Five local artists have collaborated to form the new the Shed Door Gallery group and their door is open for more creatively minded members to join.
The Shed Door Gallery artist’s Mick Brennan, Helen Richards, Annette Tyson, Gabrielle McDonald and Lyn Barton have joined forces to work together and celebrate the art culture in the Bundaberg Region.
Gabrielle said the name came about as artist often worked in their sheds, and with the upcoming exhibition of eight artist from the Wide Bay region called the Shed Door Gallery, at The Shed Gallery in Cooroy, it seemed fitting.
As a collective they hope to encourage other artist to reach out and network, which will help provide more exposure for them as individuals.
“Artists are quite often in their own solo bubble, and this is about stepping out of that bubble of solo artist and coming together to form a collaboration, to help create diversity,” Gabrielle said.
“Learning new skills of each other, we hope to build diversity especially while COVID-19 is happening.”
Artwork created by the group varies across a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, drawing, photography and painting, Mick said the “aim is to be inclusive, not exclusive”.
The Shed Door Gallery will open its initial pop-up exhibition, along with Wide Bay artist Emma Thorp, Gina Davies and Jo Williams, on 9 October, at Cooroy, and the artist then hope to hold their next exhibition in the Bundaberg Region.
Mick said although their first exhibition was being held on the Sunshine Coast, they wanted to highlight and promote local creativity and he hoped the newly formed The Shed Door Gallery would be able to assist other to expand with the market.
“Look at the amazing talent we have here in Bundaberg,” Mick said.
“There’s the fabulous artworks at the Found! Dog Studios, and we hope to create the exposure to help artist get their works out like that and get inspiration out of that market too.
“We have this year’s Bundy Art Prize coming up, there’s this whole big world of art here, and we are saying come and have a squiz at it.”
For more information about the Shed Door Gallery group check out their Instagram page.
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