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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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The Gympie Bone Museum has to move

We’ve run out of room where we are in Condies Arcade and the building is going to be renovated so we’ve had to shift everything into storage.  Compulsory closure of the museum in March due to COVID 19 has really knocked our income about and will make it hard to afford the move. Thankfully Gympie Regional Council has lent a hand and given us a storage shed to keep everything safe and sound for a while.

Director Rae Gate helps move the buffalo skeleton across the park
Director Rae Gate helps move the buffalo skeleton across the park

Moving everything into storage on Saturday was a walk in the park. We had plenty of help from the crew at Bendigo Bank and the Friends of the Museum who really put their back into it. 

The skeleton crew were shoulder to shoulder on moving day at Gympie Bone Museum
The skeleton crew were shoulder to shoulder on moving day

We’re not looking for a shoulder to cry on,

but we do need a hand! We have the opportunity to move to the historic Surface Hill Church just up the road on Channon Street.  

It’s a really special building built in 1890 that will give us more parking, more exposure, more room and more scope to run events.  It will also open up the building to the public again after a long time and there are so many wonderful local stories of family events in the church to record and preserve before they are lost forever.

Historic Surface Hill Church on Channon Street Gympie
Gympie Bone Museum has the opportunity to move into the historic Surface Hill Church on Channon Street Gympie

How you can Help
It’s expensive to move and reset our exhibits in a new venue and COVID-19 has been a big setback for the museum.  So we’ve started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help to cover the bond and setup expenses. After just one week we are already almost half way to our $6000 goal!

We know it’s a shocking time to be fundraising with everything going on, but please help any way you can. Every donation will help no matter how much you can give. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our gorgeous little town. Please click through to GoFundMe to give us a hand!

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Rodger the Lodger hitched a ride to the storage shed

We’re looking forward to a huge opening day celebration with free entry for all our lovely donors. You’ll officially be part of the skeleton crew so “come and see what you’ll look like later!”