2015 Emerge ambassador Gane Maile. Photo Contributed
2015 Emerge ambassador Gane Maile. Photo Contributed Contributed

Something for everyone at Emerge

FROM pencil drawings, pastels and photography, to upcycled sculptures and collaborative installations, the 2015 Emerge exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) has something for everyone.

This annual showcase of the Bundaberg region's young and talented artists once again provides an insight into the creative minds of the regions emerging artists.

Emerge 2015 officially opens on October 16 at 5.30pm in Gallery One at BRAG.

In 2015, students from eight high schools in the region have been chosen to show their work in the exhibition.

Emerge 2015 will highlight the talents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from Bundaberg Christian College, Bundaberg State High School, Gin Gin State High School, Isis District State High School, Kepnock State High School, Bundaberg North State High School, Shalom College and St Luke's Anglican School.

Visitors to Emerge will be able to vote for their favourite work of the exhibition for the People's Choice Award, sponsored by Art Plus.

This year, Bundaberg Regional Galleries has invited Year 12 Kepnock State High School student, Gane Maile to be the official ambassador for the Emerge exhibition.

Miss Maile's work not only features in the exhibition, she is also a vocal advocate for the importance of the arts to young people in our region.

"I'm driven to help others understand just how important and beautiful art is in our lives", Miss Maile.

Bundaberg Regional Council community services spokeswoman Judy Peters said she was looking forward to visiting the exhibition.

 "October/November is always a great time to take the opportunity to celebrate the talents of the creative side in our community," Cr Peters said.  

"The exhibition challenges our imaginations and sense of creativity by showcasing the skills and talents of our young artists. Bundaberg Regional Council is privileged to present the Emerge exhibition as our way of continuing to support arts and culture in our region and in particular our young people".

Bundaberg Regional Galleries team leader, Roana O'Neill said the annual Emerge exhibition was vitally important for acknowledging the importance of art in the community.

"Emerge has become a community event that is held in high regard by the regional schools and our community", said Ms O'Neill.

"Bundaberg Regional Galleries is committed to providing this opportunity for the next generation of talented artists and creative professionals".

This year Bundaberg Regional Galleries have partnered with CQUniversity in presenting the Emerge exhibition and related events.

Through CQUniversity's sponsorship of Emerge, the Galleries has been able to program a Careers day for students to meet with professional mentors working in the creative industries on Saturday October 17.

Galleries marketing and sponsorship officer, Wendy Davis, said, "Thanks to CQUniversity, we have also been able to work with the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, organising a screening of the latest Banksy documentary, Banksy Does New York, on 21 October (at 6:30pm)," she said.

Emerge will officially open on Friday 16 October starting at 5:30pm at BRAG.

The opening is a free event.

Young Dingoes will perform in BRAG Park while drinks and light refreshments are served in BRAG's Gallery One.

Everyone is welcome to this celebration of our region's emerging artists. The exhibition continues until 6 December.

*ENDS* For more information please contact: Bundaberg Regional Galleries media contact: Wendy Davis - Marketing & Sponsorship Co-ordinator Phone: (07) 4130 4756 Email: bragmarketing@bundaberg.qld.gov.au



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