Eight events and exhibitions you can’t miss at Ipswich Art Gallery in 2018

Ipswich Art Gallery has another big year planned with exhibitions and events for people of all ages. Take a look at eight of the best for 2018.

Anzac: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart (17 March to 29 April)

Anzac is the result of acclaimed New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart’s 30-year journey photographing WWI memorials across New Zealand and Australia that feature the lone digger.

Ipswich Artists: Works from the Collection (2 March to 20 May)

See the diversity and skill of Ipswich artists in this display of works acquired for the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Featured artists include Gary Abkin, Tim Acutt, Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Annie Clarke, Donna Davis, Mike den Otter, Colleen Gardener, Angela Geertsma, Sally Harrison, Sharon McKenzie, Kate Roberts, Andrew Spark and Helen Vere.

Thomas Griffiths (From March)

The intricate work of timber craftsman Thomas Griffiths will feature in a new display in the gallery’s heritage cabinet. Griffiths immigrated to Ipswich in 1883 as part of the influx of Welsh coalminers and worked at Hancock’s Sawmills in North Ipswich before developing his own sawmilling operation in North Queensland.

Climbing Web (Easter school holiday event)

Reach new heights these school holidays and explore a hand crocheted climbing tunnel created by Evelyn Roth. Complete with music and spinning disco lights, kids can climb, tumble, dive and spin while safely suspended off the ground.

Display of donated d’Arcy Doyle paintings (May to June)

A pair of d’Arcy Doyle paintings have been added to the Ipswich City Art Collection after being donated by Peter and Jim McMahon. Commissioned by the McMahon family for use as a pair of doors in the McMahon’s Soft Drinks factory, the works connect the iconic Ipswich business with one of Australia’s most loved artists.

Ipswich Free Handicap Cup 1866 (June)

The Ipswich Free Handicap Cup will be displayed to coincide with the annual Ipswich Cup. The cup was awarded to the winner of the fifth race in the Ipswich Christmas Races held on 26 and 27 December, 1866. The race was open to all horses and run over a distance of two miles. The winner of the event was Jibboom.

Treasure Hunt (June / July school holiday event)

Experience the thrill of discovery at this returning experience for young children. Create a treasure bag and dig for jewels, gems and special surprises in the massive Treasure Hunt sand pit.

Bunk Puppets (September / October school holiday event)

Slapdash Galaxy tells the story of Bunk Puppets Sam and Junior, two brothers who flee their planet and embark on a quest across space. Strap in for a shadow puppet epic created from the contents of your cleaning closet and bits of rubbish.

For more information on exhibitions and events coming to Ipswich Art Gallery in 2018 go here.

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