CQ artists band together to be Bold and show off their works

L-R Rockhampton artists Marilyn Williamson, Kobie Swart and Jet James and a number of their colleagues will be exhibiting their work at the Walter Reid Art Gallery in September. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Rockhampton artists Marilyn Williamson, Kobie Swart and Jet James and a number of their colleagues will be exhibiting their work at the Walter Reid Art Gallery in September. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

BEING creative can make a bold statement, and that's exactly what a group of local CQ artists hope to do with their latest exhibition.

Having to send their artwork away to be sold or exhibited is one of the reasons why they decided to create their own event here in Rockhampton.

Artist Kobie Swart, who won the Rockhampton Art Gallery Bayton Award in 2013, said the 10 artists involved wanted local people to see what local artists were currently working on.

"Most of us have to send our work away or sell them online, but we wanted to show people here what we do," she said.

"So we have hired the Walter Reid Cultural Centre for a week next month with the sponsorship of Creative Capricorn, and we hope to make it an annual thing," she said.

The exhibition, titled Bold, will feature new and unseen work from Patrick Connor, Michele Kershaw, Kobie Swart, Yvonne Maloney Law, Veronika Zeill, Ainslie McMahon, Marilyn Williamson, Jet James, Sarah Lewis and Maaret Sinkko.

Kobie said there were many reasons for calling the art exhibition Bold.


WHAT: An exhibition of new work by Central Queensland artists.

WHEN: September 19 to 27

WHERE: Gallery 6, Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton.

"The mere act of making art is bold, and organising this is taking a big leap of faith for us too," she said.

"So we hope the people of Rockhampton will support us."

Works will include many different mediums.

Jet James, a well-known artist in CQ and more so on the Capricorn Coast will be showing a very special piece for his first time exhibiting his work on Rockhampton.

"It's the biggest piece I've ever done, I think it's over one metre in length and width, so it's pretty special to me," he said.

Pulse will be featuring several profiles of the artists involved in the exhibition over the coming weeks, leading up to the week of September 19.

Topics:  art

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