Local talent to shine in new gallery program

A rundown on the 2022 exhibitions planned at Logan Art Gallery.
Greenbank artist Jessica Skeen-McKinnon will bring together her talented family for a special exhibition next year at Logan Art Gallery.

Greenbank-based First Nations artist Jessica Skeen-McKinnon will bring the talented members of her artistic family together for a special exhibition at Logan Art Gallery next year.

The Skeen family group exhibition will be part of a diverse program of works by local and visiting artists and touring exhibitions at the gallery.

The program for the next year was endorsed at last week’s Logan City Council meeting.

Many Skeen family members are artists and craftspeople having learnt skills from their renowned artist father Joseph Skeen, who is a second-generation Aboriginal artefact maker.

He makes many things, including clapping sticks and didgeridoos, but his main focus now is making boomerangs and passing on his knowledge.

Jessica is the artist behind the eye-catching designs featured at the Logan Gardens water play area.

The Skeen family exhibition will feature new paintings, photography and wood craft focused on how Aboriginal culture and knowledge is passed down through family connections.

City Lifestyle Committee Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said the 2022 program would offer the gallery’s visitors some interesting experiences.

“We have already locked in some amazing exhibitions for the year and look forward to sharing them with the community,” Cr Koranski said.

“We are especially keen to highlight the wealth of talent we have within the City of Logan with a diverse range of talented artisans, designers, and makers.”

Next year’s Bespoke: made in Logan exhibition will showcase contemporary jewellery and small objects by well-known and emerging local artists.

Cr Koranski said Council would celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Artwaves student exhibition next year.

Artwaves celebrates the creative excellence of young artists from this region.

This year’s Artwaves exhibition is currently on display until Saturday, October 16.

It features 241 students from 30 secondary schools in the City of Logan and adjacent areas, is currently on display until Saturday, October 16.

The Southside Upcycling Stitchers Collective is busily working on its Stitched together exhibition showcasing the use of fabric waste, donated clothing and sewing to transform garments and create jewellery.

Other highlights of the 2022 program include:

  • The 20th annual Workshop wonders exhibition highlighting student works from the gallery’s practical art workshop program.
  • A touring exhibition of works from the last 30 years of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
  • Rochedale South artist Christina Lowry’s first solo photography exhibition Remember to live drawing parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and plague outbreaks which influenced the still-life paintings of 17th century Dutch artists.
  • Young Boronia Heights artist Oliver Murdoch exhibiting illustrations of his superhero characters.
  • The Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc’s return exhibition ofwildlife-themed paintings, pastel works, drawings and sculptures.
  • Established fashion designer Helen Miller’s series of textiles, theatrical masks, costumes and digital prints highlighting themes like multiculturalism, cultural identity and sustainability.

The gallery will also be closed next year between January 18 and February 26 for essential maintenance to bring it into line with Australian standards for exhibitions.

During this period, access will be provided to virtual gallery programs such as online art making workshops and creative industry talks.

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