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Messages reimagined for community installation

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Creating Contrast Community Installation at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

Messages from a past community project have been reused and reimagined in a new community installation at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

Creating Contrast uses 1,000 anonymous letters from the 2023 Message in a bottle community project that have been transformed into recycled paper.

Community and school groups used the handmade paper to print cyanotypes in artist-led workshops, with the process revealing white outlines of the participants’ hands against a vibrant Prussian blue.

Gallery visitors can use the colourful paper to create a blue or white box, using the self-guided instructions provided in the ImaginArts space.

Visitors then add their box to a growing wall of constructions in the room, creating an organically evolving installation.

Bundaberg Regional Council Arts, Heritage and Asset Management portfolio spokesperson Councillor John Learmonth said the hands on project was a great way for the community to be involved in art making.

“As more visitors add their boxes to the space, the installation will come to reflect the creativity and imagination of the community,” he said.

Creating Contrast offers the community a place to explore a sense of belonging.

“Building the installation over time and through the contribution of many, Creating Contrast will encourage participants to reflect on the many hands that support each of us throughout our lives.”

Creating Contrast will be on display at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery ImaginArts space until Sunday 8 September.

The activity is free and open to people of all ages and abilities.

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