Having recently moved to the Bundaberg Region, renowned jazz musician and visual artist Chris Poulsen is sharing his creative gifts throughout the area.
With his wife Emma, and five young children, Poulsen came to Bundaberg taking on a youth-work and creative industries role at the special assistance school, Burnett Youth Learning Centre.
There, he is responsible for the diverse music program, personal well-being curriculum, and facilitates some exciting alternative art classes including aerosol street-art.
As a family, the Poulsens have been very involved in their community and local primary school at Walkervale.
Chris has presented demonstrations for lunchtime art-extension programs and performed improvised jazz piano as part of a concert for the students.
He will soon bee exhibiting his artwork as part of the current Here +Now 2021 exhibition in Childers Art Space.
Chris' urban-scape oil paintings seek to capture the beauty of our every-day surroundings.
His charming depiction of the Childers Peanut Van is a great example of this.
“It’s a privilege to be exhibiting my work in Childers. I feel like we have already been accepted into the wonderful, vibrant art scene of this region,” Chris said.
“I love to pay attention to the every-day things we see around us. Our new local surroundings are still so novel and exciting!”
“Whenever we pop over to Childers our kids always love to stop by that cute little peanut van, it’s one of the things that comes to mind when I think of Childers.”
Bundaberg jazz show on the cards
Later this month, Chris said he was thrilled to be performing in Bundaberg with one of Queensland’s best-known jazz bands, Scat.
For more than 20 years, he has relished his role as the quartet’s energetic keyboardist, a role which has seen him tour internationally, gaining significant recognition.
As the other band members travel up from Brisbane, Chris said he was looking forward to playing jazz with the incredible musicians he has grown up with.
“It’s such a buzz to do our thing, but particularly special to be sharing it with the people of Bundaberg, our new home”.
Scat show details
- SCAT Jazz at Railway Hotel, Perry St North Bundaberg
- Saturday 29th July 1:30pm
- $15 at door
- Bookings: ‘Bout Time Music
Peanut van artwork
- Here +Now 2021
- Childers Art Space (CHARTS), 72 Churchill St, Childers
- 8 July – 5 September, open every day 9am to 3pm (free entry)