Part of the banquet table by Julya Hegarty
Walking into the Old Ambulance Station Gallery's first show for the year, Banquet by Liminal and Friends
, I was struck by how well laid out the wide variety of art on display is.
The exhibition comprises a large number of works that fill the gallery space. The show ranges from street art inspired spray painted works and installations to ceramics, paintings and digital art.
Liminal and Friends are a talented and enthusiastic collective
is a group of art students who met while studying Visual Arts at the Nambour TAFE. When the opportunity arose they determined to unify their many different art forms into one exhibition.
"The show was three months in the making with lots of help from the local community which has been very supportive," artist Julya Hegarty explains. "The Old Ambo generously donated the gallery space to us and assisted with lighting and pulling together the band for the opening."
A few of the ceramics and street art on display at the opening of Banquet
The opening was well attended with a wide-ranging audience of all ages. As part of the show, there will be workshops and guided walking tours of Nambour. Details may be found on the Old Ambo's Facebook and Instagram pages.
Artist Humble Dumpling says that street art walks are a joyful excuse to take a walk in the evening cool, and enjoy your township through a nocturnal lens.
Street artist Humble Dumpling with his installation, 33
Humble Dumpling likes to engage in the practice of street art while separating himself from the tagging mentality by beautifying the streets. While making art he met the Silver Wizard, who was then studying at TAFE. They met up with other TAFE students at the now defunct Village Pickle, and formed the Liminal group. They have exhibited at Caloundra in 2022 but have a fondness for Nambour and are delighted to have a show here. He believes that the exhibition has spurred him into further acts of creation.
"The title of the exhibition, Banquet, was a joke, he says, but it is also the truth, in that it is a thematic thread to weave between diverse works, which make a rich gumbo of eclectic flavours."
"I think this is something of a golden era for street art in Nambour, with some interesting voices showing up which go beyond aerosol can tagging. I look forward to seeing what comes next in these glorious days for art and music and revelry."
Gallery visitors Jarrah and Karla enjoyed the opening event of Banquet
runs at the Old Ambo at 80 Howard St, Nambour (opposite the Plaza), until February 22. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm. There will be a second opening on the evening of Saturday Feb 11 with new art on display. The artists hope you can join them at the table.