Maroochy Gunyah – Old Ambo Galleries, July 4 to 21

Maroochy Gunyah – Old Ambo Galleries, July 4 to 21

Maroochy Gunyah – Images of the Ngudur/ Diura (Gunyah) of South East Queensland and traditional domestic architecture across Australia. The severe disruption of colonisation and subsequent incarceration of most Aboriginal people in government reserves curtailed Indigenous cultural practices in many parts of Australia. This saw immense loss of Indigenous technologies, arts and crafts, especially between c.1890 and 1950. Fortunately, however, most Aboriginal groups retained oral traditions concerning their culture, and some elements of crafts continued to be practiced. A group of Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi cultural practitioners, lead by Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller, have managed to revive traditional practices such as bark canoe and tow-row (fish nets) making and others. These activities have been informed through conversations with their families and elders; connection with similar practices in other parts of Australia; researching museum collections and historic documents; and by painstakingly trialing and re-trialing the reconstruction of specific practices and methods. A particular interest of this group has been to develop contemporary expressions of their culture through creative collaboration and by utilizing modern technologies. ‘Maroochy Gunyah’ is the latest project of this type, combining the traditional knowledge of Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller; talents of fibre artist Kris Martin, photographer/projection artist James Muller, researcher Ray Kerkhove and curator John Waldron. In 2017 as part of the Horizon Festival, ’Maroochy Gunyah’ at Chambers Island featured a Gunyah modelled after the ‘split beehive’ design, but used as a contemporary art installation. The photographic projections emulate the Gubbi Gubbi tradition of decorating hut interiors. Project Credits: Maroochy Gunyah Performance concept and artwork: Kris Martin Construction and Indigenous mentoring: Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller Research and...
Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence – Old Ambo Galleries, 25 July to 19 August

Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence – Old Ambo Galleries, 25 July to 19 August

Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence The Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence is a national exibition developed and organised annually by Suncoast Clayworkers. The awards which offer over $5,000 in prize money attract entries from across Australia. The works shown are diverse and range from domestic to sculpture.  There is also a specially displayed section for items made from 300grams of clay. All of the items are for sale and members of Suncoast Clayworkers will be in the Old Ambo galleries to talk to visitors.  Date: Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 11 August Exhibition Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm and Saturday’s 10.00am to 12.00pm.  Exhibition Opening: 6pm Friday 27 July with special guests, Councillor Jenny McKay and judge Maryke Henderson (Canberra). Light refreshments provided.  Venue: The Old Ambo Galleries, Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour Following the Ignition Awards for Ceramic Excellence exhibition another Suncoast Clayworkers exhibition opens on Monday 13 August in the Old Ambo Galleries. Making Marks in Mudd is an exhibition of original handcrafted ceramics and sculpture exploring mark making in clay by Suncoast Clayworker member and scholarship winner Cathy Lawley. The exibition will be offically opened at 6.00pm on Thursday 16 August by Suncoast Clayworkers President Jackie Gasson and will run from Monday 13 August until Sunday 19...
Transdimensional-Journey through time and space with local artist Russell Anderson: Gallery 2, 25 August to 2 September

Transdimensional-Journey through time and space with local artist Russell Anderson: Gallery 2, 25 August to 2 September

Transdimensional Journey through time and space with local public artist Russell Anderson. This fascinating exhibition showcases a collection of sculptural apparatus, from tea bag jigglers to interactive machines.  With seductive surfaces of polished and cast bronze, brass, steel and copper, small scale artworks appear alongside a large, immersive installation. The sculptures include interactive lighting as well as engaging analogue and digital technologies.  Together, the collection offers a compelling narrative exploring the life and creations of Cornelius Dempsey, an inventor from times past, who made machines that could transport him through the multiverse. Russell’s APPARATUS series is a growing collection of fictionalised, human-scale machines located in several cities and towns throughout the Australia. Viewers are prompted to consider the nature of time and place, our impact and how we understand what was, ponder what is and speculate on the possibilities Sustainable practice is an integral part of Russell’s work and lifestyle choices. Russell works from an off-the-grid, completely solar powered workshop and studio in Witta, which is equipped with CNC tooling and a full machine shop. He drives a hybrid electric car and has strong interest in sustainable solutions such as using reclaimed timbers, low-energy lighting, alternative energy and supporting local manufactures.   ABOVE: Apparatus for Viewing Transdimensional Mechatronic Variants of a Set Cause #4a, 2013, Cast bronze, stainless steel, copper, brass, found vintage objects, LEDs, DC generators, super capacitors   About Russell Anderson Russell has been a full-time artist for over 20 years designing and building small to large-scale public art commissions for community, government, theatre and festivals. His monumental sculpture iDIDIT! that captures the joy of a child successfully completing a handstand...
The Travelling Wunderkammer: Gallery 1, 25 August to 2 September

The Travelling Wunderkammer: Gallery 1, 25 August to 2 September

The Travelling Wunderkammer Wunderkammer, or cabinets of curiosities, arose in mid-sixteenth-century Europe as repositories for all manner of wondrous and exotic objects and antiques.   This Travelling Wunderkammer is a collaboration of interdisciplinary artists in puppetry, animatronics, virtual reality, sculpture, prop building, performance art, fine art and fibre art to recreate a menagerie of mythological creatures gathered from the four corners of the globe. See for yourself real Faeries and Dragons, monsters and aliens. See if you can wake the slumbering Yeti or uncover the spells hidden deep in the magic Grimorum Necromorum. Be enthralled by the the Großmutter Meerjungfrau, but cover your ears as she wails the song of the Siren calling for her lost babies.   Engage with the kinetic sculptures on display, for it is through our relationship to the hidden and mystical that we can enter the world of lost artifacts, and mythical creatures. Connect to magic and the darker side of the magical realm!  Date: Saturday 25 August to Sunday 2 September Plus don’t miss the combined opening night for The Travelling Wunderkammer and Transdimensional with live entertainment on Saturday 25 August from 6pm – 9pm. Venue: Gallery 1, Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour Cost: Free...
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...
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 -...