‘First Wave’ by Sandy Doble, Virtual Exhibition In A Virtual Gallery, from 19 June 2020

‘First Wave’ by Sandy Doble, Virtual Exhibition In A Virtual Gallery, from 19 June 2020

‘FIRST WAVE,’ is the Old Ambulance Station’s first virtual gallery exhibition. The work of Sunshine Coast artist Sandy Doble, ‘First Wave’ describes the experience of an artist during COVID-19 lockdown, isolated in an empty public gallery. Visitors enter the virtual gallery https://bit.ly/virtualambo from the Old Ambo’s website to view Sandy’s drawings. Sandy believes, “First Wave, reflects the abruptness, vacancy and despair of enforced isolation. I missed the pre covid engagement with the artist community. Whilst by nature our work is solitary, we do enjoy the exchange of ideas and opinions. Galleries like the Old Ambo play a critical role in keeping artists and the community together.” Click to hear Sandy further describe First Wave. Once inside the virtual exhibition and gallery visitors are able to click to four of the featured drawings to hear Sandy talk about her work. Exit Now, depicts the panicked behaviour of the first days of the pandemic is represented in the animation of the exiting figure to an unknown point (arrow) and the urgency of the situation in the use of the colour red. Click to hear Sandy talk about Exit Now. In Overwhelming Space, is it just me walled in by the unknowns of this pandemic? Alone. Click to hear Sandy reflect on Overwhelming Space. With Ambo I sought perspective by leaving the walls of the Old Ambo and working on my art from the pavement opposite.  If the role of the artist is to provoke response from observers I succeeded. Empathy – yes. Hostility – yes! Click to learn more about Ambo. ANZAC PPE For the first time in the history of the 104 year...
Join Our Special Guests At June’s Virtual Long Table Dinner, At Your Place, 6.00pm Tuesday 16 June

Join Our Special Guests At June’s Virtual Long Table Dinner, At Your Place, 6.00pm Tuesday 16 June

Joining the virtual dinner table for June’s dinner will be our very special guests, Kari, Claire Carpenter and Jesper Christiansen. Like all Long Table Dinners, you’ll enjoy the company, the humour and the unexpected! Kari is a maker - with clay, fabric, wood and silver - and she’s a unique, very talented celebrant. But at our dinner she will contribute as a musician!  Award-winning social entrepreneur Claire Carpenter, CEO and founder of The Melting Pot – one of the world’s first coworking spaces – in 2005 in her adopted home city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Claire’s expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. She is an ideas and action oriented person and will present thejourney of bringing this European ‘first’ to life and keeping it alive in this industry’s current battle due to Covid19. After creating and developing his various hats in many countries, Jesper  Christiansen entered the Solution Focused (SF) world more than a decade ago – a world of simple, fast acting approaches to complex challenges. Jesper is happy to share a little family-corona-story “Taking our own SF medicine”. We’re looking forward to seeing you again and to welcoming your friends, your neighbours and any interstate and overseas fly-ins – please do share this invitation.To join in our VLTD at 6.00pm (AEST) Tuesday 16 June it is important that you RSVP to Ludmila Doneman before Sunday 14th June.  Those attending will be emailed an invitation with all that you’ll need to know plus the Zoom link. If you are not experienced with Zoom let us know now and we will ‘walk’ you through it ahead of the meeting – it’s easy!Date: 6.00pm, Tuesday 16 JuneVenue: The Dinner Table at Your Place! RSVP: Ludmila...
Join Our Virtual Long Table Dinner – The Venue? Your Place, 6.00pm Saturday 16 May

Join Our Virtual Long Table Dinner – The Venue? Your Place, 6.00pm Saturday 16 May

Our first VLTD worked a treat. For our second VLTD on Saturday 16 May we will keep a similar format of check-ins, song, play and mini talks while you are enjoying a favourite meal with fellow VLTD Zoomers at YOUR dining table. A special guest at this VLTD will be Nambour artist Sandy Doble. First Wave is Sandy’s first major body of work and will be the subject of the Old Ambo’s first virtual gallery exhibition currently being prepared for online viewing in June. First Wave describes the experience of an artist during COVID-19 lockdown isolated in an empty gallery. Exit Now a featured drawing from the exhibition is shown above. Like all Long Table Dinners, you’ll also need a sense of humour and to expect the unexpected!To join in our VLTD at 6.00pm (AEST) Saturday 16 May it is important that you RSVP to Ludmila Doneman before 13th May. Those attending will be emailed an invitation with all that you’ll need to know and the Zoom link. Date: 6.00pm, Saturday 16 MayVenue: The Dinner Table at Your Place!  RSVP: Ludmila...
Join Our First Virtual Long Table Dinner – The Venue? Your Place, 6.00pm Thursday 16 April

Join Our First Virtual Long Table Dinner – The Venue? Your Place, 6.00pm Thursday 16 April

You’re invited to our 53rd Long Table Dinner, but this dinner thanks to COVID-19, will be rather special because it will be held at your place! Yes, we want you to participate in our first VIRTUAL (thank you Zoom!) Long Table Dinner. You’ll still be required to prepare a favourite dish, but this time you will eat it all by yourself or with those you are confined to share your house with and invited! Like all Long Table Dinners, you’ll also need a sense of humour and to expect the unexpected!To join in our VLTD at 6.00pm (AEST) Thursday 16 April it is important that you RSVP to Ludmila Doneman before 10th April, ie Good Friday. Those attending will be emailed an invitation with all that you’ll need to know (including how to use Zoom -don’t worry it’s real easy!) and the link. We’ve some surprise dinner guests already booked for a seat at your table! Date: 6.00pm, Thursday 16 AprilVenue: The Dinner Table at Your Place!  RSVP: Ludmila...

COVID-19:Temporary Closure of the Old Ambo Exhibition Galleries

Dear Friends of the Old Ambulance Station,  We are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of you, your family and your friends as the current situation in Australia is unfolding in regard to COVID-19.  Like so many of our arts industry colleagues across the state and the country, the Old Ambo has taken the unenviable step of closing our exhibition gallery and suspending our exhibitions and gallery events until further notice. This will be effective immediately and includes upcoming exhibition openings, Long Table Dinners (the 16th of each month) and the exhibitions Me & Leonard & An Old Piano (artist Jo Williams) and Portrait Artist Trapped Inside A Plumber, Breaks Out After 30 Years (artist Terry Gillam).  These are very peculiar times as we all navigate our way through this together. While our day to day lives are being impacted upon – please remember the power of the arts. Read, watch movies, play music, dance, share stories (and don’t forget to exercise!). Also think about those artists who will be dramatically affected by this situation. So many will be doing it tough in the coming months, so please assist where you can so that we can all bounce back to keep our culture alive. Meantime we will maintain our vigilance and will communicate any additional changes, requests or information that we believe will assist during this period of uncertainty. Michael DonemanBoard PresidentThe Old Ambulance...