Final Floor Walk With Exhibiting Artist

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Final Floor Walk With Exhibiting Artist

On it’s last day of display, take a walk with Jan Ross-Manley and explore this local artist’s diverse exhibition, Marks of Fire, A Look Through the Brand at Life of the Land QLD 1870 to Now.  Currently exhibited at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Ross-Manley's contemporary works are inspired by life on the land, from early cattle stations to modern day farming, and has taken her over 18 months to complete.


From 10.30am - 11.30am, Saturday 27 February, discover Ross-Manley vibrant paintings, assemblages, photographs, installations and mixed media works and listen as she relates historical context and her own insights to the exhibited works.  This will be the final day of display for the exhibition at the Gallery & Museum and as a special treat on the day, Ross-Manley will conclude the Floor Walk with a brief poetry reading.


"Marks of Fire explores the history of rural Australian cattle farming, from the late 1800's through to the current day, particularly focusing on Queensland cattle brands," said exhibiting artist, Jan Ross-Manley.


"I spent almost two years researching historic brands dating back to the First Queensland Brands Act of 1872 and even found some long forgotten cultural treasures in the Gladstone Regional Council archives."


Thanks to financial assistance from the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council, Ross-Manley was even able to discover the first brand ever registered in Queensland - 'CA1', which is now held by the Targinnie Holdings and is still found grazing the foothills of Mt Larcom. 


During the Floor Walk, Ross-Manley will discuss a large keynote work - The Branding Boards - that was created during a community art branding event she organised on her property in August 2015.  All significant old station brands within the region are represented on this 2.45m x 2.45m board, including the fabled Gracemere brand 'A1A'.  


Marks of Fire, a Look through the Brand at Life on the Land Qld 1870 to Now continues at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum until 5pm, Saturday 27 February 2016.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the FREE Floor Walk with Jan Ross-Manley at 10.30am that day and audience discussion is welcome.  The Gallery & Museum is located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Streets, Gladstone and open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, always with FREE admission. 


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