Fig Tree Galleries launches with Latitude 23 group exhibition

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Fig Tree Galleries by Livingstone Shire Council

A collective of Central Queensland artists are the first on show at Yeppoon’s newly opened Fig Tree Galleries.

The lush new space replaces the former Mill Gallery in Normanby Street near the town hall, and Latitude 23 are taking over with their self-titled exhibition until the end of September.

This is Latitude 23 features work by twelve dynamic and diversely talented artists from across the Rockhampton and Livingstone regions.  They’re exploring their connection to the local area – Latitude 23, aka the Tropic of Capricorn.

The $1.3 million Mill Gallery Expansion project was funded by the state government in association with Livingstone Shire Council.  As well as exhibition space, the new venue has a workshop and gift shop occupied by the artists from Paint Pot Gallery.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Andy Ireland said the completion of the project marked a significant milestone for arts and culture across the Shire.

“The former gallery space played an important role in nurturing the creativity of countless talented individuals, and we look forward to seeing this new building welcome and foster the arts community’s abilities now and into the future,” Mayor Ireland said.

“The expansion will also enhance the visibility and viability of the local arts community — hosting more local and touring art exhibitions and providing a fresh, contemporary and higher profile arts presence to the community and visitors.”

Artist and President of Latitude 23 Nanette Balchin says galleries invigorate communities.

“Artists, performers, writers, all provide experiences that people seek to enjoy and participate in and in doing so, they add to the wellbeing, vibrancy, and liveability of our community.

“I feel that there is a sense of pride in our local artists, especially since Covid has reminded us all of the importance of connecting with others and expressing ourselves.”

This is Latitude 23 is on show Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-2pm until Sunday 26 September, 2021.

It will be followed by the Creative Generations Excellence in Visual Arts Awards in October, showcasing work by high school students, and Lyn Ahmat’s solo exhibition Light on Landscape in November.

Expressions of Interest to exhibit in 2022 will open later this year.