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Redland Art Gallery exhibition part of a broader story


Redland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition has connections far beyond Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said artist Carol McGregor’s Response exhibition was part of a combined regional gallery program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

“Through the rest of May and June, regional art galleries across South East Queensland North (SEQN) will come together for the first time with a series of First Nations exhibitions, experiences and events, under the title Connecting Stories,” Cr Williams said.

Redland Art Gallery director Emma Bain said McGregor’s exhibition Response, which opens Sunday (16 May, 2021), reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation of the country, drawing on research she conducted with Quandamooka and other Aboriginal communities.

Response is anchored by a possum skin cloak specific to Quandamooka Country and also includes a new series of sculptural works by McGregor,” she said.

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16 May. Image courtesy of the artist.

Aboriginal possum skin cloaks were a significant ancestral item: the inside of the skins were marked and ochred with personal and cultural designs, and maps of Country. Contemporary possum skin cloak making is a recent continuation of this practice. McGregor is of Wathaurung and Scottish descent and she is currently the Program Director, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Response continues at RAG, Cleveland until 18 July.

Connecting Stories is delivered by Creative Arts Alliance (CAA); as part of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) an initiative of the Queensland Government; in partnership with independent First Nations creative organisation Blaklash and members of the SEQN Galleries Network – Redland Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery, USC Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries and The Condensery (Somerset Regional Art Gallery).

Keisha Leon, Connecting Stories, 2020.
Image courtesy of the artist.

CAA manager Katie Edmiston encouraged locals and visitors to embrace the opportunity to get back out into the SEQN region and immerse themselves in the First Nations Connecting Stories program.

As well as boasting stunning and diverse natural landscapes, our region is home to some of the best regional galleries in the state, all within a few hours drive from each other and Brisbane,” she said.

“Through Connecting Stories, audiences can experience exhibitions programs across nine gallery venues, visit public art sites, participate in arts tours, workshops and events as part of the program.”

For more details about Connecting Stories go to: connectingstories.net

For more details about Response at Redland Art Gallery go to: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

 

 

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Redland Library kits help residents start own book clubs


Redland Libraries are so pleased with the success of their first book club that they are making it easy for residents to start one of their own.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Book Club sets were now available through Council’s libraries.

“The sets have been prepared so we can share the literary love and encourage residents to form their own book clubs which they can host in their homes,” Cr Williams said.

“Each set contains 10 copies of a book and a laminated sheet of questions to kickstart the discussion.

“There are already 19 sets ready to go, which can be reserved online and sent to your nearest Redland City Library for collection.”

The launch of the Book Club sets follows the success of the Redland Reads Book Club, which held its first meeting in August last year.

“The book club was formed in response to COVID-19 as a means of bringing our community back to our libraries, to get people talking and sharing experiences while focusing on the core library business – the reading of books,” Cr Williams said.

“It has proved to be a great way for people to meet, with people coming together and having a conversation and then leaving as friends.

“It fulfills a really strong need in our community. We talk about resilience and capacity building all the time and what is that if not helping people to help each other.”

The book club now has about 30 regular members who turn up to one of the monthly meetings at either Cleveland or Victoria Point Library and 99 followers on the club’s Facebook page.

“The online presence is an important aspect of the club as it means you can be part of the monthly book discussion from the comfort of your own home and at a time which suits you,” Cr Williams said.

Club member Diana Penson said she joined the club to keep mentally active and to meet new people who share a common interest in literature.

“As a lover of the classics, the books that have been selected for club members to critique are not ones I would normally have chosen to read,” she said.

“For this very reason I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to broaden my outlook and appreciate a range of young authors and their unique and fresh approaches to writing.

“Combined with the diversity of literary themes and styles, the sharing of individual experiences of, and reactions to, the books is what I value the most about being a member of the Redland Reads Book Club.”

For more information on the Book Club sets or Redland Reads Book Club, go to the Redland Libraries website or follow the club on Facebook.

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Pop-up art returns in the RAG Red Box – Now at RPAC


The Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Red Box has returned to bring a special showcase of artworks to the Redlands Coast.

Redland Performing Arts Centre is the newest pop-up gallery venue after the program was put on hold last year due to COVID-19.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said its return celebrated visual arts within the Redlands Coast community by offering a free display space for individual artists, schools and community groups.

“The reboot of the Red Box program also signals an extension of the art program at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC),” Cr Williams said.

“The RAG Red Box allows us to take art outside of the usual gallery walls and share some of the amazing work by artists from and connected to Redlands Coast.”

Expressions of interest are now open for artists who would like to exhibit in the RAG Red Box.

This first showcase features Brisbane-based artist Rachel Apelt’s collection of ecoprints, called Understory.

Understory by Rachel Apelt

Ms Apelt said the work explored a sense of place and how we build connection with local land, its water, diverse life forms and communities, often becoming passionate protectors of place.

“Understory includes 487 tiles from ecoprints on Parasol Leaf Tree (Macaranga tanarius) leaves,” Ms Apelt said.

“As I began collecting Macaranga leaves for Understory in February 2021, I found they sparked conversations and new connections.

“Women stopped and asked me about what I was doing. We’d have a chat about art, creek regeneration, urban foraging and then continue on our way with a lighter heart for the connection.

“Each batch of ecoprints had their own personality. Sometimes the paper emerged with a beautiful sienna hue, other times it came out almost purple, and in between, there were variations of brown and grey.

“Sometimes the leaves barely left an impression, other times they were rich with black tannin. I loved that the process was out of my control and was more like a dance of possibility. This always yields creative delight.”

‘Understory’ is on display in the RAG Red Box at RPAC and can be viewed during regular Box Office hours until 28 May. Admission is free.

Ms Apelt is also conducting a free ticketed floor talk and afternoon tea on Friday 21 May at 2pm.

For more information on the RAG Red Box, and to submit an expression of interest to exhibit in the space, visit http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/redbox/

Image below: Understory by Rachel Apelt

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Inaugural art fair showcases Redlands Coast artists


Redland City Council will give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to view the works of local artists through the inaugural Redlands Coast Art Fair on Quandamooka Country.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Art Fair, to be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) in June, aimed to cement the region as a hub for visual arts.

“Council is committed to providing opportunities to build and strengthen the vibrant local artist community,” she said.

“This event will provide a taste of what Redlands Coast has to offer and give community art groups and individual artists the opportunity to present their work in a professionally curated exhibition.”

Redland’s Creative Alliance, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Coochie Art Group and Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery will each submit up to 20 works to be included in the main exhibition.

The groups will also present their work at market stalls during the three-day event, from 4-6 June 2021, where people can purchase artworks and gifts.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see the best of our local art talent under one roof,” Cr Williams said.

“RPAC is not only a great venue for concerts, theatre and dance, it is the creative heart of Redlands Coast and this will be on show for all to see in June.”

RPAC has engaged professional curator Lisa Beilby to present the Art Fair, in collaboration with local art groups and Redland Art Gallery.

The event will also include a range of public programs with masterclasses with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Emma Gardner and Deb Mostert to further develop the skills and knowledge of emerging artists.

A family-friendly Recycled Art Construction Centre will also be available for budding artists to get creative.

“We expect that this event will grow in future years as it provides our community and our artists with the opportunity to build their profiles and strengthen networks in the local art community,” Cr Williams said.

“As we continue the COVID economic recovery, this will be a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take a piece of the Redlands Coast home with them and support our local artists.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, places are limited so early bookings are recommended.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Art Fair, visit the RPAC website and subscribe for event updates.

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Music and musings at Birkdale Community Precinct open days


Redlands Coast performers will provide music to muse by as the community ponders future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct during community open days on April 16 and 17.

Hosted by Redland City Council, the open days offer a rare opportunity for people to tour the 62-hectare precinct and learn more about its history, ecology and cultural importance.

Performing at various time throughout the days will be singer/songwriter Joe Geia and the quirky all-female band, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Expect an eclectic mix of songs and styles from the quirky Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Geia, left, is a renowned guitarist, didgeridoo player and songwriter, and is an influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts are a four-piece band who play a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. Their music is an eclectic mix of old and new, original and re-envisioned songs with jazz, folk, country and rock influences

Free activities at the community open days include: displays about the history of the site, a guided tour of the land on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, and weaving workshops. Food and drinks, including Devonshire tea, will be available for purchase.

There will also be the opportunity to have your say on what the future holds for this important precinct while taking a look around historic Willards Farm and the fascinating World War II radio receiving station. Redland City Council is committed to engaging with the local and regional community to understand what they would like to see this land used for.

The community open days will run from 10am to 4pm on both days, Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, COVID-safety requirements and weather permitting. Parking and access will be available via the Birkdale Baptist Church grounds, 1 Jones Road, Birkdale, turning off Old Cleveland Road East. Please follow parking signs on the day.

Bookings are required.

Visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au for more details and to register for your free tickets

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Concert hall marks 13 years with a flourish


The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) Concert Hall turned 13 this month and will be in the spotlight with a performance by Redlands Coast’s own community orchestra.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Concert Hall, which opened in March 2008 alongside the existing Community Cultural Centre, was a magnificent community asset.

“The RPAC precinct, which includes an adjoining events hall and auditorium, has a well-deserved reputation as a leading concert and performance venue,” she said.

“The precinct provides opportunities for civic and community events and is the heart of cultural activity on Redlands Coast.

“While RPAC is used for many different music, theatre and dance productions throughout the year, it is perhaps at its most impressive when the Concert Hall is stripped back to its beautiful Tasmanian oak acoustic walls and used for orchestral performances.

“Nothing beats the majesty and emotion of classical music performed live, but when this takes place in such a fine Concert Hall, it truly is a gift for the senses.

“We have an active fine music audience on Redlands Coast and for them to be able to enjoy this type of music at its best without having to travel into Brisbane adds to the quality of life in our beautiful region.

“It also benefits local restaurants and cafes as many RPAC patrons make a night of it and enjoy a meal or a drink out before a concert.”

RPAC will be in full Concert Hall-mode this Saturday 27 March when community orchestra Redland Sinfonia performs Passion Play.

Creative Arts Manager Bradley Rush said RPAC Concert Hall was renowned throughout south-east Queensland for its acoustic excellence.

“We have had the pleasure of presenting concerts from Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 and the Australian String Quartet as part of our annual program over the years,” Mr Rush said.

“The feedback from these professional musicians about the RPAC Concert Hall has always been exceptional.”

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Warwick Adeney said he always looked forward to playing at the RPAC Concert Hall.

“I’ve played a few times at RPAC and feel thoroughly comfortable there, and so pleased that the Redlands has such an excellent facility,” Mr Adeney said.

“It was a joy to play solo with our orchestra there recently, and mix with some patrons afterwards.”

RPAC is also home to Redland Sinfonia.

Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Graeme Denniss has performed around the world and believes the clarity of sound and resonance at RPAC is extraordinary and has contributed to strong growth in audience numbers.

“There’s a wonderful feeling at the venue,” Dr Denniss said.

“Other orchestras and performers have now woken up to the fact that we’ve got this gem on the edge of Brisbane.”

Redland Sinfonia performed at RPAC before the Concert Hall opened and contributed to some of the early venue planning.

“I have no doubt that without RPAC we would be a much smaller group playing to smaller audiences,” Dr Denniss said.

In addition to their performance this Saturday, Redland Sinfonia returns to the Concert Hall in June and September.

For details on upcoming performances at RPAC visit the website.

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RPAC hits the right note with launch of 2021 season


After a challenging year responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Redland Performing Arts Centre has started 2021 with a bang thanks to strong crowd numbers.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the RPAC team had worked tirelessly to bring a wealth of entertainment options for people of all ages and interests.

“Last year was devastating in terms of entertainment due to COVID restrictions, but RPAC has returned even stronger this year with both rescheduled and new events for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

“There are more than 30 shows on sale offering the best of the best in music, theatre, family, cabaret and circus.

“Sales are surpassing previous years, with more than 4500 tickets already sold.

“The team has done a great job rescheduling shows that had to be cancelled last year and releasing the program in four-month blocks to allow for the ever-changing environment we are currently in.

“So far the program for January to April (Act 1) has been released and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the great variety of entertainment on offer.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the RPAC team also created a new mini concert series, Stage Sessions, a series of intimate concerts and cabarets, with a portion of profits going to the local artists who have performed.”

The 2021 season started with a sold-out performance from Redlands Coast’s own international singing star Mirusia on 13 February.

Mirusia has performed From the Heart in many countries but said it was special to perform it in her hometown.

“It just feels so right to have my first full-scale concert of the year in my hometown of Redlands Coast,” she said.

“In the last year I have returned to my roots and have spent a lot of time at home and I want to share these special feelings through music with my local ‘family’.”

Georgie Taylor, 18, of Thornlands created a one-woman personal comedy and song cabaret drawing on her dating experiences and performed to a capacity Stage Sessions crowd on February 11.

“Being on stage with the audience made everything come alive,” Ms Taylor said.

“Growing up in the area, I always regarded this as a big and professional space. It has been an incredible gift to have my own show here.”

Hannah Johnstone of Wellington Point and Mitch Luxton of Birkdale were also able to have their original band works heard in Radioceans on February 5.

“It was a good atmosphere and good fun,” Ms Johnstone said.

In another first, The Cleveland Film Company will hold the world cinematic premiere screening of its debut production, 5 Moons of Pluto, on Friday 19 February.

The short film written by Bradford Lee Walton was produced on Redlands Coast and showcases a local and South East Queensland cast and crew, and an original soundtrack recorded by Redland Sinfonia.

Other highlights at RPAC this year include:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
  • Margaret Fulton – The Musical
  • John Williamson
  • Cloudland the Musical
  • Rovers
  • Queensland Ballet

For more details on the 2021 season, visit the RPAC website.

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TV series returns to Redlands Coast for Young Rock


Raby Bay Foreshore Park and a nearby canal residence were the latest Redlands Coast locations to be selected for new NBC Universal television series Young Rock.

Redland City Mayor Karen William said the filming took place at Sentinel Court, Raby Bay and a private home as part of the US series about the life of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“This is the latest in a long-list of credits for Redlands Coast locations, delivering much-needed economic activity and tourism opportunity,” Cr Williams said.

“The crew returned to Cleveland recently, after having already filmed at Capalaba, showing the versatility of local locations.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast region had continued to prove attractive for filmmakers since the first major production, The Chronicles of Narnia, used local settings in 2010.

“Superstar Angelina Jolie then brought her Unbroken production to the bayside in 2013, with Pirates of the Caribbean landing in 2017,” Cr Williams said.

“During the next two years, Aquaman, Tidelands, Safe Harbour, Harrow, Reef Break and Love and Monsters all followed.

“Even last year, when Australia’s film and television industry was severely affected by shutdowns due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Eureka Productions chose the Redlands Coast for filming of Holey Moley.

“The hit TV entertainment series, now airing on Channel 7, contributed more than $1 million to the local economy.”

Afa and Sika, aka The Wild Samoans (John Tui and Fasitua Amosa), Little Dewey (Adrian Groulx), Ata Johnson (Stacey Leilua) and Rocky “Soulman” Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson) on the set of Young Rock. Photo: Mark Taylor/NBC Universal.

Cr Williams said few locations could provide the same calibre of settings as the Redlands Coast – all within 35 minutes of Brisbane, half an hour from the Screen Queensland Studios at Hemmant and less than an hour to the Village Roadshow Studios at Helensvale.

“From calm water settings in Moreton Bay to our beaches and breathtaking vistas like the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island, Redlands Coast offers stunning locations and friendly communities all within our city boundary,” Cr Williams said.

“With our commitment to economic development, the Redlands Coast continues to build its reputation as an ideal location for international movie shoots and Australian television production. Council remains committed to fostering these relationships.”

Film and TV productions to have used Redlands Coast locations:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Walden Media, 2010
  • Unbroken, Legendary Pictures, 2013
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Walt Disney Productions, 2017
  • Hoges, 2017
  • Aquaman, Warner Bros, 2018
  • Tidelands, Hoodlum Entertainment, 2018
  • Safe Harbour, Matchbox Pictures, 2018
  • Harrow (seasons one and two), Hoodlum Entertainment, 2017 and 2019
  • Reef Break, Wild Poppy Entertainment, 2019
  • Great White, Thrills & Spills, 2019
  • Love and Monsters, Paramount Players, 2020
  • Holey Moley, Eureka Productions, 2020

Young Rock received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

 

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Redlands Coast TV production Holey Moley on air from tonight


Thousands of Redlands Coast residents will be watching eagle-eyed from their living rooms when new TV series Holey Moley premieres  on Channel 7 tonight.

Mayor Karen Williams said filming of the hit entertainment  series took place in Thornlands late last year, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.

“The Eureka Productions program also created a significant financial boost to the Redlands Coast, with more than $1 million spent across local suppliers,” Cr Williams said.

“In total, Holey Moley spent $5.5 million in Queensland.

“Eureka’s first Australian production of the series provided opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers and local suppliers in areas such as landscaping, construction, security, waste management, and food and beverage.

“Alexandra Hills Hotel was at capacity to meet the needs of the production which booked 320 room nights and four conference rooms for the duration of filming.

“The hotel also served cast and crew more than 1000 meals.”

Cr Williams said a further 1100 room nights were booked in the region and three airbnb house rentals accommodated 15 crew for 21 nights.

“Holey Moley employed more than 130 local Queensland crew with an extra 200 employees through third-party contractors,” she said.

A smash hit on America’s ABC Network, Seven’s epic new series is on course for a hole in one, with some of the country’s top golfing talent stepping onto the astroturf to take on the diabolical Holey Moley obstacles.

Golfers battling it out for glory on the championship course include: Montana Strauss (23), Australia’s number one female golfer four years running; James Carr (35), aka “The Dancing Cowboy”, who played Tiger Woods in the Australian Masters; Colette Norton (45), Australia’s #1 women’s mini golf player; pro golfer and amateur golfing champion, Becky Kay (21); and Henry Epstein (42), Guinness World Record holder for ball control.

Holey Moley tees off tonight, Monday, February 1, at 7.30pm on Channel 7.

The production received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

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Redland Art Gallery seeks interest from artists and workshop facilitators


Redland Art Gallery has put out a call for local artists, curators, performers and workshop facilitators.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the gallery was seeking expressions of interest for involvement in exhibitions, workshops and events from 2021 through to 2024.

“One of the gallery’s key priorities is nurturing local arts and culture, and supporting the representation of Redlands Coast’s diverse culture and heritage,” she said.

“Every year the gallery invites artists, both individuals and groups, and curators to submit a proposal for an exhibition.

“At the moment the gallery is inviting expressions of interest for 2022 to 2024.

“There is also a callout for facilitators of arts workshops for children and teens throughout 2021, normally during the school holidays.

“The workshops can encompass anything from drawing, digital media, printmaking and weaving through to dance, singing, jewellery making and photography.

“The gallery is also looking for performers to add to its database.”

Artistic Endeavour will be on display at RAG Cleveland from 13 December: Anne Hayes, Banksia serrata, old man banksia, gabiirr (Guugu Yimithirr) 2017, watercolour on paper, 63 x 45 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cr Williams said the callout was a great opportunity to involve the Redlands Coast community in the gallery’s programming of events.

“We encourage all interested parties to have a look at the criteria for each of the areas and to read the gallery’s policies and conditions.”

Expressions of interest close in late November.

Redland Art Gallery provides opportunities to engage with the visual arts, craft and design through exhibitions and public programs in both Cleveland and Capalaba.

Current and upcoming exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery (RAG):

  • Canaipa Mudlines: Art and Environment – RAG Cleveland until 6 December 2020
  • Wetlanders: The Overwintering Project Moreton Bay – RAG Cleveland until 6 December 2020
  • In Focus 2020: Remembrance Day theme – RAG Capalaba until 12 January 2021
  • Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson – RAG Cleveland from 13 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

For more information visit the Redland Art Gallery website or phone 3829 8899.

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