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AuRUM Festival kicks off with How To Tour An Exhibition with Trudie Leigo

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AuRUM Festival is kicking off on November 27 and 28 with a workshop on How To Tour An Exhibition presented by professional curator Trudie Leigo.

Have you ever wanted to pack up your artwork or collection and send it out into the world but didn’t know where to start?

Then we have the perfect workshop for you!

Trudie Leigo, professional curator, will deliver two days of practical hands-on help in assessing your exhibition and pitching it to venues, scheduling tours, the nuts and bolts of getting your show on the road and developing resources like media kits and education kits to really show off your work to its best advantage.

With a background in media with ABC radio, Trudie can advise on getting your press releases noticed and getting those all important eyes and ears on your work for maximum advantage in the press.

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With a background in media with ABC radio, Trudie can advise on getting your press releases noticed and getting those all important eyes and ears on your work for maximum advantage in the press.

Practical Tips and Tricks from Trudie Leigo

Using the collection at Gympie Bone Museum this two day workshop will include practical tips and tricks on packing your work securely, transporting it and making sure it is set up properly at the other end.

Trudie Leigo, professional curator and journalist, will deliver two days of practical hands-on help in how to tour an exhibition and:
• Have an understanding that touring projects are scaleable and can be targeted at different types of venues.
• Have an understanding of the work involved and the steps that need to take place to successfully complete a touring project.
• Have a list of industry resources and contacts to help them with future projects.

There’s no better time to tour your work

With the current boom in regional and rural tourism there is no better time to consider touring your work to galleries and museums around the country. Feature exhibitions are big drawcards to cultural institutions and another reason for tourists and locals to visit again and again.

This workshop will also deliver great advice to professionals working in those cultural institutions on how to source and market touring exhibitions to your best advantage. It is vitally important that GLAM professionals and creatives are on the same page working towards a common goal for the best chance at success together. You never know, you may discover your next big event right here in the room with you.

Places are strictly limited to 12 so you will have plenty of time for questions and one-on-one time with Trudie.

Participants will need to be computer literate and be able to use Microsoft Office, the internet, email and social media.

This project is sponsored by the Regional Arts Development Fund and is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Also sponsored by the Community Bank Gympie & District – Bendigo Bank.

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AuRUM Festival is on this Summer

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Gympie Bone Museum is proud to present the AuRUM Festival this summer 2021-2022.

Featuring a series of science , art, history and music events at the museum and around town this will be a laid back series of workshops and events over the summer school holidays.

The festival kicks of with a workshop on 27 & 28 November on How To Tour Your Exhibition presented by Trudie Leigo. Register now!

This project is sponsored by the Regional Arts Development Fund and is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Also sponsored by the Community Bank Gympie & District – Bendigo Bank.

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Twilight Tours in the Graveyard are back in March 2021


The news of gold always travelled quickly around the world. The lure of untold riches brought men and women from all corners of the earth to try their luck at finding a fortune. Join Di on a journey back to the early days on the goldfield in Gympie Cemetery and hear the stories of Chinese miners, merchants and market gardeners who brought their skills and their cultural practices to Gympie in its infancy.

When: Saturday twilight 27 March 2021

Time: 4.30pm start

Cost: $10 per person, children under 16 free

Where: Gympie Cemetery – Corella Rd

Bring: Comfy shoes, bug spray, a torch, a chair if you want

Bookings essential – buy tickets now >>

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Torchlight Tour 13 January 2021

Torchlight Tours are back! Our most popular event at the museum these self guided tours let you get up close and personal with the collection.

Discover the Gympie Bones after dark. Bring your torch and explore the exhibition with the lights out. Examine the bones and skulls up close, look into the corners and crannies of the cabinets and project your own shadow exhibition onto the walls and ceiling.

Online bookings are now open. Please choose a ticket type – Adult ($5), Child($5) or Adult accompanying children (free) and then choose an entry timeslot for each ticket.

We will be carefully managing the number of people in the building on the night. Ticket holders will be given priority, but this is the first time we are managing an event indoors under COVID restrictions so please be patient.

Find out more and book now >>>

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Double the Fun in the Graveyard this Halloween

Join us for two guided walks with Di Woodstock through Gympie Cemetery this Halloween. First up at 5.30pm is full moon rising and the story of Halloween. Bring your camera to capture stunning moon photos over the cemetery before the history of Halloween is explored. Follow up with stories of mayhem and misadventure at 7pm. Don’t forget your torch!

Numbers are strictly limited so bookings are essential. Book online now:
>> The story of Halloween tickets
>> Mayhem and Misadventure tickets

Suitable for ages 12 and over. Dress to impress for Halloween 👻 🎃💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧛‍♀️

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Everything’s coming up turtles at Gympie Bone Museum this week

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We’re all about the turtles at Gympie Bone Museum this week!

We’ve got loads of different types on loan from Qld Museum and none of them are locked away behind glass! If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a turtle then this is your chance.

Turtle skulls are a lovely shape and really inviting to touch.

Send us your turtle selfies! Shall we do a competition for the best one???

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Gympie Bone Museum closed until 4 Feb 2020

That’s a wrap on What Lies Beneath, folks! It’s been a wonderful adventure in the octopuses garden. We’re closed for a week to clean up and recover. See you next Tuesday Feb 4 2020


Huge thanks to everyone who helped put it together, came in and supported the exhibition, including these amazing people who help us spread the word:
Play Back Gympie  All About Candy  Toyworld Gympie  Magicality Coco Blush  The Gympie Times  Dream Cakes By Dorita  Nicola Tizzard Mistress of Stitch Kris Janke Tipler & the #stitchin people Alba Aquaculture Farm  Aquatic Articulations  Jake McGowan  Gympie Gold Museum, Markets & Cafe  Zinc 96  Steve Bilko Bilokin  Rae Gate for Division 4 Gympie  Cooloola Bay Bulletin  Gympie Living  Gympie Regional Council  Colleen Miller for Div 3 in 2020  Dan 4 Gympie  Bunnings Gympie  Dianne Woodstock  Celebrate Gympie  Queensland Museum and especially to our group of incredible volunteers Dan, Trent, Daniel, Dani and Tim who run the museum every day and give such amazing experiences to our visitors. We get so many great reviews about them and we absolutely couldn’t do it without them!

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Gympie Bone Museum guest stars at Gympie Regional Gallery

One of the best things about Gympie is the way community comes together. We’ve always said we are looking for a hand up not a hand out so it’s wonderful to receive an invitation from Gympie Regional Gallery to deliver activities as part of their Holiday Fun series.

We’re proud to present 3 artistic twists on our regular workshops to be delivered by Daniel at the Gallery on Tuesday 21 January.

5 KINDS OF BONES with a twist = Bone Mandalas! Did you know that all animal bones can be sorted and classified into just five categories? Learn more about bones then use their shapes to make fabulous mandalas. For children 6 years and older. 10.00 am to 11.00 am 21 January $6 per person

MEET THE FLESH EATING BEETLES with a twist = paint the beetles on your arms! Check out our amazing beetle specimens in a tank and watch their behaviour. Learn their lifecycle and ask Daniel all your creepy crawly questions. Freak out your family – use face paints to create some little beetles running up your arm! For children 6 years and older. 11.30 am to 12.30 pm 21 January. $6 per person

MAGNIFY YOUR WORLD with a twist = become a crazy cross between an artist and a scientist! Discover what everyday objects look like up close with our microscopes and magnifiers. Bring some objects from home to check out i.e. feathers, leaves, sticks and just about anything small. You can also check out your clothes, your skin, your hair and even your ears! Make some drawings of your discoveries! For children 6 years and older. 1.30 pm to 2.30pm 21 January. $6 per person