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Bundy's naked art craze grows with new exhibition

ART LOVERS: Bundaberg Art Society president Marilyn Batty and exhibition co-ordinator Marion Berry are excited about the Nudes Not Prudes exhibition to be held on May 2 at the Hazzard Gallery.
ART LOVERS: Bundaberg Art Society president Marilyn Batty and exhibition co-ordinator Marion Berry are excited about the Nudes Not Prudes exhibition to be held on May 2 at the Hazzard Gallery. Mike Knott BUNNUD

BUNDABERG has thrown off the shackles of conservatism as local artists host another nude art exhibition to celebrate the beauty that is the human form.

The Nudes Not Prudes exhibition is the second nude art exhibition to be held in the city this year following the success of Just Nudes at the Dirty Linen Art Space earlier in the month.

Bundaberg Art Society is hosting the event as part of its 75th birthday celebrations.

Exhibition co-ordinator Marion Berry said the event would feature a wide range of paintings, drawings, cards, prints, small sculptures depicting nudes in everyday activities.

"It's about people going about their everyday lives in the nude," she said.

"So we have people fishing, rowing a boat or someone hanging the clothes out on the line."

Mrs Berry said the exhibition had nothing to do with the outrage from last year, when vision-impaired artist Dennis Mealor had one of his nude entries pulled from the Bundaberg Arts Festival for being too controversial.

"It has just been a coincidence that the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery was planning one and we were planning one as well," she said.

What do you think of nude art?

This poll ended on 18 April 2014.

Current Results

I love it! The human form is a thing of beauty

91%

I don't care either way

1%

It's wrong, people should cover up

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Artist Wendy Francis - who as president of the Bundaberg Arts Festival deemed Mr Mealor's artwork not suitable for that exhibition last year - said this exhibition was a completely different environment from last year's festival.

"No one will be under any misapprehension when they come to the Bundaberg Art Society exhibition of what the subject matter is about," she said.

Mrs Francis said she would contribute three artworks to the exhibition and was looking forward to it.

"It looks like it will be a fun opening," she said.

"Having already seen some of the contributed artworks, the quality made me smile with joy."

Mrs Berry said the group wanted to do something special and fun this year.

"Last year we were discussing what exhibition to do and one of the members suggested we do a nude exhibition - we hadn't done one in about five years," she said.

"It is something art societies do, to paint the nude figure, because it has been an enduring theme in the visual art scene since day dot."

The exhibit

What: Nudes Not Prudes

When: Friday, May 2, 6.30-9pm; Saturday, May 3, 9am-3pm; Sunday, May 4, 10am-3pm

Where: Hazzard Gallery, 95C Walker St

Entry: Free



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