Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Loads for All Ages to See and Do

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Loads for All Ages to See and Do

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HAVE you seen this Ku or camp dog and its friends?

It's a wonderful sculpture made by Garry Namponan, a contemporary indigenous artist from the Wik people from Aurukun in Far North Queensland.

This sculpture is one of many artworks currently on show at the Gympie Regional Gallery as part of the touring exhibition My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland.

The exhibition showcases works from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) collection that explores the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland's indigenous people in fibre, paint, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Artists include Michael Cook, Fiona Foley and the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrrnda Sally Gabori on display until Saturday, February 25.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland is supported by a six page education resource for primary and secondary and the QAGOMA's original catalogue is available featuring artists interviews.

"Country" has important meaning to Australian indigenous peoples and the exhibition reinforces and explains this connection to Country through stories and meaning embedded in each artwork.

Join the gallery's education officer Sandra Ross in an informal discussion on Thursday, February 9, at 1pm at the Gympie Regional Gallery with internationally recognised Brisbane-based artists Vernon Ah Kee and Judy Watson to find out more about their work and their connection to country.

Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash St, just behind the Sovereign Cinema. Inquiries 54810733.

Coming up

DON'T miss the official opening celebration of the exhibition Australian Birds and Botanical Artworks at 1.30pm on Saturday, February 4 at the Gympie Regional Gallery by two artists Lyn Willett and Narelle Webber with guest speaker Lyn Diefenbach.

These two artists share a love of the natural world and have explored both botanical and bird painting and pastel work. …

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