Gallery/museum research officer Marilyn Haertel takes a closer look at Belynda “Bindi” Waugh’s work.
Gallery/museum research officer Marilyn Haertel takes a closer look at Belynda “Bindi” Waugh’s work. Submitted

Gala event for NAIDOC

JOIN Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum from 6.30pm on Monday for a gala event to launch three exciting new exhibitions celebrating NAIDOC Week.

The exhibitions reflect the 2011 national NAIDOC theme, Change: The next step is ours.

The 2011 Arts NAIDOC exhibition includes new work from local artists, works from private collections and works from the gallery and museum’s permanent collection.

In a rare opportunity for visitors and locals, Joop Wyngaards’ series of works, Eight Great Grandchildren of Dorothy and Hector, will be on display.

The works are on loan from Jacqueline Johnson who hopes many of the artist’s subjects will join guests for the official celebrations.

Nearly 60 works will be on show as part of the annual display.

Visitors will all enjoy the variety on offer including ink, ochre and acrylic works on canvas, board and even an amazing fibreglass turtle shell painted by Coral Southee, The Perpetual Cycle.

The Murri Portraits exhibition is a photographic and memorabilia display presenting a selection of photographs taken in and around the Gladstone region, from the 1920s to present day.

Each year community members spend hours exploring the historical images and often assist the gallery/museum’s researchers with more information.

Monday evening’s event will also include a special announcement of the award winners in the inaugural Celebrate NAIDOC Week Primary School Art Competition.

In an overwhelming response from the region’s young artists more than 300 entries were received.

Thanks go to all schools in the region for their enthusiastic support of this Education Queensland and Gladstone Regional Council initiative.

Arts NAIDOC is a chance for everyone in the community to celebrate the enormous creative talent of the local Murri artists.

All are encouraged to take time out to explore these three fantastic exhibitions, continuing on display at the gallery/museum until July 23.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated nationally from Sunday to July 10, aiming to promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture within the community.

The gallery/museum is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone and admission is free.

For further information or to RSVP for Monday evening’s event please phone 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstonerc. qld.gov.au.

Visit the website for the national awareness week online at http://www.naidoc.org.au to see more about NAIDOC Week’s national celebrations.



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