Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter

Published 9:00am 29 May 2024

Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter
Words by Jodie Powell

Take peek into the personal collections of local collectors, explore contemporary responses to our botanical and wildflower heritage and discover the meaning behind silver baby gifts on a journey across Moreton Bay City Council galleries, libraries and museums in winter.

There’s a fascinating line-up of free experiences across the region for all ages to enjoy.

Galleries

Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter

Moreton Bay Art Prize 2024

PINE RIVERS ART GALLERY I JUNE 22-AUGUST 3 I FREE ENTRY

The Moreton Bay Art Prize is an annual exhibition and prize that supports and celebrates our diverse local artists.

Winners of the prize will share a prize pool totalling $10,000 with non-acquisitive prizes of:

  • $5000 for first place
  • $3000 for second place
  • $1500 for third place
  • $500 for a People’s Choice Award.

An exhibition showcasing the finalists will be held at Pine Rivers Art Gallery from Saturday, June 22 to Saturday, August 3.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Image: Chantal Fraser, Fantômas Gold, 2023, Welding helmet, adhesive, acrylic rhinestones, metallic glass shards. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Louis Lim.

Chantal Fraser: The Ascended

CABOOLTURE REGIONAL ART GALLERY I JUNE 12-AUGUST 31 I FREE ENTRY

Since the early 2000s, Sāmoan-Australian artist Chantal Fraser’s feminist anti-colonial art practice has challenged Euro–American art histories that have been spread across the globe.

Exploring ritual, adornment and gestures of exchange, her works make use of a vast array of artistic, musical and spiritual sources, from global pop culture to folk and customary practices.

Chantal Fraser: The Ascended was developed by Griffith University Art Museum and supported by Arts Queensland, Creative Australia, and NorthSite Contemporary Arts.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Image: Kellie O'Dempsey, Wish you were here, 2023, Installation view of Wish you were here at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Wish you were here

REDCLIFFE ART GALLERY I UNTIL JULY 13 I FREE ENTRY

Wish you were here began as a response to the stop-start movement of COVID-19 by artist Kelly O’Dempsey.

The exhibition transforms the monotony of pandemic life into a mesmerising carnival of ghostly shapes, inspired by objects from around the artist’s home.

Using video, light installation and augmented reality, O’Dempsey invites you into an immersive space that celebrates the joy of the everyday.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Museums

Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter
Photography by Louis Lim

The Keeper: Collectors and their collections

PINE RIVERS HERITAGE MUSEUM I JUNE 5-AUGUST 11 I FREE ENTRY

Are you fond of collectors and their curiosities? Join us at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum to experience The Keeper: Collectors and their collections exhibition.

People are curious beings and the world is full of curious things. Let your imagination take the lead as you peek into the personal collections of fascinating local collectors.

The Keeper: Collectors and their collections is a celebration of those who love to collect and want to share their joy.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm

Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter
Image: Marni Stuart, After the Fire, digital surface design

Wildflowering by Design

BRIBIE ISLAND SEASIDE MUSEUM I JUNE 15-SEPTEMBER 8 I FREE ENTRY

Wildflowering by Design explores contemporary responses to our botanical and wildflower heritage.

It presents works by Queensland female artists who work across the art and design spectrum. Taking a fresh look at the historical legacy and engaging with local landscapes, the artists have created new, re-imagined works and visions.

By bringing nature into people’s homes and lives, we help create a ‘botanical culture’. This builds broader awareness of our native ‘wildflower’ heritage and appreciation for Country.

Exhibition curated by Dr Sue Davis and Dr Lisa Chandler.

OPEN Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

Image: Courtesy of North Pine Historical Society and City of Moreton Bay.

Births, deaths and marriages

REDCLIFFE MUSEUM I UNTIL AUGUST 4 I FREE ENTRY

Births, deaths, and marriages are major life events. How we view and mark them has been shaped by customs, changing fashion, social influences, and world events.

From how World War I changed mourning practices to the meaning behind silver baby gifts, this exhibition sheds light on the rituals, traditions and beliefs behind the experiences we all share.

It features a fascinating array of objects from our museum collection along with loans from the community.

Exhibition developed by City of Moreton Bay.

OPEN Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

Libraries

Nurture your creative spirit in Moreton Bay this winter

Magic Tables

MORETON BAY REGION LIBRARIES I ONGOING I FREE ENTRY

Unleash you imagination with new Magic Tables at Moreton Bay's libraries. Be one of the first in Queensland to experience the wonder!

Games, puzzles, and creative experiences are projected in an interactive space for all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy.

Many of the games were specifically designed to benefit individuals with cognitive challenges, such as dementia and learning difficulties. Friendly library staff can show you the intuitive features and levels of fun for everyone!

Magic Tables are at Caboolture, North Lakes, Redcliffe and Strathpine libraries.

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