Circus of Life

February 15, 2015 @ 2:00 PM

Gecko Studio Gallery & Arthouse
Sculpture and painting by renowned artist Peter Cole

Offshoots by Julie McEnerny

February 27, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

A vibrant exhibition of contemporary botanical illustration In an exciting first for Tropical North Queensland’s contemporary arts venue, Tanks Arts Centre, this touring exhibition has been selected from works created during a series of five consecutive residencies at Tanks, commencing in 2009. Tanks Arts Centre’s residency program is a development initiative to build the capacity of artists in the region, and in this specific case, it gave Julie access to horticultural and traditional Indigenous knowledge of the native plants, and consolidated a lasting relationship with both Tanks and Botanic Gardens curators, and an army of gardeners who collected specimens for her to illustrate. Cairns Botanic Gardens are renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia, with approximately 4000 species, including specimens from Northern Australian rainforests as well as notable species from Southeast Asia. The gardens date back to 1876 and have grown to become one of the most visited attractions in Far North Queensland. Offshoots: A Florilegium from Cairns Botanical Gardens is a collaborative partnership between Julie McEnerny, Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens, with the tour being managed by Museums & Galleries Queensland. The project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and thanks must also go to local Yirrganydji elder, George Skeene and Seith Fourmile of the Gimuy Wallaburra Yidinji people, for the sharing of knowledge of traditional uses for the plants of the region.

My fibre – Textile art by Andrea McCallum

March 05, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Official Opening Friday 6 March 6 - 8 pm After 25 years of teaching Art and Textiles, mainly at Yarram Secondary College, the opportunity to be seen as an artist, rather than a teacher, was something Andrea wanted to strive towards. For 11 years she attended the annual Geelong Textiles Forum, increasing her skills in many areas. Working for days with talented artists was highly inspiring and she learnt a great deal from them. Travelling has led to numerous photos being taken, and these are often her initial inspiration. She also bought a book based on doors from around the world that made her look at doors in a different light. She enjoyed taking endless photos of doors in Europe and these have formed the subject matter of a number of pieces in the exhibition. She had planned to do the whole exhibition around doors, but developed other themes and really wanted to create a diverse array of artworks. She has a passion for working with natural fibres and is excited to be having her first solo exhibition in the Courthouse Gallery, Yarram.

Dan Sultan

March 06, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

West Gippsland Arts Centre
Award Winning Dan Sultan hits the road in intimate solo mode on the back of his new EP, Dirty Ground. This show fully showcases Dan’s unique talent as not only a singer and songwriter, but as a teller of stories - perfect for fans who would prefer to see him in a close setting and experience the album and EP in their rawest and most emotive forms. The tracks on Dirty Ground show another side to the ARIA winning rockstar that we may not have seen before. Dirty Ground bursts with sparse, stunning songs and was recorded in just one day with Jan Skubizewski of Way of the Eagle. It features co-writes with legendary local musicians Paul Kelly, for the title track ‘Dirty Ground’ and ‘On The Leffy’; and Paul Dempsey, for ‘Mountaintop’. Also included on the EP is the poignant ‘Man on TV’, which Sultan wrote whilst in Nashville.

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