Some people are stories | Vincent Serico

4 February - 16 March 2019

Vincent Serico was born in Brisbane before being separated from his family at the age of four. During the 1950s he grew up on the mission at Cherbourg, Queensland. His mother was a Palm Island woman and his father was from Carnarvon. His stories are about living in different parts of Queensland, working, travelling, painting, and playing cards in old mission communities like Cherbourg, Palm Island, Mornington Island, Yarrabah, and Doomadgee.

Vincent’s art aims to acknowledge Aboriginal existence in a way that gives comfort, while recognising past pain, sorrow, longing and loss, and leaving a trace of them in the hearts of others.

In collaboration with FireWorks Gallery, Some people are stories includes an exquisite limited edition, bound folio; 20 framed print reproductions featured in the folio; and is accompanied by nine original paintings. This is the first major touring exhibition of Vincent Serico’s work since his death in 2008.

Some people are stories is a touring exhibition in partnership between FireWorks Gallery and Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments.

IMAGE: Amphitheatre (Carnarvon Suite), Vincent Serico, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 144 x 2 cm (Framed). Photographer: Mick Richards. Courtesy of FireWorks Gallery.


Svalbard: The Land of Dreams | Elena Korotkaia

4 February - 16 March 2019

Elena Korotkaia presents a photographic collection exploring the landscape and traces of human activity on Svalbard, a remote Norwegian island located in the Arctic Ocean.

Svalbard has a very interesting history, from whaling to coal mining, to tourism and science. Once no one’s land, it is now home to two distinctive communities - Norwegian Longyearbyen and Russian Barentsburg, both based around coal mines.

Elena’s work captures the extraordinary natural beauty of this place, while evoking thought on how humanity impacts nature through industry. Even such a remote and beautiful place bears long-term consequences of this impact.

IMAGE: Across Billefjorden, Elena Korotkaia, digital photograph 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


From the Heart | Dawson River Art Group

25 March - 3 May 2019

The Dawson River Art Group meet each Wednesday in Baralaba, for a day of fellowship, cups of tea and art making. Conversation revolves around the weather, families, and art materials – sharing with like-minded people the joy of a new pastel purchase. The group has fostered a genuine love for the process of creating and how it brings them together each week. Each artist observes the land, people and objects around them, challenging themselves to draw or paint their world in a new light.

From the Heart presents a genuine and heartfelt collection of works exploring what each artist finds meaningful and inspirational to them.

IMAGE: Boots with Pink Hat, Amy Holcombe, charcoal and pastel on paper. Courtesy of the artist.


Snippets from the Western Front | Ross Coulter

25 March - 3 May 2019

Snippets from the Western Front by the late Ross Coulter (1946 - 2011) is a collection of water colours and drawings of the towns, cemeteries, battlefields and memorials of soldiers who served the British Empire. In 2003, Ross travelled Europe for three months painting and sketching at various sites. The resulting works are from those sites that stuck emotional impact, were of historical significance, or are where the artist saw beauty.

Ross was conscripted to the Australian Army in 1967, and after recruitment and training was posted to the First Battalion to complete an eight month tour of duty in Vietnam. Ross describes his time in Vietnam as an interesting and insightful experience that affected his sensibilities and provided the inspiration and passion for telling the story of war through his art.

Snippets from the Western Front, remains a timely body of work as we continue to commemorate and seek knowledge and understanding of Australia’s participation in military conflicts.

Ross’s creative work left a rich legacy throughout Central Queensland. In 1967, he became the first Art Teacher at Biloela State High School. He was instrumental in the design of The Centenary of Anzac Memorial Precinct in Emu Park, where he lived for 33 years.

IMAGE: The Hills of ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli 2003, Ross Coulter, watercolour on paper. Courtesy of the Kate Coulter.