Strand Ephemera, first held in 2001, is Townsville’s biennial outdoor sculpture festival, offering a major exhibition, workshops, talks and performances. Held along the 2 kilometre Strand recreational area, it sites highly engaging and creative artworks within an idyllic landscape.
Strand Ephemera has garnered significant support from the private and corporate sector within Townsville, gains significant media coverage, and attracts in the vicinity of 70,000 local, national and overseas visitors.
Strand Ephemera is organised by Gallery Services and programs are assisted by a volunteer task force.
Top: Girringun Artists, Bagu with Jiman, Photo: David Lynam
Bottom: Erica Gray, Rock Anemone
Co-recipients of the Award for Artistic Excellence at Strand Ephemera 2011.
Over 70 high quality applications were received by Gallery Services from artists wanting to be involved in this year’s Strand Ephemera. The exhibition has the capacity to accommodate a limited number of artworks, and this resulted in a very difficult selection process.
Congratulations to this year’s selected artists:
• Sally Adair
• Jo Anglesey
• Steve Campbell and Donna Foley
• India Collins
• Marion Gaemers
• Naomi Gittoes
• Erica Gray
• Lynnette Griffiths
• Michelle Hall, Jo Lankester and Robert Crispe
• Joy Heylen
• Jan Hynes
• Ralph Knight
• Ian Loiterton
• Hugh Martin
• Fleur McArthur
• Alison McDonald and Stephen de Jersey
• Annee Miron
• Geoff Overheu
• Chandra Paul
• Schleuter Rainer
• MJ Ryan Bennett
• John Stanley
• Gabi Sturman
• Elizabeth Tillack, Julie Bruce and Sue Valis
• Sue Tilley
• UnitingCare Community, working with Vonnie van Bemmel
• Adriaan Vanderlugt
• Sarah Welch
• The Winged Collective
• La Luna Youth Arts, working with Shane Keen and Tash Wills
• Ghost Nets
Gallery Services appreciates every artist who has taken an interest in Strand Ephemera, and the time and effort required to develop a proposal with the shared goal of making this a successful exhibition.
Strand Ephemera’s standing as a peak event in the Townsville calendar was recently recognised, winning the Festivals and Events Category of the 2012 Townsville Airport North Queensland Tourism Awards. The award was presented on Saturday 20th October, and Councillor Trevor Roberts was on hand on the evening to accept.
Strand Ephemera is Townsville’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition and, as well as being a much anticipated event in the local arts calendar, has a national reputation. The exhibition ran from 2-12 September 2011 and attracted in the vicinity of 70,000 viewers along The Strand during its showing, including interstate visitors and 1097 students involved in structured tours and workshops.