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The Gallery is the place to be on Saturday 23 November

Just because Stopping Time: Material prints from 3000BCE to Now has concluded, that doesn’t mean that the team at the Gympie Regional Gallery are winding down before the holidays; in fact it’s quite the opposite.

On Saturday 23 November from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, the Gallery will be unveiling their newly renovated shop and officially opening two new exhibitions to the general public.

The renovated shop will enhance the visitor experience for Gallery patrons and promote local professional artists. 

The $100,000 project was funded by the Queensland Government's $600 million Works for Queensland program and the work was completed by local designers Craftsmen Kitchens.

Following the official proceedings, stay around and enjoy two new exhibitions that will be opening to the public.

On display in The Gympie Times Exhibition Space and Hugo Du Rietz Gallery is Physical Video. 

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Gympie audiences to experience key video works from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) collection. 

Focused on performance and theatricality in video art from the 1970s to the present, these vibrant and thought-provoking works demonstrate how artists use the physical gestures and actions of the human body to illustrate social, political and aesthetic issues.

On display in Gallery 3 is Fringe Dwellers. Hats are the ‘fringe dwellers’ of the head. Local fibre artist Rhonda Rettke explores a variety of fringe dweller concepts in each sculpted hat, ranging from the fringes of where the land meets the sea to the social issues of our urban fringe dwellers. 

Materials such as handmade felt and hand dyed silk combine with found and natural objects to create original sculptures for the head.

There are loads of activities, workshops and artist chats specific to each exhibition, including the free Pop-Up Art Chat on Saturday 7 December featuring Kim Machan.

Kim is the founding Director of Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) and she has developed curatorial projects in Australia and the Asian regions through this organisation since 1998. 

Join Kim as she expands our appreciation for video and discusses the history of moving images on screens as a revolutionary artistic medium.

Both exhibitions will be on display until Saturday 11 January 2020.

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.