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Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia Exhibition: on tour from Gdynia City Museum, Poland

During April the Gympie Bone Museum is proud to bring you 36 exquisite works of fibre art from the Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia Exhibition featuring pieces by artists from Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Maria WOJCIECHOWSKA- ZALEWSKA Poland Lacework Series II Object 07
Maria WOJCIECHOWSKA- ZALEWSKA Poland Lacework Series II Object 07 2016 own technique, cotton, polyester,

Launched in 1993 in Gdynia, Poland

the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition is one of Europe’s leading reviews of textile miniatures. The juried event is held every three years featuring artists from all over the globe at the Muzeum Miasta Gydni.

The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials. The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre.

Michelle ANDREWS Australia Echidna 2016 tesselated origamicardboard paper

20cm x 20cm x 20cm textile miniatures

The remarkable characteristics of the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm textile miniatures are significant for their close ties with the latest trends in contemporary art. The artists are given strict size restrictions while being left with a freedom of choice of topic, material and technique; the resulting miniatures serve as veritable laboratories illuminating the new possibilities presented by artistic textiles.

Many of the works bring to mind the colours, textures and patterns from the natural world. There is also a strong sense of biomimicry in the pieces. Displayed among the rest of the bone museum collection they are sure to delight and surprise as well as generate some interesting conversations.

Marite LEIMANE Latvia Flamingo March 2017 2019 own technique, cotton, linen

Neighbour day event April 9

On Saturday April 9 we’ll be hosting a free neighbour day event that will be a come and try day held in conjunction with local fibre arts and crafts groups.

Anyone interested in trying their hand at spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet or any kind of textile art is welcome to come and join in, especially if you are one of our recent new residents looking to meet some new neighbours and have some fun. We’re looking forward to seeing what the exhibition inspires you to create.

Warwick Art Gallery was one of the venues selected to receive the first tour of the Baltic Miniatures in 2013. Gallery Director Karina Devine says, “I am thrilled to demonstrate to other small to medium galleries that big dreams are possible even if you are a small organisation in regional Australia”. Gympie Bone Museum, our regions newest little museum, is excited to be taking part in the tour.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors Little Shop For Yarners and Gympie Regional Council.

For more information including booking group tours of the exhibition please contact us via our website

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Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia Exhibition: on tour

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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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AuRUM Festival is on this Summer


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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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!

human skeleton sits in car seat with seatbelt on
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!”