Art trail celebrates animal friends

Local artist Marlies Oakley presents her piece 'Willow' as part of Found/Studio Dog exhibition which is kept at J&R McCrackens. Picture: CHRIS BURNS

Dog lovers and art enthusiasts alike are now able to come together as part of the Found! Studio Art Exhibition and Dog Trail.

Three years in the making by curator Adrienne Williams with the support of the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Found! Studio Dog is a visual arts exhibition and art trail of works by local and high profile invited artists, in play across September and October 2020.

Adrienne said the idea came about as artists generally work in isolation, something that has been understood even more in 2020 and it was a chance to celebrate and share their studio companion.

“My own studio dog Sunday keeps me on task and as we have seen from these incredible artworks many other companions do too for my fellow artists,” she said.

“The project showcases local and invited artists and showcases how artists work as well as the role of animals in keeping our general and mental health.

“I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the project by the artists, the team at Bundaberg Regional Galleries as well as local businesses.”

As well as artworks featured in the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and over 75 artworks on the trail locally, 56 businesses have artworks featured in their window, some multiple pieces.

Adrienne was nervous to speak to local businesses in regards to featuring the artworks as it was very soon after Covid-19 lock down but said upon speaking to them they were so thrilled about the project and that it was such a positive community event to look forward to.

Those looking for a fun family day out or even a chance to walk their four legged friend are encouraged to save the date for the next Trail activation day on Sunday 13 September, with organisers following the map and even starting a dog collage at map stop 10.

Stop one is Siz and Ses by Tiel Seivl-Keevers at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Barolin Street Bundaberg.

There are also satellite exhibitions being held by the Childers Art Group, Bundaberg Pottery Group, Bundaberg Art Society, Art at the Marina in Hervey Bay, Gatakers Art Space in Maryborough as well as the Side Gallery and Red Hill Gallery in Brisbane.

“It is wonderful to see this project come to fruition and the support I have received in installing the pieces in the art gallery and across the trail for the whole community to enjoy.”