Local artists on show at USC Gallery

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Published on 20 November 2014

Nationally recognised Sunshine Coast artists Glen Manning and Kathy Daly from The Niche Art will present an exhibition called Intersection Interaction at the USC Gallery, opening Friday 28 November at 6.30pm.

The exhibition of sculpture, light installation and photography will be officially opened by Ant McKenna, the Team Leader of Cultural Programs, Community Services and Community Relations at Sunshine Coast Council.

Intersection Interaction will feature selected pieces from The Niche Art’s extensive catalogue of public artworks that explore the intersection between art and landscape, both built and natural, and human interaction with art.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said public art played a significant role in connecting people with the spaces they live, work and play.

“The Niche Art has a successful public art practice and the exhibition also introduces new art including sculpture, mixed media stone sculpture, projection and photography,” she said.

“Glen Manning and Kathy Daly have been creating public artworks across Australia for many years and there are several of their works on our campus.

“The work that we are most proud of and that expresses the care and artistry they put into each piece is the glorious series of digi-glass windows in the stairwells of Building H1.”

Ms Oelrich said the work, called Allocasuarina Emuina, was purpose built in 2011 after the artists did extensive research on the campus and had discussions with the environmental scientists about the plant life at USC.

“The Allocasuarina emuina, or Emu Mountain Sheoak,is listed as an endangered species with a limited growth area that includes the Mooloolah River National Park and the USC Sippy Downs campus,” she said. “It is a gem.”

The exhibition will continue at the USC Gallery until Saturday 20 December.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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