BANANA SHIRE REGIONAL ART GALLERY
TREES PLEEZE AND BEES KNEES
12 May - 23 June 2017
My love of the rainforest has been over a lifetime. My childhood was spent running wild over my parent’s property, my companions a lyrebird, a scrub turkey, a bower bird and my dog Jock. The birds were quite tame for me and tolerated the dog. It is all gone now – tourist accommodation has taken over the patch of scrub and the birds or their progeny have disappeared.
This gives me a mixture of half-forgotten places like Kendall’s channels of coolness – those dim damp dark places inhabited by bunyips and other strange creatures. Add to this some 20th century technology, and a world of my own is there to make a linocut, an etching, some mad 3D image.
Lidia Godijn portrait in studio
12 May - 23 June 2017
An installation of fibre works by Lidia Godijn exploring the diverse colours, reflections and shapes of industry. The works are constructed in the very traditional ways of loom weaving, sewing and stitching. Godijn re-purposes old work clothing and recycled metal materials, together with hand dyed silk, cotton, wire and fishing line to create contemporary three dimensional works. These works are supported by a series of manipulated digital images.
ART MIX 2017
28 June - 28 July 2017
A selection of works from the Banana Shire Art Collection.
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4 August - 8 September 2017
12 September - 29 September 2017
BRIGALOW ARTS FESTIVAL
6 October - 10 November 2017
17 November 2017 - 17 January 2018
A TRIBUTE TO MODERN PIONEERS
17 November 2017 - 19 January 2018
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|ONE MILLION STARS TO END VIOLENCE PROJECT|
Banana Shire Council in conjunction with Banana Shire Support Centre have signed up Banana Shire as a Star Weave Community for the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. We have committed to weaving 10,000 stars by July 2017!
Stars from all over the world will come together in one large installation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
How to Get Involved
How to Weave a Star
Download the instructions or pick up a copy from the participating venues.
Star Collection Points
Donations of ribbon gratefully accepted at any of these venues.
For more information contact Council's Community Development Advisor, Melinda Petty, on 4992 9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Your Star Weaving:
A Tribute to Modern Pioneers is a Banana Shire Council project to celebrate the innovative people contributing to the fabric of our community and the regions diverse industries. We want to capture local achievements and stories and share them with the broader community.
Queensland based emerging photographer Rachael Baskerville is being engaged to take portraits of selected local Modern Pioneers in-situ at their place of work, property, home or an important place linked to their story. The portraits will be developed into a local touring exhibition and publication. The exhibition will tour throughout local venues and events during 2017, with a full scale exhibition at Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery in November/December 2017.
PHOTOGRAPHER: RACHAEL BASKERVILLE
Rachael Baskerville, a Brisbane based editorial and lifestyle photographer has been selected to work on the Modern Pioneers project. Read more about Rachael at her website.
"I love to work with anyone who creates, innovates, or has a story to tell. Integrity is undoubtedly the most photogenic quality".
Left: Rachael Baskerville, 2017. Right: Workshop, 2016.
Images courtesy of Rachael Baskerville.
We are very excited to announce those selected as Pioneers for the 'A Tribute to Modern Pioneers Project'!
David Trevilyan: Agricultural Machinery
Myles Breitkreutz: Recreational Flying
Fiona Hayward: Landowner Rights & Local History Preservation
Auda Maclean: Visual Arts and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Burnett & Louise Joyce: Cattle Genetics, Sustainable Property Management and Distance Education
Debbie Elliott: Rural and Regional Healthcare
Hazel Mann: Visual Arts Community
Jane Parker & Local Herb Farmers: Organic Herb Industry
Congratulations to all who were nominated, there certainly are fantastic people contributing to the betterment of our local community and industries.
The Banana Shire Regional Gallery (BSRAG) is an initiative operated by the Banana Shire Council and sits alongside the Banana Shire Council Chambers in Biloela. The gallery is free to the public and displays local, Central Queensland artists, and works from beyond through touring exhibitions. The gallery has two exhibition spaces where displays are changed around every 6 weeks, and workshop facilities.
The gallery also houses the Banana Shire Art Collection which is displayed amongst the exhibition schedule.
The Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery was officially opened by Honourable Jeff Seeney MP in July 2013. The art gallery is the first public premises dedicated to visual art display and storage in the Banana Shire. For many years the local community worked towards establishing an art gallery in the Shire, a group of like-minded people formed the Biloela Art Gallery Committee which later became the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association. The members fund raised and steadily built up a collection of works with the proviso that it would be handed to Council when a suitable building was provided. By the mid-nineties the collection had grown to around 91 pieces and it was donated to Council for safe storage in 1997. Now, the Banana Shire Art Gallery provides a purpose built facility for safe storage and exhibition of our artworks and a place for local and regional artists to exhibit their work.
Arts and Cultural Officer: Shanna Muston
BSRAG welcomes new volunteers to join our friendly and welcoming team. No arts experience is necessary and there are a variety of tasks to be involved in. Volunteers are essential to the running of the gallery and ensuring it continues to grow and evolve. Contact us to join the volunteer team.
Examples of how you can help at the gallery:
- Installing and demounting exhibitions
- Assisting with setup and running of gallery events
- Assisting with collection management
- Basic computer tasks and data entry
- Acting as an ambassador for the gallery within the community
The Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery stocks affordable works and prints by Central Queensland Artists who have exhibited at our gallery. The gallery also houses a limited edition collection of Ruby Campbell etchings, The Kilburnie Suite, which are available for purchase. The suite is a series of works printed by Ellie Neilsen from restored Ruby Campbell etching plates found at Kilburnie Station.
Exhibition proposals are welcome year round and bookings are subject to availability. Exhibitions are generally scheduled for a period of 6 weeks. The Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery predominately displays local and Central Queensland artists and encourages exhibitions by both established and emerging artists, as well as group exhibitions. The galley is generally booked up to 2 years in advance, we recommend contacting us in the initial stages of your planning to secure a space.
The gallery has two exhibition spaces:
MAIN GALLERY: suitable for large exhibitions, group displays and large works
PALM TREE ROOM: suitable for smaller exhibitions, emerging artists
For large shows both spaces can be booked at once.
Contact us to enquire about exhibition bookings.
ART MIX - June/July
Art Mix is the annual Banana Shire Combined Schools Visual Arts Showcase funded by Banana Shire Council. Schools from throughout the Shire are invited to submit works of excellence for exhibit, participation ranges from Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. Art Mix is a judged event where students from relevant age groups are awarded art materials for their achievements. This exhibition is a highlight in the calendar and is a great opportunity for our young people to celebrate and embrace creative expression.
BRIGALOW ARTS FESTIVAL – October
A highlight in the exhibition calendar is the Brigalow Arts Festival hosted annually in October. This event is facilitated by the local Banana Shire Art Gallery Association and has many categories and prizes to support local practitioners. For up to date information follow ‘Brigalow Arts Festival’ on facebook.
2017 Brigalow Arts Festival Key Dates
Monday 18 Sept: Entries Close
Wednesday 4 Oct: Artwork Delivery
Friday 6 Oct: Official Opening at Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery
Friday 10 Nov: Final day of Festival
Artists: stay tuned for entry forms and details.
BSRAG includes a workshop area which is available for hire. Workshops can be hosted in conjunction with current exhibitions or as separate events. This room includes facilities such as tables and chairs, and a projector screen and a sink for using art mediums. BSRAG encourages exhibiting artists to include public programs alongside their exhibition and will assist in the promotion of workshops.
From time to time BSRAG organises public program and facilitation of workshops.
Contact us to facilitate a workshop today.
BSRAG is available for function hire for one off community and private events. Please note, this hire is for the space only and does not include any changes to the current exhibitions. In the past we have held conference meet & greet evenings and fundraisers.
Contact us for function hire enquiries.
BANANA SHIRE ART COLLECTION
The Banana Shire Art Collection presently comprises of over 250 works, predominately featuring past and present local artists, and their observations of ordinary people, everyday life and local scenery. Together, the works create a record of life in the Banana Shire and the people who have developed a connection to this place. The collection also includes an extensive and valuable series of works by well-known local artist Ruby Campbell. These drawings and paintings depict still life scenes, portraiture and landscape in a variety of mediums such as pen & ink, etchings, watercolours and pencil.
The collection also features national artists, such as Lionel & Norman Lindsay, John Shirlow, Ron McBurnie and Pro Hart. The works in the collection cover a variety of mediums including but not limited to pottery, prints, and etchings, oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, and fiber.
The collection has grown through acquisition prizes at the annual Brigalow Arts Festival, by donations from generous art lovers from across the Shire and through the acquisition of standout pieces from our exhibition program.
Time can be arranged to view specific collection pieces for research or study purposes, please contact the gallery if you are interested in seeing some of our artwork.
COMMUNITY ARTS INFORMATION
Funding is available to assist Banana Shire Residents in their creative and cultural endeavours through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), funding is available for both Individuals and groups and covers all artforms from visual arts to dance. For more information please visit the RADF page on our website.
62 Valentine Plains Road
BILOELA QLD 4715
9.30am - 4.00pm
Monday to Friday
10:00am - Midday
3rd Saturday of each month
POST: PO Box 412
BILOELA QLD 4715
PHONE: (07) 4992 9500