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Neighbour day celebration at Gympie Bone Museum 9 April 2022

Hello Neighbour!

Are you new to Gympie? An empty nester? Experienced a relationship breakdown? Or just wanting to get back to an old love for crafting?

Come and try Neighbour Day Celebration on 9 April

Join us on Saturday 9 April 10am-2pm for a day of making and creating with fibre and fibre artists out under the trees at Gympie Bone Museum. This will be a come and try day for fibre dyeing, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and fibre art for anyone looking for like-minded people to connect with.

The fibre arts are very meditative and offer many mental health benefits. It’s a hobby that you can enjoy solo or with a group that doesn’t take much special equipment or money to get started. We’ll also have guided relaxation under the trees with Ros Melmeth.

We will have the Baltic Mini Textiles exhibition – an international exhibition of fibre art – and pieces by local fibre artists on display for you to use for inspiration.Hands on help and friendly faces will be there from Gympie CWA, Gympie Spinners Weavers & Crafters, Little Shop for Yarners and Gympie Bone Museum.

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Włodzimierz CYGPoland To weave or not t2013 tapestry, linen,
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Elsbet WIENS Germany Close-by 2016 needle lace, thin wire, copper wire
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Helene TSCHACHER Germany OD Catalogue 2019 office supplies, catalogue, paper,

Good conversation, good food and good people

We’re aiming for a relaxing day of good conversation, good food and good people. No expectations and no expensive classes to sign up for. Bring a camp chair or picnic rug, bring your work in process if you have one, bring a friend or be ready to make some new ones. We’re all looking forward to getting to know you!

Gympie Bone Museum couldn’t put on days like this without the help of our sponsors and supporters. The Baltic Mini Textiles exhibition is sponsored by Little Shop for Yarners. Cakes will be supplied by Gympie CWA & lunch by Bull’s Eye Food Truck. Additional sponsorship has been given by Bunnings Gympie. The Neighbour Day celebration project received assistance from the Gympie Regional Council Community Development Grants Program.

Help celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Neighbour Day and build the community you want to live in.

Neighbour Day is a Relationships Australia social connection campaign

Neighbour Day is Relationships Australia’s social connection campaign that encourages people to reach out and make sustainable connections with those around them. Loneliness and social isolation continue to affect the health and well-being of Australians and we want to help shift the tide.

You’ll find Gympie Bone Museum at 8 Fraser Rd Gympie. Free parking!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 gympiebonemuseum.org.au

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Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia Exhibition: on tour

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And I imagined – an article on residency at Gympie Bone Museum by Dr Janet Lee

I stood in front of the human skeleton, and for a moment, with the light just right, the bones and I connected. photo credit janet lee

Photo credit: Janet Lee

In January, I was Writer in Residence at the Gympie Bone Museum, the guest of Deb and Jaimie.  

The residency made me think of connections.

Of the bones I possess. Of the bones of the people and animals I love. Of all the many guinea pigs and dogs and horses and cows and chickens that I have buried about the countryside.   

Deb said we do all turn to dust eventually, but our bones are about the last to go.

I was drawn to particular objects,

the heart, the camel skeleton, the human skeleton, the whalebone. What are their stories?

I stood in front of the human skeleton, and for a moment, with the light just right, the bones and I connected. Of course, it was just the reflection, but that made me think of how the bones in the exhibit reflect us. How we are all linked by the bones we carry within us, or perhaps without us, in the case of exoskeletons.  

I am interested in phrenology,

the 1800s ‘science’ of reading a person’s personality by examining the lumps and bumps upon their head. It is now thought of as a pseudo-science, but it continued to be widespread into the 1900s.  I have a friend who remembers their grandmother saying she was ‘read’ by a phrenologist in a sideshow tent in Queensland.

There is information about phrenology down that wonderful rabbit hole which is the National Library’s ‘Trove’, and you can read old newspapers which have advertisements for phrenology exhibitions. One resource I used when I wrote The Killing of Louisa, was a pamphlet by the phrenologist Sig. P. Besomo who made a diagnosis of Louisa Collins based on the shape of her head. He also advertised ‘Mental Photographs’.  

I have my very own china L.N. Fowler phrenology head, albeit a reproduction of the original.

My phrenology head has a few more bumps than usual, owing to an incident with one of the local possums, the one we called Possum McPossumface, who used to like to stroll in through our French doors, if we happened to leave them open, and check out the fruit basket.

I glued my phrenology head back together after the possum encounter, and now he has more pronounced Ideality tendencies and a crack through his Acquisitiveness and Constructiveness. Photo credit Janet Lee

After the possum encounter, I glued my phrenology head back together and now he has more pronounced Ideality tendencies, and a crack through his Acquisitiveness and Constructiveness.

Photo credit Janet Lee

He still sits on my desk, his skull a little wonky, and watches me as I write.

Deb knew of my phrenology interest and brought in a human skull for me to handle.

We all recognise what the human skull looks like, from pirate flags and plastic decorations, or in my case, from Yorick, of Hamlet Act 5, Scene 1.

The human skull is intricate photo credit janet lee

We kind of think we know a human skull.

But when I held it, tipped the real skull upside down in my hands, well, all those intricate bones, all those cobwebs of fine connections.

I could see inside us.

The human skull is intricate Photo credit Janet Lee

We are amazing.

I thought of babies, how beautiful they are, how they grow.

I thought of the squiggly lines on our skulls, sutures are the technical name I think, but they made me think of the squiggly lines on a eucalyptus tree, which led to me thinking about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and trees and earth and growing, and how everything is interconnected.  

Having a skull to hold showed me things.

Our ear holes are really small.

We are finely made.  

Human skulls have bits with great names. The ‘greater wing of the sphenoid bone’ sounds impressive. There are two little holes in our lower mandibles, just around the chin, called ‘mental foramen’, and nerves run through them. I looked the names up on a diagram.

Deb is a scientist, and she was able to explain so many… well ‘wonders’… is about the only word I can use.  

I was drawn to so many of the wonders.

I was particularly drawn to the preserved heart.

corrosion cast heart made by Rest In PIeces

It is the heart of a sheep, and again, amazing to see such an intricate structure. The process of preserving the heart involves resin and acid and sounded a very complex when Deb explained it to me.  

She said small pieces might break off during the process, no matter how careful you are.

I once saw the vein system of a young child, which had been persevered using this technique. It is an image which has stayed with me.

I bought a broken piece of heart.

My piece is dyed black, and sits on my desk with my phrenology head. The piece has prompted a short story, which has become a longer story, which might become longer yet, and which I hope you might read one day.  

I find I ask ‘why?’, and ‘what if?’ a lot, and that one of my imaginings leads to lots of others.

My desk at the Gympie Bone Museum. photo credit Janet Lee
My desk at the Gympie Bone Museum. photo credit Janet Lee

The Writer in Residence was only a few days, but many of the imaginings will sit with me a good long while. Some of the ideas will come out quickly in stories, others, not so much. They will ferment like a wine, or a cheese, before they surface.

I imagine my own skull, viewed as something like a phrenology head, but with the sections detailing experiences, rather than personality traits.

And bones, and connections.

I imagine lots of those.

In January 2022, author Janet Lee was Writer in Residence at the Gympie Bone Museum, Australia’s only museum dedicated to the art and science of modern bones and skeletons

Read a poem by Misha Ahmadi inspired by Janet’s residency here –>

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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. 

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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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Gyotaku fish printing with Nicola Tizzard

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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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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.

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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.