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Fibro Coast – University of Sunshine Coast

invitationFibro Coast opened at University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery on Thursday June 12th and runs until August 16th. There’s an interesting mix of objects, photos, memorabilia, and historical and traditional artworks, which sounds like a very eclectic exhibition, and it is. However co-curator John Waldron and Dawn Oelrich from University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery have done a wonderful job putting together this large and complex exhibition and it looks good.

collageOn opening night exhibiting artists Judy Barrass and Corrie Wright welcomed visitors to the gallery with a projection performance on the copper walls of the gallery that included imagery and drawings of fibro houses and furniture from the 50’s and 60’s.

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There is an extensive public programme to augment the exhibition. It includes:

Film screening – The Place at the Coast  Sunday 22 June 2014, 2pm to 4 pm

Discussion Forum – Fibro Coast Thursday 31 July 2014, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Walking tour – Moffat Beach Sunday 3 August 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The full programme with descriptions and list of speakers can be found on  at http://www.usc.edu.au/community/art-gallery/exhibitions/2014/june/fibro-coast

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Fibro Coast – University of Sunshine Coast June 2014

Judy Barrass -Australian BuildersAfter a successful showing at Gold Coast Arts Centre Fibro Coast exhibition will open in a new format at University of Sunshine Coast Gallery on June 12th   presenting  material from local private and public collections, artworks, architectural drawings, contemporary and historic photographs, ephemera, objects, and oral histories documentaries.  There is, in short, something for everyone. More information can be found on the Gallery website or at BlueSkyView.

My work for Fibro Coast includes video and a series of small, evocative,  paper structures reminiscent of reliquary boxes.

In wandering around my neighbourhood of Noosa photographing fibro houses for the project I was very aware that we are fast losing this part of our heritage. Many of the houses I photographed were for sale, not as houses but as development sites. Sometimes all we have left is piecemeal, blurred images, small fragments of the past. I have collected some of these fragments and boxed them as precious objects might be housed in a reliquary box, a tiny shrine to the past.

Here a snapshot of some of my works shown in the Gold Coast portion of the exhibition. Some of these will also be shown on the Sunshine Coast

Judy Barrass - Fibro Coast

Judy Barrass - 37 Moorindil

Judy Barrass - Memory box

 

 

 

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Fibro Coast- Heritage Architecture on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts

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The fibro beach house has been an important part of Australia’s iconic beach culture for more than three generations. Not only are these dwellings among the most loved and recognised of mid-twentieth century Australian design, they also hold the stories and memories of the many families who settled or holidayed on the beach. They are central to Australia’s beach and holiday heritage. 

The Fibro Coast Projectwill deliver a shared exhibition at the Gold Coast City Gallery (Feb/March 2014) and University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery (May/June2014). The exhibition will present material from local private and public collections and comprise; artworks, architectural drawings, contemporary and historic photographs, ephemera, objects, and oral history documentaries.

A unique part of the project is a local artist intervention that will see projection and installation artists collaborate with house owners and community collections and prepare work for the exhibition and public programmes.

In the Northern part of the Sunshine Coast artist Judy Barrass will be seeking owners and buildings to  help her develop artworks that respond to the theme.  Judy is a local artist who has lived in Noosa for over 15 years. She has been involved in a number of projects that blend heritage and art, on the Sunshine Coast and in Maryborough and Ipswich. One of her major concerns is that many of the heritage buildings which give the coast its character, especially those in areas near the water, are being demolished for townhouse and other developments. Through her work for this project she hopes to bring back some memories of the post-war expansion into the coast, when life had a simpler and more relaxed flavor.

 The curator of Fibro Coast for the Sunshine Coast is John Waldron from Blue Sky View. John can be contacted via email at john@blueskyview.com.au .

If you would like to contribute your memories to the project, if you have a house you think could be included, or if you have any questions please contact Judy Barrass  via email at

backstudio@yahoo.com.au

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Collective Insites Exhibition Opens May 6th

The opening of
of two new exhibitions at Gatakers Artspace: Collective Insites curated by Judy Barrass and
featuring works by five artists and In the Half Light by Noel Brown.
DATE 6 May 2011
LOCATION Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent Street, Maryborough
TIME 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Collective Insites to be opened by Jenny Galligan,
Executive Director (Arts Development), Arts Queensland
In the Half Light to be opened by Trevor Spohr
TELEPHONE Trevor Spohr (07) 4190 5723
RSVP 2 May 2011
gatakersartspace@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

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Maryborough “Collective Insites” project gets underway

Niels Ellmoos at Maryborough Historical Society

The Collective Insites project approaches the museum as a place of relevance to contemporary culture and local community.  The intention is to stimulate audience engagement and interest in museums through innovative approaches to interpreting and examining their collections.

Five artists will  focus their attention on the historic collections in the regional town of Maryborough in Queensland, Australia. They will interact with the objects in the collections in creative ways, and to explore and invigorate the interface between the collection and the audience. They will be encouraged to question the assumptions and expectations interwoven into museum practice and the acquisition, ordering and display of objects in the museum context.

David Hodges and Peta Duggan at the Workshop

The artists were selected  to be part of ‘Collective Insites’ are David Hodges, Peta Duggan, Christine Turner, Niels Ellmoos, and Susan Hutton.

The project began in earnest on the last weekend in January with a two day workshop that brought together Curator, Judy Barrass, Fiona Mohr, regional Museum Development Officer and the five artists.

In the workshop Fiona Mohr  introduced the artists to traditional  museum practices and approaches and gave a brief overview of  the historical collections that will be part of the project. Curator Judy Barrass gave a presentation on the many ways artists have interacted with, worked with, or commented on museums, collections and collecting, and museum practice. A visit to the local Historical Society collection was used as the starting point for discussion on approaches to dealing with objects  versus  stories or entire collections, and the difficulties artists might face in being ‘guided’ towards certain interpretations or stories.

Each of the artists was allocated a museum to work with for the duration of the project.

Peta Duggan talks about her reaction to visiting the Historical Society

The collections included in the project are Brennan and Geraghty’s store, The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, MavisBank,  Maryborough Historical Society and industrial objects in various collections, including Walkers and Croydon Foundry moulds.

The artists will now go on to spend several months working with individual museums before the group exhibition in May at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough.

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