiating New Directions Organisation), platforming our region’s female creatives and in sync with International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week.
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Come Close: various artists Exhibition dates: until March 16
Come Close is a group exhibition of the work of Leonard Brown, Christian Flynn, Ian Friend, Gordon Shepherdson, Amber Wallis and Judith Wright. Placed together, the artwork of these six artists is as cohesive as it is distinct. This cohesiveness comes from a shared commitment to the materiality of process and to working with the tensions of form and formlessness.
Gympie Regional Gallery Imagination Maelstrom and No Refunds: Chantel Lidbetter and Chloe Cox (respectively) Exhibition dates: until April 20
This joint debut exhibition is a wild and wonderful exposition boasting the talents of Chantel Lidbetter and Chloe Cox, featuring an array of styles and media from paintings to sculptures to animal costumes.
ABOVE LEFT: A mask in the Women of Story exhibition at the Old Ambulance Station. ABOVE RIGHT: Ellen Appleby's Africa at the Butter Factory Arts Centre. TOP LEFT: University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery has Amber Wallis's Bed and Figure. BELOW: A collage of work at Cooroy's Butter Factory Arts Centre by (from left) Lizzie Connor, Ann Gustavsson, Margaret Builder, Yanni van Zijl and Rosie Lloyd-gilbert. Photos: Dr Lisa Raith (main left), courtesy of the artists and contributed.