Friday, December 23, 2011

Introducing Berbagi....Media Release Extract

A stunning exhibition inspired by a visit to Bali will open the University of Sunshine Coast Gallery’s annual exhibition program at 6 pm on 2nd February.  Berbagi, which means ‘sharing’ in Bahasa Indonesia will include works from Australian and international papermakers and will be opened by_Janet De Boer O.A.M.

University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery Curator, Dawn Oelrich said “We are delighted to offer an international exhibition to start off the year. The Queensland Paper Makers Inc. always produce thought-provoking work”.

Inspiration for the exhibition came after a group of  Queensland artists made a trip to Bali where they met and spent time with two paper artists living and working in the Ubud area. Mr Naruse Kiyoshi from the Greenman Studio and Mr Joseph Borde from Aliran Studio have been invited to join with the group to present this exhibition. 

Exhibition curator and exhibiting artist, Diane Tait said “Naruse Kiyoshi is coming to Queensland for the exhibition opening and he is staying on to run workshops for local papermakers at Noosa Arts and Crafts in Noosaville.”
“For anyone who has travelled to Bali this exhibition will renew memories of their time on this magical island. Walking through rice paddies, a visit to a puppet museum, the food and  the colour and noise of the Balinese environment all have inspired the Queensland artists.” She said.  “The Bali artists’ work is more restrained and shows a way of creating beautiful works from natural fibres that is very rarely seen in Australia.  Berbagi is an opportunity for audiences to see Bali through the eyes of paper and fibre artists . There are large and small scale works in the exhibition, and architects and interior designers might be especially interested in some of the unique work by the two visiting artists.” Said DianeTait.

Berbagi  is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the workshop program is made possible by a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, a Queensland Government and Arts Queensland partnership with Sunshine Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture.

The exhibition will be on display from 2 February to 3 March at the USC Gallery.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

The 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery exhibition program is proudly supported by major sponsors The Proost DeDeyne Family and the Big Kart Track.
Naruse Kiyoshi, Woven Paper Screen

Jill Brose, Fragments in the Sky

Lynne Fellowes, Seeking Direction

Joseph Borde, Sao Seed Bowl