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

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...
‘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...

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:...