HOLIDAY FUN: Finn, Zach and Baxter Coglan get stuck into some sculpture at a Gympie Regional Gallery Holiday Fun workshop during the holidays.
HOLIDAY FUN: Finn, Zach and Baxter Coglan get stuck into some sculpture at a Gympie Regional Gallery Holiday Fun workshop during the holidays.

Loads for all ages to see and do at the Gallery

HAVE you seen this Ku or camp dog and its friends?

It's a wonderful sculpture made by Garry Namponan, a contemporary indigenous artist from the Wik people from Aurukun in Far North Queensland.

This sculpture is one of many artworks currently on show at the Gympie Regional Gallery as part of the touring exhibition My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland.

The exhibition showcases works from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) collection that explores the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland's indigenous people in fibre, paint, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Artists include Michael Cook, Fiona Foley and the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrrnda Sally Gabori on display until Saturday, February 25.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland is supported by a six page education resource for primary and secondary and the QAGOMA's original catalogue is available featuring artists interviews.

"Country” has important meaning to Australian indigenous peoples and the exhibition reinforces and explains this connection to Country through stories and meaning embedded in each artwork.

Join the gallery's education officer Sandra Ross in an informal discussion on Thursday, February 9, at 1pm at the Gympie Regional Gallery with internationally recognised Brisbane-based artists Vernon Ah Kee and Judy Watson to find out more about their work and their connection to country.

Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash St, just behind the Sovereign Cinema. Inquiries 54810733.

Coming up

DON'T miss the official opening celebration of the exhibition Australian Birds and Botanical Artworks at 1.30pm on Saturday, February 4 at the Gympie Regional Gallery by two artists Lyn Willett and Narelle Webber with guest speaker Lyn Diefenbach.

These two artists share a love of the natural world and have explored both botanical and bird painting and pastel work.

While Lyn enjoys the fine details and intricacies of plant life through a magnifying glass, Narelle expresses in pastel the bird life found on her Imbil property.

Both artists have studied their craft for many years. Lyn is an active member of Noosa Landcare and Narelle a member of the Pastel Society of Australia.

If you miss the opening you can find meet them and find out more about their work at a morning tea at the gallery on Thursday, February 16 at 10.30am and also learn a little more about the flora and fauna in the region.

The exhibition will continue to be on view until Saturday, February 25.

So come in and enjoy the cool air conditioning at 39 Nash St, just behind the Sovereign Cinema. The gallery is open 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Inquiries 54810733.

Family activities

BRING the family into the cool air conditioning to visit the free interactive activities at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

These activities are on tour from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and tell stories of the Gabori Sisters who are Kaiadilt people and their close connection to the sea.

Children can discover the Kayardild language and their own Kaiadilt totem animal, reflect on their knowledge of the sea in a drawing activity, create a sea creature collage, and make a digital humpy.

Participants can also listen to the Gabori sisters share stories from Bentinck Island in a video interview.

These activities are available right through until the end of April.

Holiday program

LOTS of kids got creative over the summer holidays at the Gympie Regional Council's Holiday Fun program. At the gallery kids had fun painting, drawing and sculpting all sorts of wonderful creations.

The next Holiday Fun program will be over the Easter school holidays so stay tuned for another creative fun time at the Gympie Regional Gallery in Nash St.