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Everyday objects are given a new life in innovative Gallery exhibition

‘Fragments Within’ follows the artistic mind of Ken Munsie as he creates artworks with objects that have had a previous life; once discarded, now reused, then reworked into quirky artworks. Munsie’s art is based on one simple element – rescued materials. 

‘Fragments Within’ is an innovative exhibition featuring works that encourage viewers to interact to completely understand the story. These works are themed on chambers hidden behind closed doors – when the doors are opened by the viewer, the mysterious and complicated story is revealed. Each piece in this interactive exhibition is a creation of its own, but when compiled they form a larger installation with its own overarching purpose and story. Each story is rich, complex and fuelled by Munsie’s own life experiences and his desire to give a new life to rescued objects.

Munsie primarily uses a combination of wood, paper and metal to create each of his works. However, upon closer exploration, viewers might recognise everyday objects including locks, watches, jewellery, postage stamps, furniture legs and Munsie’s signature intricately rolled scrolls. 

With undertones of life, death and rebirth, this exhibition is not to be missed. This exhibition will be on show from Thursday, 25 March until Saturday, 1 May 2021, with the official opening commencing Friday, 26 March 2021 at 6pm. The official opening is free, however registration is essential through Eventfinda.

Entry to the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash Street is free, with opening hours from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information, or to make bookings for workshops and themed activities, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery or call 5481 0733.

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 14 April 2021 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 14 April 2021

We all know the Gympie region is the place to be, although if there was a month that you just can’t afford not to be here, it’s got to be May.
We have just launched the ‘Forage Gympie Region’ campaign which highlights and promotes a full month of events, focusing on showcasing our local producers, growers and food-based businesses, right across the region. Some of the region’s premier food and agribusiness operators have signed on as part of the program; delivering a true paddock and farm gate to plate experience.
We want the rest of Australia to discover what we here in the Gympie region have known all along. That we have some of the best primary producers in Australia. 
Events include farm trails and tours, tasting train, the Rosella Festival, Mary Valley GourMAY, long lunches, the iconic Gympie Show, and the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, plus much, much more. If you’d like more details, head to our tourism website or council’s Facebook page where you can get the full list of events.
On top of all these events, we also are very proud to be hosting Round 2 of the 2021 Australian Rally Championships from 21-23 May. This round is the only round to be held in Queensland, and comes off the back of a successful round in the ACT. 
The event is based at the Gympie showgrounds and we would like to thank both the Turf Club and Show Society for all their work in partnership with council to secure this major event for our region. What we can achieve when we work together always outweighs what we can do alone – thank you again to both groups for your support and work. 
There will be spectator points at Brooyar forest on both Saturday and Sunday. You can find more about the event by heading to rally.com.au. Another great event which will highlight our region.
And if that’s not enough, Rainbow Beach has been nominated as a finalist in the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Top Tourism Town Award for 2021.  We deserve the win, of course, to let the rest of Australia know just how good our region is, please vote HERE
Happy days!

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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