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Woorabinda arts celebrated at gallery opening at Emerald campus

Published:12 February 2020

At the official opening of Gallery One at CQUni Emerald campus was (L-R) Toni Bowen, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Associate Prof Anita Milroy, Vice-Chancellor Prof Nick Klomp, CQRASN regional arts officer Nickeema Williams, Darryl Black, Melissa Kelly, Darren Nicholls (Glencore) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region) Pierre Viljoen.

Woorabinda’s emerging artists have been showcased with the official opening of CQUniversity Emerald’s new ‘Gallery One’ exhibition space on 11 February.

The showcase exhibition, which has been made possible through a collaboration with the Central Queensland Regional Art Services Network (CQ RASN) was officially opened by CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp.

The CQ RASN has been engaging Woorabinda and CQ artists with skills development to explore the power of the arts for communication and sharing cultural, historic and individual stories.

The exhibition features works by artists aged from six to 60 years of age and for many, it’s the first time they have painted, let alone exhibited.

Half of the artworks are from the ‘My Home Your Home’ exhibition, a project with Woorabinda State School.

CQ RASN Regional Arts Officer Julie Barratt said the event was a major milestone for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and CQUniversity.

“This Woorabinda Arts exhibition opening is significant in a number of ways. This is the first exhibition to open in the new Art Gallery space on the CQUniversity Campus in Emerald,” she said.

“This Woorabinda Arts exhibition came about as a part of a broader program of events engaging Indigenous Artists by the CQ Regional Arts Services network, a
n initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, CQ-RASN is a new model of regional arts delivery, enabling diverse CQ communities to connect and encouraging cross-regional collaboration.

“On the 12 June last year CQUni Mackay and the School of Education and the Arts ushered in an exciting new era for the campus with the official launch of their contemporary, new media exhibition space ‘Gallery 31’ so there definitely seems to be a trend in establishing new galleries on campus.”

The exhibition will remain on display until the end of February.