Lightning Without Flash
Joe Ruckli
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

EXHIBITION DATES
19 March – 7 May 2022 

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In his solo exhibition Lightning Without Flash documentary photographer Joe Ruckli seeks to unearth the idiosyncratic qualities of Lightning Ridge, a rural mining town in northern New South Wales, famous for its large deposits of Black Opal. 

The featured objects and photographs suggest an inhospitable landscape that belies the beauty of its gems and precarious labour hidden below. Scorched by the sun and secluded deep within Australia’s vast interior, the exhibition reveals strange and surreal glimpses of life on the minefields and its fringes; a subterranean world where prospectors chase their fortune and hermits search for somewhere to retreat or disappear. 

Image caption: Joe Ruckli | Lightning Without Flash 2018-19 | Archival pigment prints from film scans on Hahnemühle Photo Rag | 800mm x 800mm


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FACING IT
Jennifer Ryan

EXHIBITION DATES
19 March – 7 May 2022 

In this series of work Jennifer Ryan documents her artistic development – from an isolated creative working at a distance from her work to becoming emotionally engaged in the creative process, bringing aspects of her own story to each image created. Progressing her practice through research and experimentation Ryan has developed an abstract style that uses marks, shapes and colour to suggest the emotions in the subjects she perceives. As an observer of people and behaviour she finds the focus of her passion turning to women and the secrets they hold in their everyday lives. 

Image caption: Jennifer Ryan | Faces and masks: The shadows 2019 | Oil pastel | 200mm x 300mm 


still water
Henri van Noordenburg
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

EXHIBITION DATES
22 January – 12 March 2022

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‘still water’ is a body of work that explores effects on the natural environment due to global warming. The images are created by drawing with a knife and sandpaper onto an inkjet print. At times the nude figures will appear in the image questioning the survival of humanity in sometimes nightmarish landscapes, while other compositions are reminiscent of an oasis that once was.  

Simulating hopeful futures through manipulation of landscapes, using famous Dutch artists as a reference point, the exhibition interrogates the actions of industrial human activity. ‘still water renders these actions synonymous with a symbolic Hell, and champions a return to the Divine, not in a religious context, but towards the ultimate divinity of nature. 

A collaborative performance between Henri van Noordenburg and music-maker Timothy Fairless will activate the exhibition space on opening night with sound and image. New ambient soundscapes will incorporate field recordings from and inspired by the natural environment surrounding Miles, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the space with the artists, dismantling the borders between performer and audience. 

Image caption: Henri van Noordenburg | Composition LV 2020 | Hand carved ink on Hahnemuhle | 400mm x 400mm

Tim Fairless in performance
Photo credit Mark du Potiers 


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Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia
On tour from Gdynia City Museum, Poland 

EXHIBITION DATES
22 January – 12 March 2022

Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition is one of Europe’s leading reviews of textile miniatures. The juried event is held every three years featuring artists from all over the globe. 

The remarkable characteristics of the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm textile miniatures are significant for their close ties with the latest trends in contemporary art. The exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials. The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre. 

Image caption: Henryka Aremba | Resistance 2016 | Own technique, linen, wood | 70mm x 200mm x 110mm
Image Courtesy of Gdynia Museum

   
Response to the Bunyas
Dogwood Crossing, Miles Exhibition
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

EXHIBITION DATES
6 November 2021 – 15 January 2022

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This exhibition responds to the unique environment of the Bunya Mountains as experienced by Indigenous artists, artists who live on the mountain and artists who visit the mountain seeking to experience and be inspired by this special place.

The Bunya Mountains, the traditional lands of the Wakka Wakka nation, is a vital and grounding place that attracts and connects, drawing on the rich tradition of bringing together people from near and far. The Bunyas have become a refuge for the world’s largest stand of ancient bunya pines Araucaria bidwillii and more than 30 threatened species. Today it is a retreat for people to rest and recharge, and for many incite a deep spiritual experience.  

Image caption: Sharlene Smith | Bunya Mountain 2020 | Acrylic on canvas | 600mm x 760mm 


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Works on Paper
Bill Perry

EXHIBITION DATES
6 November 2021 – 15 January 2022

In this collection of work Perry explores the spectrum of drawing, finding himself drawn to a more emotional expression of his subject. He is looking for the poetry in the representation of his subject, and uses both traditional and digital tools in this quest.  

Image caption: Bill Perry | Power pole 2019 | Pen and ink on paper with digital colour wash | 297mm x 210mm 


Double Vision
Patricia Hinz & Priscilla Mundell
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

EXHIBITION OPENING
Friday 10 September, 5.00pm

EXHIBITION DATES
11 September – 30 October 2021

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Two Artists, two visions.  Hinz and Mundell have lived and painted on the Western Downs for many years sharing, friendship and their passion for art. 

Hinz seeks inspiration in the grand vistas, the ancient rock formations, and rugged bush-scapes of the Western Downs.  Recently COVID’s enforced confinement has concentrated her focus on her immediate surroundings and the riches that reward close observation.  

Mundell draws inspiration from her new life in retirement in Toowoomba. After the flatness of Condamine, she relishes looking down the Toowoomba range and painting hills along with depicting the different plants in her garden.  

Image caption: Patricia Hinz | Butterfly and gum blossoms 2021 | Acrylic on canvas | 450mm x 450mm 

Image caption: Priscilla Mundell | Acorns 2021 | Acrylic on canvas | 450mm x 450mm 


Unseen
donnadavis
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

EXHIBITION OPENING
Friday 16 July, 6.30pm

EXHIBITION DATES
17 July – 4 September 2021

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Unseen is an exhibition that artistically and philosophically explores interspecies relationships: investigating the intricate web of unseen connections with reference to plants and fungi. Created by artist Donna Davis Unseen uses sculpture, installation and digital media to evoke curiosity and contemplation about the intricate, and often unseen, living networks that nurture and sustain our planet.

‘Unseen’ is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Donna Davis is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments’. This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi.

Image caption: Hidden Worlds (detail), donna davis, 2017, pigment print onto fine art rag. Image courtesy of the artist. 


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The Grace Lithgow Fungi Collection
Grace Lithgow 

17 July – 4 September 2021

A collection of botanical artwork documenting fungi in southern inland Queensland, by renowned Queensland naturalist M. Grace Lithgow, on loan from Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

Image caption: Grace Lithgow | Aseroe rubra 1998 | Pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 175mm x 265mm


Stencil Art Prize
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

22 May – 10 July 2021

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The Stencil Art Prize is a touring exhibition of the world’s biggest, best and most daring artists who use the technique of cutting stencil layers to create a design. This grassroots art form has undergone a resurgence in recent decades and is now thriving on the streets in every country around the globe. Influenced by the ephemeral nature of street art, these stencil-based works blend pop-culture imagery and global politics. Edgy, and cheeky the stencil technique lends itself to a sense of wonder and intrigue. Collectively the artists push the boundaries each year, developing new stencil techniques, messages, materials and technology. 

Image caption: 085C3N3 | Bad conDUCKt | Aerosol on board | 800mm x 800mm 


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Miles High Showcase
Miles High Art Students 

22 May – 10 July 2021 

Art meets graphic design in an exhibition of cultural event posters by senior art students. Junior students explore the foundational skill of sketching, presenting a series of still life and portrait sketches that employ a variety of shading techniques. 

Image caption: Junior art student Annabelle Erwin


Amarna Tomb
by Darryn Campbell
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

13 February – 27 March 2021

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The Amarna period of Egyptian history in the latter half of the Eighteen Dynasty (c. 1300 BC), continues to be a source of artistic inspiration for Darryn Campbell. In this exhibition, Campbell explores the unique perspective of Akhenaten, the ruler of this era, who’s monotheistic beliefs are reflected in the city planning, architecture, and art of his time. Featuring a stylised tomb, sarcophagus and chambers, the design is a distinct departure from traditional ancient Egyptian tomb decoration. Instead, the theme reveals the journey of everyday earthly life and the abundance flowing from the sun god Aten, rather than a preoccupation with eternity. 

 

Image caption: Darryn Campbell | Amarna Tomb 2020 | Carving on wood | 690mm x 600mm


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Extra-Curricular Activities
Darryn Campbell 

13 February – 27 March 2021 

Miles artist Darryn Campbell is well known for bringing to life the Amarna period of Egyptian history through his richly coloured and detailed paintings. Extra-Curricular Activities sheds light on Campbell’s many wide-ranging interests that also serve as artistic inspiration and include religion, significant persons, the cosmos, science fiction, true crime, symbology, and the exploration of patterns. All share the exacting detail and precision viewers have come to expect from Campbell.

Image courtesey Darryn Campbell


2020 Vision: Glenmorgan Art Group 50th Anniversary Exhibitition
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

6 April – 15 May 2021 

Founded by five members in 1970, the Glenmorgan Art Group (GAG), celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020; a milestone which would have been unimaginable at the time. Today, the group continues to thrive as a vital community arts hub, with ongoing monthly meetings, and regularly welcoming new members. 2020 Vision showcases art produced by the many GAG artists over the past 50 years and demonstrates their diverse approaches both to painting and creativity in general. 

Image caption: Jane Bridle | Tree Fern 2019 | Acrylic on Linen | 640mm x 795mm 


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On the Beach
Mervyn Moriarty
 

My association with Glenmorgan Art Group began when they joined my Flying Art School in 1973. I was delighted to be asked to contribute to their anniversary exhibition 2020 Vision. These paintings were all done in the field. Long ago I accepted that working in the field, even with all the inherent difficulties, was essential. I gave up working in the studio from studies done in the field, because I felt that work en plein air had more vitality and the brush marks were more natural. I believe that a painting, however realistic or abstract, is a statement in paint by an artist in response to a visible real-world subject – a still life, a landscape or a human figure. 

Image caption: Mervyn Moriarty | Wine Glass Cove V 2019 | Acrylic on canvas | 220mm x 310mm