Rockhampton Art Gallery: Collection Intervention (Exhibition Launch)

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I cannot believe that this is my first review of an exhibition launch. I have attended a few but never really had much to write about. This time, however, I was able to spend quite a bit of time exploring the exhibition as well as enjoying the launch. The exhibition in question is Collection Intervention, now on display at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

The aim of the exhibition is for the Gallery’s collection to be reinterpreted by contemporary Queensland artists. Rockhampton has amassed one of the most incredible collections of Australian art. To paraphrase the Mayor, Margaret Strelow, the collection contains a remarkable piece of work by almost every well-known Australian artsit. It would be fantastic to see these works permanently on display! Continue reading “Rockhampton Art Gallery: Collection Intervention (Exhibition Launch)”

Rockhampton Art Gallery: Happy Birthday Play School

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If you were born and/or raised in Australia during the last 50 years, you are probably very familiar with Play School. Personally, it played a huge role in my childhood, teaching me shapes, colours, songs, etc. I really wanted to see this exhibition when it was at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra last year. Unfortunately, I never had the chance. Luckily, it came to a gallery near me!

I only had one expectation – I wanted the exhibition to be fun and nostalgic. I was hoping for a balance between activities and labels for kids and information for adults. In short, the exhibition did achieve this goal. Spread over two rooms, you can categorise room one as the more informative room and room two as the room for kids. I will go into more detail later, but, I really want to focus on why it was a successful kid’s exhibition that wasn’t just designed for kids. Continue reading “Rockhampton Art Gallery: Happy Birthday Play School”

Rockhampton Art Gallery

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Greetings from the beautiful city of Gladstone! This is my third week working at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum. My first couple of weeks have been nothing but incredible. I have learned everything from hanging artworks to lighting exhibitions. I have also guided three educaiton programs learning so much about the State Heritage Listed Town Hall and Council Chambers. I still have to pinch myself when I walk through the doors of the Art Deco building. I am unbelievably grateful to have been given this opportunity and I cannot wait to see how the role evolves over time.

On the topic of regional museums, last weekend I went on a road trip to Rockhampton. Located approximately 108 km from Gladstone, Rocky (affectionate nickname) is the fourth largest regional city in Queensland. There are quite a few heritage sites and museums in and around the city so watch this space for more Rockhampton-themed blog posts. Continue reading “Rockhampton Art Gallery”