Beauty of Australia at the core of two new exhibitions

Date published: 12 July 2017

Two new exhibitions will open at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery this weekend.

The first is an exhibition by Sydney based artist Pamela Griffith titled Teeming With Life: The Wongaloo Project.

In 2014 Ms Griffith visited the Clevedon/Cromarty protected wetlands 30km south of Townsville and her exhibition captures the beautiful wetlands of the region.

Some of the most extensive water-bird habitat in Australia occurs between Giru and Cleveland Bay and this area, with Wongaloo Regional Park at the core, is seen by many thousands of travellers passing along the Bruce Highway beside the Mt Elliot range every year.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday, July 14 at 6.30pm by Dr Penny Olsen, Honorary Professor Division Ecology and Evolution at The Australian National University.

The second opening is an exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that will open on Saturday, July 15 at 6.30pm.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland consists of highlights from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s landmark 2013 Indigenous Australian art exhibition.

It is the latest QAGOMA exhibition to travel throughout regional Queensland.

QAGOMA director Chris Saines said the touring version of the exhibition featured more than 25 works by 20 artists.

“The exhibition includes artworks from the gallery's holdings of Indigenous Australian painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints and photography which explore the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland’s Indigenous peoples,” Mr Saines said.

The exhibition is supported by a new six-page education resource for primary and secondary school students.

Curator Bruce McLean will hold a floor talk on Saturday from 5-6pm at the gallery.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said these two new exhibitions were visually spectacular.

“These two exhibitions complement each other in that they both focus on the beauty of Australia from different perspectives and viewpoints but both celebrate our great country,” Cr Doyle said.

“From the landscape to the history and geography, they are an insightful perspective of Australia.”