Considered Design and Resourceful Living – Exhibition, Talks and Workshops, Friday 12 October to Sunday 4 November

Considered Design and Resourceful Living – Exhibition, Talks and Workshops, Friday 12 October to Sunday 4 November

CONSIDERED DESIGN AND RESOURCEFUL LIVING  Throughout October and in conjunction with the 2018 Sunshine Coast Open House program visitors to the Old Ambo can explore, be inspired and get informed at the Considered Design and Resourceful Living Exhibition. Free to the public the exhibition encompasses artwork, talks and workshops.  SEE: Conceptual designs — Living Futures, Nambour Contributing local artists including: Susan Schmidt - “Seaburbia”, Arcylic and Oil paintings John Waldron - “Significance”, 3D printed buildings and digital images Thom Stuart and Pam Walpole - Sunshine Coast Open House 2017 and 2018 artworks Solar horizons — Sunshine Coast Solar Farm images, live data, interactive energy exhibits Installation - The Room That Breathes, Plant Life Balance Tales of Relocatable Homes: a visual diary by Jo Case PRESENTATIONS: (free, but please book) Exploring Renewables + Energy Efficiency + Energy Storage; Wednesday 24 October 5.00pm to 7.00pm,  Book here Rethinking Housing - when bigger isn’t better; Thursday 25 October 6.00pm to 8.15pm, Book here Considered Design Talk Series (5 presentations); Saturday 27 October 10.00am to 3.00pm, Book...
Transdimensional-Journey through time and space with local artist Russell Anderson: Gallery 2, 25 August to 4 November

Transdimensional-Journey through time and space with local artist Russell Anderson: Gallery 2, 25 August to 4 November

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 6 October

The Travelling Wunderkammer: Gallery 1, 25 August to 6 October

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 Saturday 6 October Venue: Gallery 1, Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour Cost: Free...
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...
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...