‘Collective Insites’ is the title of an innovative project being undertaken by Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough. Curated by Judy Barrass, the project will see five artists making works based on the historical museums of Maryborough. The artists will each work closely with one museum or collection and make a number of artworks to be shown in exhibitions at the gallery in May, June and July.
Maryborough is a place steeped in history. It has fifteen museums, more than any other centre in Queensland, and more heritage listed Queenslanders than any other town in Queensland. It provides a wealth of inspirational material for artists who are interested in working with historical collections.
This is the first major project undertaken by this new gallery. It is an important project for the gallery and the Fraser Coast. It will also provide a model for collaboration between artists and local community museums.
The five artists from the region who have been chosen are from diverse backgrounds and work across a broad range of mediums. They met for a workshop in Maryborough last weekend to kickstart the project which will be documented on this blog and the ABC Pool project. A series of Place Stories videos will also be produced as the project unfolds. The first of these can be found HERE.
Collective Insites is supported financially by the local Regional Arts Development Fund, which is funded by Fraser Coast Council and Arts Queensland , with support provided by Queensland Museum.