CQRASN project officer Trudie Leigo has been working on bringing the Shine Bright festival to regional Queensland

May 5, 2021

Two upcoming events at Wondai Art Gallery are part of a new cross-regional arts festival, dubbed “Shine Bright”.

The “More Than Sisters” exhibition opening night will be held this Friday (May 7) at the gallery from 6:00pm.

It features works by South Burnett artists Tania Corbet, Raylee Koch, Selena Stevens, Elisha Wolter, Fiona Elliott, Wendy Corstiaans and Trish Erkens.

The second event is a Drawing Workshop with Emma Thorp from 10:00am to 3:00pm on June 6 at the gallery.

“Shine Bright” is being presented by Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQRASN)  during May and June in partnership with 14 regional councils.

The festival aims to shine a spotlight on regional talent through a curated program of events.

CQRASN regional arts project officer Trudie Leigo said the Shine Bright Festival would encourage audiences to get out and explore the incredible creativity that thrives across regional Queensland.

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Also on this Friday night is the opening of the Kingaroy Art Gallery’s May exhibition, “All The Bees Are (Not) Dying”, which features works by Brisbane artists Peter Breen, Leonie Chinn, Paola Milani, Belinda Sinclair; Maleny artists Sam and Dom Chen;  the Soma Lumia team and Midnight Oil founding member Jim Moginie.

The gallery describes the exhibition as “a multi-modal reflection on the impact of climate change on Australian flora and fauna through photography, drawing, painting, print making, video and virtual reality”.

The official opening will be held from 5:30pm.

Then on Saturday (May 6), the Kingaroy Gallery will be hosting a free Climate Change Public Forum at the gallery from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

The gallery says the purpose of the forum is:

  • For artists to present stories of their experiences and observations of changes in the weather/climate in Australia, how they observe the flora and fauna are responding to those changes and how their artworks are visual representations of those stories.
  • To hear responses from the people of the South Burnett relating to the art and stories in respect of the impact of weather and climate change on their lives and on farming practices.
  • To give people an opportunity to share a vision for the land in this region and across Australia in respect of sustainable farming practices and the positive long-term impact this would have on its beauty, lived experience and economics.

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