Combined Images Exhibition Launch
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum will launch the annual exhibition Intercity Images: Gladstone Saiki Photographic Exchange, Combined Images next Monday night, 5.30pm, 4 August. Officially opened by Cr Gail Sellers, Mayor of Gladstone Region, the Australian and Japanese photographs will be on display until 27 September 2014. As part of the cultural exchange between Sister Cities, local photographers who had their works enlarged and sent for display in Japan will be presented certificates on behalf of the Mayor of Saiki City at the launch.
This is the 12th year Intercity Images has occurred between the Sister Cities. Earlier in the year Gladstone Regional residents were asked to submit photographs that represented the people, lifestyle and environment of Central Queensland. 95 photographers submitted almost 150 images for the exhibition that was held at Easter and thirty of those images were selected to travel to Saiki City for display in June. Those images are back on display in the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum now, along with twenty images by Japanese photographers.
"We have noticed that the images from Saiki City have significantly relaxed over the years. In the beginning the photographs they sent to us were all very formal and stylised. Now they tend to send us images that are much more light-hearted and family orientated so I think we may be rubbing off on them. It is lovely to see our cultural similarities and shared values up on display." Said Jo Duke, Curator, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.
Launching as one of the final events of Multicultural week celebrations, this cultural exchange is thanks to the initiatives of the Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee, with support from Gladstone Regional Council. The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Streets, Gladstone. It is open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday with FREE admission. The Gallery & Museum will be closed Gladstone Show Day.