Noosa Regional Gallery: Where Curiosity Reigns

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Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan invites you into a world of works that delight and excite the senses and stimulate the curious mind.

I’m always kind of surprised when people tell me they don’t like art or don’t get it – or even question its value (and I’m not talking cash). But then I remember that I live in a creative bubble. I don’t think people choose to not like or understand art. Instead, we’re often taught that art is a luxury or an add-on, pushed aside to make room for ‘proper’ subjects. What is interesting though, is that most children possess an innate curiosity.

New and different things can bring about excitement and wonder rather than frustration or confusion. But sometimes you’ve just got to let yourself be inquisitive or even playful – put reason and practicalities aside for a while and let your senses take the lead. You can do this any time you enter an art gallery – in fact, it’s encouraged – but every so often an exhibition gives you no choice. Imaginate, is a sensory wonderland of colour, texture and form, with opportunities to make as well as see. Pip and Pop have installed their immersive and colour-saturated installations in some of the world’s most exciting art galleries, and for three weeks their fantastical work is coming to Noosa Regional Gallery.

Their psychedelic dreamscapes create fictional spaces where imaginations can run wild. And while not all of their work invites tinkering, there are specific zones where visitors are encouraged to make and display their own Pip and Pop-inspired offbeat objects. This celebration of curiosity extends into the subsequent exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery – even if in a little more restrained way: Curious Novice is all about clay – arguably one of the most tactile and malleable mediums of art.

Curious Novice assembles a selection of Sunshine Coast potters, together with a couple from further afield, to look at what they spend their time making through a lens of infinite possibility as opposed to simply functional form.

Material transformation and the excitement of the reveal and the ‘unknown’ is what is highlighted in this show, and much like Pip and Pop’s immersive installation, visitors are asked to shake free the shackles of purpose and indulge ‘curiosity’ as an end to its own.



15 June to 7 July
Pip and Pop (aka Tanya Schultz) Curated by Brooke Bowtell

Curious Novice
13 July to 8 September
Laura Cope, Angus McDiarmid, Dennis Foreshaw, Claudi de Salvo, Pimparat Tantisukarom and Anwen Thomas. Curated by Nicole Maggs

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Director of Noosa Regional Gallery and described as an ‘accidental curator’ this prize-winning painter and sculptor has moved from creating works to curating them. It all began when he opened The Trocadero Art Space in Footscray in an effort to build an arts community in the area and 14 years later it is still standing we are lucky to have him taking the arts to a whole new level in our region.

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