With an exclusive exhibition from renowned Australian designer Linda Jackson, the return of the popular twilight markets, a special Childers retrospective and much more, there is plenty for the community to look forward to this year at Bundaberg Regional Galleries.
Linda Jackson exhibition
In mid-November, artist and fashion designer Linda Jackson AO will return to the region with Opal, an exhibition focusing on her passion for the distinctive gemstone and developed specifically for the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.
Through her collaboration with fellow designer Jenny Kee, Linda put Australian fashion on the international stage with designs that celebrated Australia.
Since then Linda developed her own label, Bush Couture, and has travelled and lived in remote parts of Australia, working with Indigenous artists and designers.
Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries Director Rebecca McDuff said having Linda exhibit in Bundaberg in 2024 was a major coup.
“Linda is very, very well known in the fashion world and has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria,” she said.
“I think what's really interesting is that her national exhibitions have been about looking back on her career while her 2024 exhibition in Bundaberg will be focusing on an all new body of work.
“We will be getting something very exclusive and it's really exciting.”
The exhibition will open on Friday 15 November.
Twilight Artisan Markets
The date is set for the return of the much loved Twilight Artisan Markets, to be held on 3 May and 5 December this year.
Showcasing artisans from across the region, these markets provide visitors with the opportunity to meet the makers and purchase unique hand-crafted items.
Childers Visual Arts Group Retrospective
The Childers Visual Arts Group has long been an important part of the region’s arts scene.
A retrospective exhibition, timed coincide with the Childers Festival, will shine a spotlight on the creative energy that can be generated when artists connect.
The exhibition will run from 20 July to 22 September.
Pride Month special exhibition
To celebrate Pride month in June, Bundaberg Regional Galleries will welcome a special guest curator to present an exhibition that explores queer arts practice.
Pride month is a time to both commemorate and celebrate the journey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community and to reflect on progress yet to be made.
Creating Contrast community installation
Anonymous letters from 2023’s Message in a Bottle exhibition have been turned into handmade paper to be reimagined through community and school workshops for the Creating Contrast community installation.
The handmade paper was printed on using a cyantype process, and folded into unique boxes that will be displayed in Imaginarts from 10 May 2024, with the community able to add their own elements from May to September.
Creative Crowd workshops
Creative Crowd workshops return in 2024 with a fresh batch of art tutors offering opportunities to learn new skills in a professional gallery environment.
Look out for dates and further details later in the year for how to take part in this inspiring workshop series.
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery is closed currently to the public until Friday 16 February for scheduled maintenance and exhibition installation.
The gallery will reopen on Friday 16 February at 5.30 pm for a special opening event to celebrate the latest suite of exhibitions.