Finding inspiration in art

A new art gallery has opened in the Ipswich Mall, near the entrance to BCC Ipswich City Cinemas.

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With the support of the Activate Ipswich program, the new art gallery showcases local artists’ work, and aim to reinvigorate vanishing art forms and traditional skills through workshops.

With limited space in Ipswich for artists to display their work, this non-profit gallery will be a chance for local work to get seen, and hopefully…sold!

Run by artists as part of a committee, the space is opposite what will soon be the temporary home for the Ipswich Art Gallery, which is moving into the old Timezone for the summer due to urgent renovations.

The idea came up when Chairperson Julie Maddocks and Secretary/Treasurer Sandra Evens were working on the Bottle Alley mural project earlier this year as part of the ‘Animating Spaces’ project.

“Everything you see is for sale” Ms Maddocks said. “We like to have artwork that says something about Ipswich, and we have the feature gallery area up for local artists to share their works.

“We are on the lookout for local artists to display works and get involved,” she said. “We are especially looking for artists who are skilled in the older, traditional arts. These include woodwork, bronze sculpting, and art in bark.

“There is also a feature gallery available for hire by local artists to showcase their works.” Ms Maddocks said.

Anyone keen in getting involved can contact Julie at julesart@optusnet.com.au