Logan Art Gallery a hive of natural creativity

Published: 29 Apr 2016

The Logan Art Gallery is currently hosting some of the City of Logan’s hardest workers – a colony of native stingless bees, which has been creatively communing, while on display in the Gallery courtyard since early April.

This Saturday 30 April, Logan Art Gallery’s Creative-in Residence, Sandra Conte will discuss the bees’ importance to the environment and the intersection of art, the environment and community with a ‘Welcoming of the hive’ event starting at 10.30 am, to coincide with the Creative Art Markets at the front of the Gallery.

Sandra Conte’s artistic expertise will be combined with the skills and knowledge of local bee keeper, Ann Ross of Hive Haven and artists Sandra Pearce, Colleen Finn and Nicola Hooper who have been undertaking practical art workshops creating prints and drawings with a focus on the bees.

Chair of the Sport and Community Services Committee, Councillor Steve Swenson said the Creative-in-Residence program was the first of its kind for Logan Art Gallery and was designed to be thought provoking and encourage discussion and debate about how, through art, we can better understand the environment.

“Having a Creative-in-Residence at the Gallery adds a new dimension to our understanding of art. The most successful artworks might be beautiful, but they might also be thought provoking, create discussion and debate, and encourage people to think differently about what is around them,” he said.

Sandra Conte is in residence on Thursday and Friday mornings during April and May, but you can see the bees in the Gallery's courtyard Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.

She will talk about her work along with Rachael Lee and Mary Elizabeth Barron at an Artist-in-Residence forum at Logan Art Gallery from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 7 May.

The Creative-in-Residence program is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture.

Entry to the Logan Art Gallery, on the corner of Wembley Road and Jacaranda Avenue Logan Central, is free.

For more information contact the Logan Art Gallery on 3412 5519 or visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery