The Bookbinder – Black Box Theatre, 24 -26 August

The Bookbinder – Black Box Theatre, 24 -26 August

Trick of the Light Theatre and Moffat Creative present The Bookbinder They say you can get lost in a good book. But it’s worse getting lost in a bad one… From award winning company Trick of the Light Theatre comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM8luJ5OKbg The Bookbinder is an inventive one man performance that weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Neil Gaiman. For adults and older children (8+). First performed in the back room of a secondhand bookshop as part of NZ Fringe it has since toured across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and USA. It enjoyed a sell out season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in both 2015 and 2016, and received Best Theatre, and Best in the Fringeat the NZ Fringe2014, the International Excellence Award at Sydney Fringe 2014, and the Children’s Theatre Award at Fringe World 2015. “Spellbinding storytelling at its purest and best…” Theatreview, Dunedin “A beautiful, articulate and engaging show that is as engaging as it is mysterious” ★★★★★ alledinburghtheatre.com, Edinburgh “With storytelling of the highest quality, Trick Of The Light have created something truly beautiful here.” ★★★★★ Three Weeks, Edinburgh   Dates: Friday 24 August, performance at 6.00pm; Saturday 25 August, performances at 2.00pm and 6.30pm; Sunday August 26, performance at 5.00pm   Venue: The Black Box Theatre at the Old Ambulance Station, Nambour. Enter from William Street. Cost: $15 children. $25 adults. Register:  click to register through...
Artificial Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum: 5.00-7.00pm July 11

Artificial Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum: 5.00-7.00pm July 11

Artifical Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum Are we in a new AI bubble or will deep learning (DL) deliver on all its promises? Due mainly to deep learning, the past decade has seen incredible, exciting and somewhat unexpected progress in AI. Recently, the debate about the best approach for achieving real AI seems to be reignited as some DL systems fail to live up to the original hype. A growing number of AI researchers think we should take a fresh look at both symbolic and connectionist architectures, and even explore more hybrid solutions. In a non confronting and easy to digest manner, this two hour panel, Q&A and mingle session will discuss the current nature and practical aspects of AI. It will de-bunk the myths and recommend how businesses can embrace AI, both now and in to the future. The forum will also suggest what tips can be provided when looking at service providers to support a business’s AI needs. Our panel will consist of three informed and influential thinkers, writers and speakers on AI. Dr Natalie Rens is the Artificial Intelligence Specialist for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, where she works on strategies to advance AI capability in Queensland. She is the organiser of Brisbane.AI, a meetup with over 2,000 members. Recently, Natalie also founded her own company, Spaceport AI, with the goal of developing technologies that will enable humans to live in space.  Natalie holds a Bachelor in Biomedical Science (honours), Master in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, and a PhD in Neuroscience. Her research focused on the use of machine learning and computational models to...
Out of the Corner of My Eye – The photographs of Bill Walker (1940-2017): 20 April to 20 May

Out of the Corner of My Eye – The photographs of Bill Walker (1940-2017): 20 April to 20 May

“Bill doesn’t set up photos. He catches life, architecture and landscape fragments ‘out of the corner of his eye’. He reflects on them after as to what that spontaneous capture of the image means in terms of his aesthetic. What Bill does set out to photograph are images that suggest the two dimensions in which they will ultimately be viewed. This creates in the viewer a sense of immediate reality- a truth in the image that is intensely satisfying,” Dr Jude Pippen. Bill has had a rich life which informs the variety of his photographic work from theatre production to ship’s engineer and designing knitting patterns! As a student Bill managed the Alexandra Theatre at Monash University before production managing Barry Humphries’ first shows. His career in theatrical production encompassed the major Australian opera companies, the London Palladium and the original Jesus Christ Superstar. He was an early worker on inflatable sets and contributed to shows by Tully, Billy Thorpe, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, the Balinese Dancers amongst others. After a period as a lecturer at NIDA he left theatre to pursue a career as a ship’s engineer on a sailing ship trading in the Pacific. He has a deep interest in Melanesian Culture and until fairly recently lived in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. He is a long term photographer with an interesting eye and deep technical expertise.  Bill wanted to have this exhibition in Nambour where he loved residing in his final years. The family have priced his works to make them accessible to the community to enjoy them in their homes. At the Old Ambo...
Near & Far – an exhibition inspired by travel – Sally Chandler & Valarie Ross: 25 May to 24 June

Near & Far – an exhibition inspired by travel – Sally Chandler & Valarie Ross: 25 May to 24 June

The exhibition ‘Near & Far’ features works which reflect the extensive practice and travel influences of local artists, Sally Chandler and Valarie Ross. Both Sally and Valarie have over the years separately exhibited in Australia and internationally and have works in national and overseas collections.  Sally Chandler As a young artist Sally worked as a studio assistant to the renowned Australian artist Charles Blackman. Earlier she trained at the Central Technical College Art School (now Queensland College of Art) under the two-times winner of the Archibald prize, William Robinson as well as finishing Arts and Education Degrees from the University of Queensland. Her European artistic adventures saw her furthering her education at the pre-eminent Chelsea and St Martins Schools in London.  Inspired by Egyptian tomb paintings, Chinese landscape scrolls and the comic strip, her exuberant yet peaceful style captures her love for the Australian wilderness and unique vision of patterns in exotic landscapes. Widely exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, Sally’s work is held in private, public and corporate collections and has won awards such as the Caltex prize, the James Hardy prize for drawing and the Stanthorpe Heritage award. Sally has successfully blended a practice in art with an exceptional career in education as a Queensland state art advisor, lecturer at Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Art Gallery tutor. Until her retirement Sally was Head of St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane where the Chandler Visual Arts Centre was named in recognition of her service in Arts education. Sally now paints full time at her studios in Samsonvale and Buderim and welcomes visitors to her gallery. Valarie Ross Val...
To discover what really happens at a Long Table Dinner join us on Monday 16 July.

To discover what really happens at a Long Table Dinner join us on Monday 16 July.

The last Old Ambo Long Table Dinner had not only the usual one to one conversation exchanges over the great food we shared, but a number of announcements and entertaining contributions are shared across the long table.   Surrounded by the colours of the Loud and Clear exhibition (on the walls of the Old  Ambo for a whole month and introduced to us by John) people shared their various creations Matt presented his mum’s cook book. Matt’s enthusiasm was appreciated by Robyn, the author and by a number of us who purchased some copies. Glenda, the beautiful host of the evening gifted us with her great singing and Jenny added to it with quite a bit of involvement from the audience. Judith presenting her brooches.  Come and join us on the 16th of every month, you might have a song, a brooch, a painting, a book or something altogether different to share as well. If not, just come and add some JOY. Remember to rsvp to Ludmila -...