Long Table Dinner with guest theatre maker Anna Loren, 6.00pm Wednesday 16 September

Long Table Dinner with guest theatre maker Anna Loren, 6.00pm Wednesday 16 September

At this Long Table Dinner in our gallery we’ll be surrounded by Me & Leonard & An Old Piano, an exhibition by artist Jo Williams, the result of years of her organic affair with music and a couple of old pianos.  We’ll also met theatre maker, Anna Loren. Anna has her creative studio at the Old Ambo and was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020 – 2021. Anna will share with us her craft and the writing of her play Comfort which recently had its first public reading.  Diners will also get to see and hear about the latest addition to the gallery - a small gift shop.  Our COVID Safe Plan requires that in addition to the dish you will bring to share (and served by us) you bring your own plate, glass and cutlery. Yes, a picnic in the Old Ambo! We’ll set the tables, chairs, tablecloth and serving utensils. As numbers are limited, registration is required via FREE ticket from As numbers are limited, registration is required via FREE ticket from http://bit.ly/sepdinner And as always, expect the unexpected!  Date: 6.00pm, Wednesday 16th September Venue: The Old Ambo Gallery Cost: Free but ticket registration required Tickets: http://bit.ly/sepdinner Enquires: Ludmila 0434 357 862 or...
Long Table Dinner with guest Maldives Artworks creator Roland Nancarrow, 6.00pm Sunday 16 August

Long Table Dinner with guest Maldives Artworks creator Roland Nancarrow, 6.00pm Sunday 16 August

The Long Table Dinner returns to the Old Ambo. After a COVID inspired virtual platform, our Long Table Dinner returns to the Ambo at last! At this Long Table Dinner in our gallery we’ll be surrounded by Maldives Artworks, a stunning exhibition of vibrant watercolours, acrylics on canvas and hand painted sculptural wall works. Our special guest, exhibiting artist Roland Nancarrow will talk to us about his time in the Maldives and the inspiration for his work. Local creatives Rose Hill and Herb Fenn will also add to the dinner by sharing the book they have created during the COVID lockdown.  Our COVID Safe Plan requires that in addition to the dish you will bring to share (and served by us) you bring your own plate, glass and cutlery. Yes, a picnic in the Old Ambo! We’ll set the tables, chairs, tablecloth and serving utensils. As numbers are limited, registration is required via FREE ticket from Eventbrite Long Table Dinner. And as always, expect the unexpected!  Date: 6.00pm, Sunday 16th August Venue: The Old Ambo Gallery Cost: Free but ticket registration required Tickets: Eventbrite Long Table Dinner Enquires: Ludmila 0434 357 862 or...
Me and Leonard and an Old Piano, by artist Jo Williams. Old Ambo Galleries, 28 August to 2 October

Me and Leonard and an Old Piano, by artist Jo Williams. Old Ambo Galleries, 28 August to 2 October

The exhibition Me & Leonard & an Old Piano by Jo Williams is the result of years of her organic affair with music and a couple of old pianos.  Jo works to music in her arts practice, from an eclectic selection ranging from Phillip Glass, Mama Mofo to Gregorian Chants. Her favourite though is Leonard Cohen. His music. His lyrics. Whether she is responding to African Drums or didgeridoo or Mozart, Jo believes that it is the song on the music page that will affect your emotions and therefore your mark making.  The piano entered Jo’s practice seven years ago when the Gympie Regional Art Gallery proposed she do a workshop over 3 weeks for their 15th birthday celebrations. The theme was ‘Playing Up’ with the image of a piano. Jo found an old piano in the Maryborough dump shop, but the logistics of getting it to Gympie were so overwhelming they got their own piano. So hers sat in the weather for a year before she dismantled it and started using the pieces in her drawings and in her assemblage pieces.  Earth Song Strike A Chord I Wish There Was A Treaty Jo uses acrylic paints and mixed media in her paintings and her themes are very organic and conceptual in nature. Her assemblages and sculptures are made up from layers of found objects – including old piano parts – and quite often organic material. Says Jo, ” I don’t analyse where my work is going. I start with a concept, an idea, lyrics from a song and it develops organically exploring different mediums as I roll.  It’s only looking...
Long Table Dinner with guest Maldives Artworks creator Roland Nancarrow, 6.00pm Sunday 16 August

Maldives Artworks by Roland Nancarrow, Old Ambo Galleries from 20 July 2020

Take a trip to the Maldives through the art of prominent Queensland artist Roland Nancarrow. This stunning exhibition features a vibrant selection of watercolour works on paper, acrylics on canvas and hand painted sculptural wall works inspired by a series of trips and residencies in the Maldives. The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. A popular tourist destination known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.  Traditionally the island communities were very close-knit and despite the advent of tourism in the 1970’s and accelerated modernisation, this togetherness is still prevailing, with many cultural traditions and practices remaining. The greatest challenge for the nation is the impact of climate change and rising sea levels. Roland first travelled to the Maldives in 2016 and has since spent time on three islands as artist-in-residence at Reethi Rah, Niyama Private Islands and Kanifushi.  This exhibition captures the essence of the picturesque Maldives seen through the eyes of an artist renowned for his visual expression of the gardens, forests and wildlife of tropical Australia. The compositions include a mix of contrasting stark whites of the sand and heavy palm shadows, the organic shapes of plants and corals, the radiant colours of flowers and bird life against the wide twilight sky, and the flowing rhythms of the ocean and swaying cane. The exhibition of 55 paintings and 15 sculptural wall works offers a vibrant view of the natural beauty of another part of our world and a chance to consider aspects that connect our experience of island life with that...
Join Our Special Guests At July’s Virtual Long Table Dinner, At Your Place, 6.00pm Thursday 16 July

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

Joining the virtual dinner table for July’s dinner will be our very special guests: Patricia Hovey and Jo Burden from the Brisbane Combined Union Choir; Michael Conrad, founder of the CAVU Distillery and musician Andrea Kirwin. Like all Long Table Dinners, you’ll enjoy the company, the humour and the unexpected! Patricia Hovey, the president of the Brisbane Combined Union Choir and its members will contribute to the opening of the VLTD with a very special song ‘Solidarity Forever.’ A member of the choir Jo Burden (all the way from Malta) will be the first speaker of the night, sharing her thoughts on zooming, singing across the ocean, writing and walking the streets of Valetta.  Michael Conrad is the founder of the CAVU Distillery, tucked away behind the Big Pineapple. Michael will share his story of building a home for Sunshine and Sons Original Vodka and Dry Gin Distillery and how he dealt with launching it into the market place of 2020. CAVU is an aeronautical term for Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited. ‘Taking each day as it comes’ is for Michael a way to live. Some of you remember our first contributing musician to our April VLTD, Andrea Kirwin (or Andrea Viti K).  Andrea has worked and achieved a lot over the three months since she sang and created a song about our VLTD. Her PATREON website is literally bursting! Andrea has collaborated with many including the AMBO’s very own Robbie Murray and serenaded on a sunset/full moon yacht cruise with Saltwater Eco Tours. This time we will hear her song ‘We will Overcome.’ While it was palpable at the last VLTD how much people would love to meet...