‘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 old celebration of ANZAC day, the 25th April 2020 will be recalled for the solitary nature of the remembrance. Social distancing practices precluded traditional marches and gatherings at RSLs. We see the figures here separated rather than walking or marching together. Here the two hands of ANZAC, one Australian, the other New Zealand are together grappling with need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PPE in this instance an allegory for COVID-19. Click to hear Sandy talk about this work.

Dates: From 19 June

Opening Hours: Any time day or night. Visit https://bit.ly/virtualambo

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