Visitors to the Central Goldfields Art Gallery will be transported to the deep blue sea as part of a new and exciting upcoming exhibition, Oceanarium – Deep Sea Other World.


Those attending the exhibition will be equipped with a head torch to explore a darkened Gallery, the wonders of the deep and the curious creatures that call the ocean home such as the giant squid or the angler fish that live a mind-boggling four kilometres beneath the ocean’s surface.


These creatures have been made out of machine embroidered panels and machine knitted elements by artists Karen Richards and Sue Ferrari.


Oceanarium aims to raise awareness and increase appreciation of our oceans, Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said.


“Oceanarium is all about raising awareness and increasing our appreciation and affection for our marine environments. It is also about raising our sense of duty for protecting and conserving them,” he said.


Another exhibition coinciding with Oceanarium is It Takes a Child to Grow a Village.


This exhibition is a project created by 173 children from the Shire’s kindergartens and children’s centres who worked closely with local artist Ann Ferguson to create their own little home out of clay.


These houses were then fired and will be on display in the interactive exhibition.


“Making the houses stimulated the children to think and talk about their own homes, environments and communities and visitors to the exhibition can test out their own options for community building through arranging the houses made by these young designers,” Mr Harvey said.


This project was funded by the Regional Centre for Culture.


While these exhibitions are on display, children from all primary schools and kindergartens in Central Goldfields have been invited to visit this exhibition and a complementary program about the ocean at the Maryborough Regional Library.

The exhibitions are on display from 3 August until 2 September 2018.


The Central Goldfields Art Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4pm and is located in the Old Fire Station in Neill Street.

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