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Affinity, An Exhibition by Kerry Wilson & Andrew Bryant

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Artists Andrew Bryant and Kerry Wilson at the gallery

'Affinity' is the latest exhibition at the Old Ambulance Station Gallery in Nambour. This labour of love is a collaboration between two Sunny Coast artists and teachers, Andrew Bryant and Kerry Wilson. 'Affinity' consists of ceramics, drawings, painting, and prints which variously invoke the supernatural, changing landscapes, shifting light, storms and nature.

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Detail from This Incredible Year 2 by Kerry Wilson


Kerry Wilson works in 2D forms with painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her work on display here goes back to three years ago. Kerry says that she zig-zags between suites of work and can return to a series anew years later. Views of Mount Ninderry have inspired many of her prints and drawings in 'Affinity'. Kerry believes that there is a crossover between her and Andrew in that both share an understanding of teaching and a passion for art, hence the affinity between them.

In January, Kerry returned from a residency in Italy and just made it back to Australia before COVID-19 hit and air travel was stopped. Since then she has been working on abstracts, a number of which are exhibited here; looking at the landscape with fresh eyes, and deconstructing the land in an abstract way. COVID-19 means she has worked from home, alternating between teaching and conferencing by Zoom and making art.

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Otherworldly works by Andrew Bryant


For ceramicist Andrew Bryant, 'Affinity' represents transformations and his relationship with nature. His beautiful, intricate, and fragile seeming ceramic spirals illustrate the cycles of nature. The Ouroborous rings and intertwined shapes come from his observation of new things evolving in nature, in society, and in people, both before and after COVID-19.

Andrew wanted to incorporate the infinity symbol into his work, and because the snakes are thrown on a wheel, he forms rings and then combines them. He says that they are hard to make but satisfying because of their scale, and barely fitted into the tallest kilns he could find.

Most of his work at the gallery was completed this year during social distancing.

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Assistant exhibition coordinator Sandy Doble placing the final pieces.


Andrew and Kerry both teach art at Queensland East Coast TAFE.

The volunteer-run Old Ambulance Station Gallery, known fondly as the "Old Ambo" is at 80 Howard Street in Nambour, across the road from Sunshine Plaza. Tram platform works out the front make it look like a building site, but just head on in!

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10AM until 3PM. 'Affinity' runs until November 7.

Visitors will need to sign a contact sheet and maintain social distancing inside.
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Why? Beautiful exhibition of paintings, prints and ceramics
When: Oct - Nov 2020
Where: 80 Howard St, Nambour, 4560
Cost: Free
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