Gympie Region in Southeast Queensland, Australia, is a diverse region stretching from the coastal towns of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach in the East to the rural, farming communities of Kilkivan and Goomeri in the West. The township of Gympie, the economic hub of the region, is located 160 kilometres north of the state capital, Brisbane. The region has a rich heritage and history which is celebrated in various ways. 2017 is the anniversary of the discovery of gold in Gympie and said to be the date the town was founded.
In 2016 six artists were chosen to work with curator Judy Barrass to develop work in response to the collections of Gympie’s local historical museums for an exhibition to be held in Gympie Regional Gallery the following year. The exhibition will be part of Gympie’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. The project is funded by Gympie Regional Council and the Gympie Regional Gallery.
This site documents the development of the exhibition and the artists’ work as well as giving an insight into how artists and museums can work together to create new stories and invigorate historical collections.