Queensland Academies Creative Industries Gallery 61 presents Beyond the Range.
Featuring Artists: Dan Elborne | Kyle Jenkins | Catherine Parker |David Usher
These Toowoomba based artists from S.E Queensland, each with diverse practices, are part of a worldwide trend embracing the move to small, vibrant artist communities in regional centres.
The exhibition is in Gallery 61 on Saturday 25 March from 11am – 3pm and will be Open Monday – Friday 09.00am – 2pm concluding on the 31 March 2017.
Whilst all originally hailing from or spending considerable time living in cities from Melbourne, Brisbane to Sydney each artist now calls Toowoomba, situated on the Great Dividing Range, in S.E Qld, home.
It is becoming an even greater phenomenon now that artists from all over the world are moving out of cities to regional centres. Often it is driven by the financial benefits, but more often than not many artists are now seeing the virtues that smaller centres can offer and are actively making the shift.
And the shift is not just physical. It is also conceptual: as Jenkin’s writes ‘beyond the range of possibilities that are closest to us, there are even more options beyond our initial sight and it is within these that real visual outcomes can be experienced’
Apart from the inherent beauty that regional centres offer there is more space, physically and mentally to create; less distraction equates to more art making, pondering and reflecting.
Which in turn also generates a greater camaraderie amongst the arts community.
Toowoomba with its thriving arts scene, cultural diversity and sense of optimism is gaining a national and international reputation with artists visiting from locations such as Denmark, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New York just to name a few, in order to create private and public Art projects. Some even making the move permanently.
Whether its New York, India, Japan, Iceland or Australia each of these 4 artists, whose art practice involves painting, drawing and ceramics continue to push the boundaries yet still call Toowoomba home.
Curator- Catherine Parker