RHEA ANTHONY and LUISA COOLS
Brisbane is setting out to not only ‘wow’ international audiences with its spectacular G20 events, but also engage local community groups to showcase our exceptional talent in the arts.
The G20 cultural celebrations will run for three weeks in the lead-up to the summit and boasts an array of free events and performances for the public to experience.
G20 Cultural Program Creative Director Jono Perry emphasises the inclusiveness of the program and the diversity of the groups involved.
“We’ve tried to work with as many arts and cultural institutions in the city, and as many organisations as we can,” Mr Perry said.
“The aim of the program is to showcase Brisbane’s talent.”
With the cultural celebrations in full swing, the opening night of the ‘Expressions in Sculpture’ art exhibition is kicking off this evening at the Riverside Centre.
Sculptors Queensland representative Mela Cooke is thrilled that the society’s skills are able to get recognition during the G20.
“They were looking for Queensland talent and we said, ‘That’s us!” Ms Cooke said.
“I think it’s a nice idea to attract people to the G20 in this way, instead of them worrying about the inconvenience of it.”
The Society promotes sculpture as a creative and expressive art form, which is an integral part of our culture, society and everyday lives.
“We want to make people more aware of sculpture art and appreciate it – people are very aware of paintings on their wall but they’re not so used to the idea of having sculptures,” Ms Cooke said.
The exhibition features multiple sculptures created by Queensland’s finest artists.
‘Expressions in Sculpture’ is open to the public until Sunday 9 November, free of charge.