SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION: Artists Brad Marsellos and Heinz Riegler.
SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION: Artists Brad Marsellos and Heinz Riegler. Paul Beutel

Record reaction to Sinking Houses exhibition

ART lovers and curious visitors have only days left to visit the most popular exhibition the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) has ever hosted.

Sunken Houses, an exhibition that focuses on North Bundaberg in the 12 months after the January 2013 flood through photographs and sound, was created by Bundaberg photographer Brad Marsellos in collaboration with Brisbane-based composer Heinz Riegler.

After a near 300-strong crowd packed out the exhibition opening in mid-March, the interest and outpouring of support from community members who have attended the exhibition since has been a record high for the gallery.

"I have been overwhelmed by the response to the exhibition," Mr Marsellos said.

"I never imagined such an emotional reaction from locals as well as visitors from out of town.

"Every time I visit the space I read the many stories, messages of hope, recovery and continued struggles by members of our town who have been touched by this natural disaster."

Exhibitions officer Trudie Leigo said the exhibition had been seen by more than 2500 people to date, far greater numbers than any other exhibition in recent history at the gallery.

"The selection committee knew this would be a highly emotive and very personal exhibition for many members of our community and the visitor numbers reflect that," Ms Leigo said.

The exhibition closes this Sunday.



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