Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Big Crowd for NAIDOC Event; Indigenous Artists' Works on Show at Gallery

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Big Crowd for NAIDOC Event; Indigenous Artists' Works on Show at Gallery

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THERE was a lively crowd at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum to join Mayor Gail Sellers for the official launch of the 2014 Arts NAIDOC exhibition.

The evening event was an extravaganza of arts and entertainment to celebrate the fantastic response to the gallery and Museum's call for artworks and images this year.

When welcoming the guests Cr Sellers spoke about the great diversity of works on display.

"The exhibition includes contemporary paintings by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Gladstone Regional Council's permanent collection, in addition to borrowed works that have been generously lent from the wider community," she said.

"It is fantastic to be able to showcase works contributed by our extraordinarily talented Gladstone Region Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to highlight the stories in our region and further afield."

There are more than 50 works on display, including paintings, artist prints and three-dimensional works, to commemorate National NAIDOC Week.

Following this year's theme Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of our country, the gallery and Museum with assistance from our indigenous communities also have a small selection of local service people images and information on display.

Continuing until Saturday, August 16, the exhibition includes Artslink Queensland's touring exhibition from Inkmasters Cairns, of 26 printmakers' works titled Inside Out: Mapping spiritual journeys.

For further information, please phone 49766766.

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

Community concert

ALL are invited to attend a free community performance by the Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir, from noon next Wednesday, at the Gallery and Museum. …

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