Giant Gallery Guide

IMAGE: Guitarmageddon (Grudge Match) (detail) by Dr Jonathan McBurnie - part of Dread Sovereign, launching at Pinnacles Gallery on 4 November

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of visual art offerings around Townsville at the moment? Don’t know where to start? Or maybe don’t know what’s on offer in the first place? We’re here for you!

There’s a huge number of exhibitions both finishing up and launching over the next week, and we’ve got all the info you need here.

PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY (cnr Flinders & Denham Streets)
Tafe Emerging Artists Exhibition: 27 October – 19 November. Showcasing a selection of Townsville’s up-and-coming creative talent studying at Tafe North Queensland.
Enchanted – Karen Richards Exhibition: 27 October – 21 January. This children’s exhibition plays with darkness, textiles and sculpture to make you feel like you’re living in a fairytale. A brilliant experience no matter your age! If you aren’t already excited for this one, you will be after you check out Perc Tucker’s Instagram!

PINNACLES GALLERY (Riverway precinct)
Blueprint – JCU Graduate Exhibition: until 29 October. Check out what final year Bachelor of New Media Art students have been creating – and grab a sneak preview here!
Dread Sovereign: 4 November – 28 January. Prepare for a contradictory comic cosmos. It’s expected that this exhibition will feature between 1,500-2,500 pieces created by Dr Jonathan McBurnie – and they’re so funky that a colouring book has been produced alongside the exhibition!

UMBRELLA STUDIO CONTEMPORARY ARTS (482 Flinders Street)
Of Structure and Freedom, Shower Scenes and Young Indigenous Printmakers: until 12 November. Expect an exhibition of contrast and contradiction with Arryn Snowball and Christian Flynn’s Of Structure and Freedom in Umbrella’s main space – and journeying further into the gallery, discover work by Glen O’Malley and local high school students.

THE DRILL HALL STUDIO (27 Mitchell Street – access via Oxley or Leichhardt Streets)
Geoffrey Bay – Water, Light and Colour: until 23 November. Peter Dawson has only recently moved to Magnetic Island, which has reignited his passion for painting – his first solo exhibition in 30 years opens at the Drill Hall Studio tonight!

SYLVIA DITCHBURN FINE ART GALLERY (86 Ogden Street)
Rhonda Stevens profile exhibition: until 12 November. Magnetic Island’s Rhonda Stevens works in various mediums including printmaking and sculpture, which will be showcased at Sylvia Ditchburn’s Gallery for another fortnight.

GALLERY 48 THE STRAND (2/48 The Strand – look for the A-frame)
Furred, Feathered and Scaled: 25 October – 23 December. Lynn Scott-Cumming and Margaret Robertson pay homage to the North Queensland environment and wildlife in this group exhibition, which can be found at the gallery every Wednesday and Saturday until Christmas.

ALUMINIUM ART EXCLUSIVES (263 Flinders Street – beside Perc Tucker)
What could possibly be Australia’s very first aluminium art gallery is now open in Townsville! If you haven’t discovered Naomi Watts’ Aluminium Art Exclusives tucked beside Perc Tucker yet, it’s well worth popping in to say hi!

KAYLENNE CREIGHTON GALLERY (39 Rose Street – look for the flags on Howitt Street)
Open by appointment Tue-Wed, 10am-4pm Thu-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat. Kaylenne has specialised in Australian landscapes for many years now, and always has a range of pieces on show in her North Ward gallery.

Kathy Petersen’s richly textured oil painting contrast beautifully against the raw apartment shell.

KATHY PETERSEN ART (Fulton Gardens – the old hospital)
Life in Full Bloom exhibition: every Sunday 10am-1pm until 5 November. Kathy’s palette knife paintings are a stark contrast to the undeveloped rooms they are showcased in – which makes them even more powerful! The exhibition is open for just two more Sundays, so drop in before you miss out!

MAGNETIC ISLAND ART SPACES
Barefoot Art, Food, Wine: 5 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay.
Vonnie Van Bemmel’s studio: 2/17 Appian Way, Arcadia.
Mermaid Studio and Gallery: 85-87 Swensen Street, Horseshoe Bay.
Kysley Gallery: 58 Barbarra Street, Picnic Bay.
Magnetic Island Photography Gallery: 86 Mandalay Avenue, Nelly Bay.

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