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Stopping Time: Step back in time at the Gympie Regional Gallery

There is still time to check out the Gympie Regional Gallery’s major exhibition titled

Stopping Time: Material prints from 3000BCE to Now, on display now until 16 November.

This exhibition has been the Gallery’s most talked about exhibition to date and social media has exploded with patrons raving about this outstanding exhibition.

“It is amazing, and the Gallery must be congratulated on their foresight and imagination in seeing the potential for such an important exhibition, and for touring to Regional Galleries”. 

“Congratulations on a superb exhibition Stopping Time – the equal to any state, national, international Gallery”

“Absolutely fabulous exhibition! This is as good as anything you would see in Paris! Well done!”

“Second viewing…and it’s even better, thankyou”

One highlight from the exhibition is the collection of cylinder seals from a private collection acquired through accredited auctions in London. 

The cylinder seals in this exhibition were found in and around the region of Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East which included Assyria and Babylonia and the cities of Nineveh, Nimrud and Babylon and show the stylistic development of designs across 3,000 years. 

Allegory of Asia, and Allegory of Africa from 1560-1618 by Adriaen Collaert are key pieces in this exhibition that capture a moment in time when the world was still being mapped by explorers and their adventures caught people’s imaginations.

Adriaen has interpreted what he had heard of the creatures and landscapes of Asia and Africa and overlaid these with a European lens. They are dreamlike images filled with fantastical and romantic notions of these exotic destinations. 

To truly appreciate how special this exhibition is, don’t miss the free curators talk with Griffith University professor and exhibition curator Ross Woodrow on Wednesday 6 November from 10am. 

Professor Woodrow is obsessed with printed images and believes that they hold a valuable place in history, unlike digital images that are disposable. His talk will take you on a journey through the exhibition, uncovering the stories behind each piece in the collection and how each print captures an important moment in time.

This exhibition is being presented in partnership with Griffith University and Newcastle Art Gallery.

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.