The Blue Suitcase

September 6, 2016

 

Earlier in the year, Gallery 107 @ Dalby had the pleasure of hosting part of the Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift. The red and yellow suitcases from the National Gallery of Australia’s Travelling exhibition program. The gallery is delight to now be hosting the blue suitcase as an extension of the previous exhibition.

Three art filled suitcases make up the Gift and the 1888 Melbourne Cup. Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn’s donation  in 1988, allowed the NGA to create a unique exhibition program. This program's been touring galleries, libraries, schools and nursing homes across Australia since 1990.

Pieces in the exhibition while valuable, are quite resilient. Meaning the works can be handled by young and old alike. Providing an educational and hands on approach to art. This approach has seen the Gift enjoyed by communities in many regions across Australia.

 

The Blue Suitcase -  Technology
The blue case focuses on function, innovation, design and construction. Doing so by showcasing the works of six contemporary Australian artists and designers. The artists have created works that compel people to to explore the objects and and share the experience with others. Works included are:

 

 

  • Cinnamon Lee’s palm light

     

     

     

     

  • Matthew Harding’s heart shaped pill box

     

     

  • Emily O’Brien’s hair chairs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Current Exhibition

OUR LIVING HERITAGE

Our Living Heritage was launched by the Regional Arts Council of Dalby Inc in September 2000.  In April 1999, Mr Richard Hooke was given the task of Photographing selected Seniors from across the Dalby and Wambo Shire Area.  

The personal stories and photography of some of the Senior Citizens of our area are quite remarkable.  What is seen in this exhibition is a selection of thirty people who start to form a visual kaleidoscope of the diversity of personal character, history, tenacity, humour and substance, which has formed spontaneously over time into the nature and personality of the district.

Who are the 'THREE WELL KNOWN AUSTRALIANS'

in the Painting

GUESS WHO?  Locals are being invited to guess who the three well-know Australians are in this painting. 

If there’s such a thing as comfort food in the visual arts world, Martin Shaw’s painting may well be it.  Created in 1982, Three Well-Known Australians is striking in its simplicity: three abstract figures – a headless blue figure, a crouching red figure and a green figure holding an umbrella – sit on a bright yellow background.

But the artwork isn’t just about acrylics on canvas. Shaw, 62, has been touring his painting around Australia since 1983, collecting the names of the people who have visited the work, and cataloging in yearbooks whom they think the figures might represent.

Shaw sees his project as something that ought to stand the test of time. “These yearbooks form a portrait of Australia – what people in 1983 thought is going to be different to what people think in a 100 years’ time,” he says.

ACTIVE SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY

This photographic exhibition depicting the active side of Dalby Seniors.  The Dalby Seniors' Week Committee commissioned the exhibition to coincide with Seniors' Week celebrations in 2006.

The exhibition featured the work of talented and then youthful photographer, Nick Shipway.

At the time she said the exhibition showcased the active and interesting side of people over the age of 60.

"We want to show just how active and interesting life can be in the later years and to debunk any misconceptions generally attributed to older people," Mrs Smith said.

Nick Shipway gathered evidence to show how men and women not only in their 60s, but also in their 70s and 80s, are thoroughly enjoying an active, stimulating life.

"I want people to get an appreciation for the seniors and know how much they do," said Nick.

Are you an artist looking to showcase your art?

If you are interested in exhibiting at Gallery 107 please send us an email to request an exhibition pack.