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Grave Rubbing Workshop in Gympie Cemetery with Joolie Gibbs

Join us for this Grave Rubbing workshop with Joolie Gibbs in the Gympie Cemetery.

Have you ever wanted to learn the gentle art of preserving the past through grave rubbing? This workshop will put history on the page and send you home with a piece of artwork to treasure and enjoy.

Joolie Gibbs was Director of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery for 23 years before retiring. She is also a visual artist in her own right and has worked with many regional artists throughout her career.In this workshop she will teach you how to take grave rubbings from historical stones with all the care and attention they deserve.

Preserve the beautiful work of the old stonemasons

without causing any damage or degradation. Keep a piece of Gympie in your home and help the people of the past be remembered with dignity, respect and beauty.

Bring a picnic

or pre-order snacks and drinks. After the workshop we’ll sit under the trees and have a picnic while we chat with Joolie about her work carving gravestones in New Zealand and her artistic career.

Bookings essential

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.Special thanks to the Gympie Cemetery Trust for supporting this project. 

rubbing of a grave from 1908
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Confessions of the Mary Street buildings postponed due to COVID

Sadly our presenter, Rochelle, has had to go into isolation due to COVID. This event is postponed until further notice, but Rochelle is very keen to do it so we will be running it. Stay tuned for updates!

Rochelle is a 6th, 5th and 4th generation local with all sides of her family landing in all corners of the Gympie region. She was raised here, went to school here and loves sharing the knowledge and history of her hometown and the region. One of her “claims to fame” is being related (by marriage) to James Nash. Her paternal great-great grandfather married a Murphy sister, and James Nash married another Murphy sister, thus her g-grandfather and James Nash were brother-in-laws.

Starting under the trees outside 6-8 Mary St near the post office at 9.30am you will stroll the street with Rochelle. Let Rochelle tell you what you’d hear if those walls could talk. We’ll end up at the corner of Mary St and Channon St.

This will be a gentle stroll from the Fiveways to the Gympie Regional Council building near The Grace and Whiskers cafe.

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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Events postponed because if it’s flooded, forget it!

Sorry music fans. We’ve decided to call off 8 January’s Live on the Lawn because of the weather. Even if it stops raining there’s nowhere dry enough to sit and relax 😥 We’ve got plans to do it later in the month though so hang in there. Save the date 22 January 4-6pm!

It’s raining cats and dogs skeletons out there! ⛈️☔ Weather warnings and flood warnings have told us it’s time to postpone this event. Sorry for the short notice but we tried our best to run it on schedule. Joolie has POSTPONED this walking tour to 22 January. We’ll send out reminders beforehand to everyone who has registered. Stay safe out there and remember- if it’s flooded, forget it!!

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Dying to know – Killer Cocktail Hour with Amanda Howard

The Gympie Bone Museum and Rest in Pieces has joined forces to bring you an evening with the Serial Killer Whisperer, Amanda Howard.
Over 4 nights Amanda will delve into the dark side and allow you to ask questions throughout the session.

The topic on evening 4 will be – Killer Cocktail Hour live Q&A with Amanda Howard

Christmas is over and you’ve caught up on all of your podcast episodes and don’t know what to do now? Why not come on a virtual cocktail hour and Q&A with The Serial Killer Whisperer Amanda Howard. There will be plenty to entertain the most ardent of True Crime fans as well as a few “special guests” making an appearance.

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Gyotaku fish printing with Nicola Tizzard

gyotaku art workshop at gympie bone museum

Explore the ancient traditional technique of Gyotaku fish printing.

Learn how to display your catch or ours using ink on fine Japanese fibre paper. We learn how to make the print, then colour the print with pencil or watercolours to bring your fish alive creatively.

The workshop will provide you with a quality print ready to frame.

Nicola is a visual artist and owner of Wildbark studios specialising in representations of the natural world. With a career as an art teacher for 20 years Nic looks forward to sharing two workshops with you during the festival. The first, Bush Botanicals, on the 5th January followed by a Gyotaku printing experience on the 6thJanuary.

Thursday 6 January 2022, 10 am – 1 pm at Gympie Bone Museum 8 Fraser Road Gympie

Suitable for participants 12 years and over.

Ticket includes entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

Snacks and drinks will be available for sale or pre-order with your tickets now.

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Bush Botanical watercolour workshop with Nicola Tizzard

bush botanical art workshop at gympie bone museum

Bush Botanical– Skeleton leaves come alive!

Come and explore the inner world of leaves, sticks, seed pods and bush botanicals.

The Bush Botanicals workshop will take you on a journey of drawing beautiful foliage and seeds, then using watercolour to bring your creativity alive!

All quality materials supplied including specialist water colour paper and paints.  You may bring your own favourites if you have them!

Nicola is a visual artist and owner of Wildbark studios specialising in representations of the natural world. With a career as an art teacher for 20 years Nic looks forward to sharing two workshops with you during the festival. The first, Bush Botanicals, on the 5th January followed by a Gyotaku fish printing experience on the 6thJanuary.

Wednesday 5 January 2022, 10 am – 1 pm at Gympie Bone Museum 8 Fraser Road Gympie

Suitable for participants 12 years and over

Ticket includes entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

Snacks and drinks will be available for sale or pre-order with your tickets now.

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Science in the Park – Gympie and District Landcare

Join us for a day of Science in the Park.We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.


Gympie & District Landcare
 are coming to talk about all the beneficial insects they employ to keep our environment safe from invasive pests and weeds. It’s going to be the coolest show and tell we’ve had for ages.  We’ll get the flesh eating beetles out and compare creepy crawlies.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

As we get closer to the date we expect to have more science superstars join the Science in the Park program. Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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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Science in the Park – Tin Can Bay Dolphins

Join us for a day of Science in the Park.We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.

At 10.30 are the volunteers of the Tin Can Bay dolphin squad – champions of the dolphin pod. Rain, hail or shine they show up every morning to check in with the Australian Humpback Dolphins that have been visiting Tin Can Bay for 25 years.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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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Science in the Park – Koala Action Gympie Region

Join us for a day of Science in the Park. We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.

First up will be Koala Action Gympie Region. We’ll hear about the koala population of the area, where they are, how they are and what they’ve taught us about the health of our forests.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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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Guided tour of Gympie’s public art trail with Joolie Gibbs

Join us for a guided tour of Gympie’s public art trail with artist and former Director of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery Joolie Gibbs. You might be surprised at what you find.

Starting at the Lady Mary statue at 73 Mary St near the Brown Jug Cafe at 9am you will stroll the nearby streets of the CBD with Joolie. Let Joolie tell you the inside story of each piece of Gympie’s public art along the way.

We’ll end up at the Gympie Regional Art Gallery where the Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) exhibition will be on display.

Joolie Gibbs was Director of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery for 23 years before retiring. She is also a visual artist in her own right and has worked with many regional artists throughout her career. Her unique insight into the choices of public art in Gympie and the artists who created them guarantees a fascinating morning for you.

This will be a gentle stroll from upper Mary St to the Gympie Regional Art Gallery in Nash St. As it will be January it may be hot so please come prepared. Why not buy a coffee from one of the nearby cafes before you leave?

Where to meet:At the Lady Mary statue, about 73 Mary St near the Brown Jug Cafe
When:Saturday January 8, 8.45am for 9am start
1-2 hours duration

What to bring:

comfortable walking shoes
hat or umbrella
water
camera

Cost:Free

Please register so that we know how many people we should have before we leave. This is an all ages event. 

Parking in Mary St is timed so please read the parking signs. Parking is also available in the nearby multi-storey carpark off Nash St, Nelson Reserve and surrounding streets.

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.