Gallery opening with difference

Published 8:24am 3 October 2020

Gallery opening with difference
Words by Kylie Knight

Art lovers have the chance to enjoy a guided tour of the new $5.5 million Redcliffe Art Gallery, when it opens its doors on October 10 and 11.

Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery says it will be a landmark event and a boost for the region, after the long-awaited opening was stalled by COVID-19.

“I’m so excited to say the new and improved Redcliffe Art Gallery building is ready to take its first visitors on guided tours of the facilities,” Mayor Flannery says.

“In a time of coronavirus, it will certainly be a unique experience given restricted numbers, but I believe that will allow you to appreciate the art and new building more intimately without the usual opening day crowds.

“It has been a monumental effort from Council staff and building contractors Leaf Building Group to get this project ready to go in such a difficult year, so I thank everyone for their amazing work.

Cultural tourism boost

“The gallery will be a new cultural destination, bringing with it a new wave of visitors to Redcliffe and the greater Moreton Bay Region. But most of all I believe this is a timely injection of positivity for the local community, and a great place for everyone to come and be inspired,” Mayor Flannery says.

Councillor Karl Winchester (Div 6) says bookings for the one-off guided tours are required for the opening weekend, and can be made via Council’s website.

“Our amazing gallery staff will be on hand on October 10 and 11 to take you on a guided tour of the new building and the inaugural exhibitions on display,” Cr Winchester explains.

“Bookings will be for one-hour time slots, with a maximum of 20 people per session to provide a truly intimate experience and a safe COVD-free environment for visitors.

“The building itself has an incredible story to tell after taking on many different lives as a library and the old Redcliffe City Council chambers over its 50-year history.

“So, come grab a coffee, browse the new art shop and listen to a series of local musicians playing in the courtyard once you’re done touring.”

Celebrating artist Marc Clark

Councillor Sandra Ruck (Div 5) says the opening exhibition paid homage to the life’s work of local 96-year-old artist Marc Clarke.

“Marc’s works have featured internationally and been turned into landmarks, and it’s the first time his body of work has been displayed like this,” Cr Ruck says.

“We were worried this remarkable local artist wouldn’t see the opening of the gallery, so he’s already been given a private tour with his family which was an incredibly emotional experience for everyone involved.”

It is hoped Mr Clarke will be able to attend, at some stage, during the opening weekend.

Opening hours will be Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm after weekend of October 10 and 11.

To register for a guided tour, visit the website

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