Paper artists to present Bali magic at USC Gallery

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Paper artists to present Bali magic at USC Gallery


16 January 2012

16 January 2012

A stunning exhibition of paper art inspired by a visit to Bali will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 2 February.

The exhibition is called Berbagi, which means “sharing” in Bahasa Indonesia. It is being presented by Papermakers of Queensland Inc and features works from Australian and international papermakers.

Berbagi will be officially opened by Janet De Boer OAM, the Executive Director of The Australian Forum for Textile Arts Ltd (TAFTA) and editor of the Textile Fibre Forum Magazine.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said inspiration for the exhibition came after a group of Queensland artists visited Bali and spent time with two paper artists in the Ubud area.

The Balinese artists, Naruse Kiyoshi from the Greenman Studio and Joseph Borde from Aliran Studio, have been invited to join with the group to present this exhibition.

Exhibition curator and exhibiting artist Diane Tait said anyone who has travelled to Bali will find that this exhibition renews their memories of their time on the magical island.

“Walking through rice paddies, a visit to a puppet museum, the food and the colour and noise of the Balinese environment all have inspired the Queensland artists,” she said.

“The Balinese artists’ work is more restrained and shows a way of creating beautiful works from natural fibres that is very rarely seen in Australia.

“This is an opportunity for people to see Bali through the eyes of paper and fibre artists. There are large and small-scale works in the exhibition, and architects and interior designers might be especially interested in some of the unique work by the two visiting artists.”

Ms Tait said Naruse Kiyoshi would attend the exhibition opening at USC and run workshops for local papermakers at Noosa Arts and Crafts in Noosaville.

Berbagi is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the workshop program is made possible by a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, a Queensland Government and Arts Queensland partnership with Sunshine Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture.

The exhibition will be on display from 2 February to 3 March at the USC Gallery.

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, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

The 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery exhibition program is supported by The Proost De Deyne Family, owners of Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.

— Terry Walsh

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