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...
Resist Exhibition, 24 January to 15 February, Old Ambo Galleries

Resist Exhibition, 24 January to 15 February, Old Ambo Galleries

RESIST is an exhibition by the Bloom Collective, a group of multi-disciplinary artists aged 14-25 years from the Sunshine Coast region. It features a broad variety of works that respond to the theme of Resistance and what it means to them. The exhibition showcases visual art, photography, poetry, writing, pottery, film, live music and pop-up shops from local creators.  The Bloom Collective is passionate about activism through art. It represents a wide range of topics and issues that are relevant to young people and endeavours to create safe spaces and places for young people to practice, connect and grow their art forms.  The official launch of the RESIST exhibition is from 5.00pm, Friday 24 January poignantly just before Invasion or Australia Day on 26 January. Musicians performing during the evening include; Big Whoops, Chakra Efendi, Old Home, Zebra FinchJakob Lydford and Brock Ravest. Dates: 24 January to 15 February Opening Hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday Official Opening: 5.00pm till late, Friday 24 January; $5 entry and cash bar Partners: Proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants...
‘There Is Always A Next Thing,’ Exhibition Work by Bachelor of Visual Arts Students, Nambour Campus, 29 November to 14 December

‘There Is Always A Next Thing,’ Exhibition Work by Bachelor of Visual Arts Students, Nambour Campus, 29 November to 14 December

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEXT THING EXHIBITION showcases work by students from the Bachelor of Visual Arts degree program at the Nambour campus of TAFE Queensland (which is delivered in a partnership with the University of Canberra). It includes painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and multi-disciplinary installations. The project-based format of the degree has allowed students the freedom to explore a range of visual arts disciplines, based on their interests. Official Opening: Friday 6th December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Cash Bar Hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday Entry:...
Between, Galley 1, 9-27 October

Between, Galley 1, 9-27 October

BETWEEN is an exhibition of thirty decorated bamboo poles facilitated by Richmond Fellowship Queensland to coincide with World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10 October). Richmond Fellowship Queensland are a community-owned organisation that supports people facing mental health challenges and social disadvantage. Across Queensland, our people and programs encourage self belief and discovery, personal growth and the achievement of life goals. The poles are the result of a group exercise using imagination and senses as a visual marker of inner and outer worlds…. hence ‘between’. Dates: 9 to 27 October, in Gallery 1 Offical Opening: 6.00-8.00pm Thursday 10 October Open: 10.00am to 3.00pm...
Experience Colour, Gallery 2, 27 September to 27 October

Experience Colour, Gallery 2, 27 September to 27 October

EXPERIENCE COLOUR is an exhibition of new abstracts works by local artists Odessa Mahony-de Vries and Amanda Bennetts. Two youthful emerging artists have joined forces to create an array of colourful abstract artwork, in hopes of making their mark on the Sunshine Coast Art scene. This is a must see exhibition for abstract contemporary art lovers alike. The exhibition has a strong focus on process based methods of painting on a large scale. Emphasising a playful and experimental approach to making, the artwork pops with colourful application of pigments, shapes, layering and textures. The artworks may be playful but these artists are serious about their practice, having exhibited in both local and interstate galleries as well as receiving numerous significant awards. Amanda is currently completing her art studies in Brisbane and Odessa has recently returned from her studies in Melbourne.  Dates: 27 September to 27 October 2019 in Old Ambo Gallery 2 Official Opening: 6.00pm to 8.00pm Thursday 10 October Hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to...
Haimakura Hinterland, the landscapes of Roger Callen, 1-24 November, Gallery 1

Haimakura Hinterland, the landscapes of Roger Callen, 1-24 November, Gallery 1

Haimakura is a Japanese word for inspiring and spiritual places in the natural landscape. Haimakura Hinterland are watercolours on paper by local artist Roger Callen of those haimakura places he has identified in southern Queensland. Motivation Roger is motivated by the mystery and intensity of Being, engaging with landscape and nature. He believes that our western society makes us live in our own imagined world, full of hidden boundaries and blind spots which alienate us from our debt to the environment that supports us. His interest in the history and nature of rocks and mountains and the plants that cover them, led to studies in botany and geology, that inspire his art. Maimakura Hinterland Haimakura Hinterland explores places in the landscape that point to the origin of life-force or chi, hence the Japanese word reference. Hinterland is to be taken in its more general sense as that which hovers on the margins of ‘western’ culture, as well as referring to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where most of the works are based. Roger’s relationship with landscape has been there from an early age when he wandered the chalk downs of Kent in England as a boy, collecting fossils and enjoying nature. As an adult he worked mostly in the desert-mountains, dunes and salt-lakes of South Australia. Technique Artist Roger Callen Roger prefers to paint or draw plein air, though he also works in the studio. His art ranges from realist, expressionist, to abstract and may include collage elements, using mainly water-based media on paper or canvas. Official Opening: 6pm Friday 1 November by well known Maleny artist Peter Hudson.  Meet the Artist: Meet Roger...