30 Arthur Street, TAMBO, QLD, 4478
07 4621 6600
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The Grassland Art Gallery is a public exhibition space located centrally in Tambo and is free to visit. The front façade of the building references a historical shop that occupied this site in earlier times.
The Gallery is the only Council-supported, purpose-built, climate controlled facility within a 300km radius, extending from Longreach to Roma.
The Grassland Art Gallery has a contemporary cool and inviting exhibition area that has a running space of 40 metres. It has a rotating exhibition program of locally produced and curated displays, regional artists and touring exhibitions. The gallery programming is managed by the Tambo Arts Council in a collaboration with the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council's Arts and Cultural Officer.
The Gallery offers a large community workshop and meeting space that is well equipped for a range of events and activities. It is the cultural hub that also connects and interacts closely with the historical precinct in presenting Tambo's rich cultural heritage. A relaxing courtyard connects the Gallery and workshop spaces.
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In the Gallery........
Two Sisters Talking Talking by Jean-Barr Crombie (Aulpunda) and Joyce Barr - Crombie (Anpanwa)
The exhibition, Two Sisters Talking, was opened on the evening of Friday 27 November by Lousie Campbell, Manager of Red Ridge Interior QLD.
Two Sisters Talking is an exhibition of works by the Barr-Crombie sisters who originally hail from Birdsville. Joyce and Jean, Anpanuwa and Aulpunda bring the Wangkaangurru and Yarluyandi country alive in their art, painting a deep love of country from river to the desert.
They see beauty in their traditional land, in sand and gibbers, the long horizion ans star-freckled night, and bring it to life on canvas. The works exhibited display incredible depth and fine detail, works vary from traditional dot paintings to outback scenes expressed in their unique style.
Red Ridge has represented and supported the two women through their artistic journey, assisting them to move from emerging to established artists. Red Ridge is the Regional Arts Service Network (RASN) provider for western Queensland, servicing fifteen local government areas covering over a third of the state's land mass. The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is state-wide approach to increasing arts engagement in regional Queensland through building capacity, strengthening networks, and celebrating stories. Created by the Queensland Government, RASN providers such as Red Ridge has been tasked with driving regional development by working with the local arts sector, the community and key stakeholders to determine specific arts and cultural priorities for the region.
Red Ridge has been instrumental in the recent development of the Red Ridge the Label, transforming the Sister's artwork from works on canvas into a beautiful fashion line. The debut collection, Diamantina is born from the red sandhills of central-western Queensland, named after the region where Joyce and Jean grew up and features prints interpreted in natural fibre garments. Coordinating plain linens compliment the silk print pieces while a range of accessories and handbags complete the collection. The sister consider the collection is an opportunity for people to see where they have come from, shinning a light on their home country. Unfortunately neither Jean, nor Joyce were able to attend the opening however, a crowd of thirty enjoyed a relaxed eveningof great art and good company. The Two Sisters Talking, the exhibition, will be on display at the Grasslands Art Gallery until mid-March 2021.
The Grassland Art Gallery was awarded a Special Commendation in the prestigious statewide 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) for the Significantly Tambo exhibition developed as part of Tambo's 150-year anniversary events and festivities.
The Grassland Art Gallery, Tambo, was recognised for outstanding achievement in the category of ‘Organisations: Staff of Under 4' for its Significantly Tambo exhibition.
The Significantly Tambo exhibition marked the first local history exhibition to be co-curated with the Tambo community, comprising significant objects that represented important events and eras in Tambo's heritage.
This whole-of-community approach brought new audiences and engagement to the Gallery and facilitated the telling of Tambo's history and stories, some of which were little known.
In awarding the Grassland Art Gallery a Special Commendation in this category, the judges recognised Significantly Tambo as an important exhibition for the region. It demonstrated the effective use of objects to present the stories of the region's heritage, and the use of social media to publicise and promote the exhibition during prime tourism season to achieve both community and entrepreneurial outcomes.
Alison Shaw (Gallery Liaison Officer) and Josh Tarrant at the GAMA
For further information please contact the Gallery Liaison Officer - Alison Shaw on (07) 4621 6600 or by email on CFO@btrc.qld.gov.au