Indigenous sculptures in spotlight

JOIN Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers for the official launch of Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture and Tour de Force: In case of emergency break glass at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum from 6.30pm this Friday, September 16.

Menagerie is a unique and groundbreaking exhibition of sculptural works celebrating the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia.

An Object and Australian Museum touring exhibition, assisted by the Australian Government's Contemporary Touring Initiative through Visions of Australia and exhibited in Gladstone with Australian Pacific LNG support, the display will continue until Sunday, October 23.

Tour de Force is an exhibition of glass works by eight progressive Australian glass artists who have breached the arts-craft divide to create work that sits firmly as contemporary art.

In a rare opportunity for locals, Tour de Force curator Megan Bottari will present a floor talk from 4pm, preceding the official launch.

Developed by Artisan and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, curated by Megan Bottari with support from the Queensland Government, the Australia Council, the Australian Government Visual Arts & Craft Strategy and QANTAS, Tour de Force is toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland with the Australian Government's Visions of Australia assistance.

The young and young at heart are invited to celebrate Surrealism for Kids September 17-23 at the Gallery/Museum.

This week-long range of free activities inspired by the fascinating world of the surrealists is a Queensland Art Gallery Services program assisted by Santos, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

For further information or to RSVP for the opening event please phone 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au