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Four exhibitions opening at Gatakers Artspace

9 January 2020

Susie Hansen

Gatakers Artspace is pleased to present the works of three noted artists and a photographer in four exhibitions starting this week and running until Sunday, 2 February. 

Fraser Coast Councillor David Lewis said visitors would see a wide variety of works by Maryborough’s Susie Hansen and Jenny Beck, the Sunshine Coast’s Ute Grigull and Welsh-born Derek Morgan.

“Hansen’s exhibition, titled Thirty Years in the Making sends the viewer on a journey of her life through the development of techniques in clay and drawings in mixed media,” Cr Lewis said.  

“Having recently returned to the Wide Bay after decades of metropolitan life, she is excited to show some of her best works over 14 solo and 60 group exhibitions around Australia and overseas.

“Her work also features in the collections of The Queensland Art Gallery, The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, The RMIT collection and the Shepparton Art Gallery.”

Hansen is one of eight children of Moira and Brendan Hansen OAM, former Federal Member for Wide Bay and State Member for Maryborough. 

The Old Flour Mill exhibition by Jenny Beck features before and after photographs of the demolition process of Maryborough’s old flour mill in Kent Street. Built in 1890 for the Maryborough Milling Company, it was the most northerly flour mill in Australia at the time.

In Exploring the Unknown, Ute Grigull discovers what happens when moving to new lands and foreign cultures with everything familiar left behind. Grigull’s images describe the tale of her own journey as she faced that challenge. She has developed a mostly abstract technique in which an image’s conception could be traced and followed throughout its creative process. 

Derek Morgan’s wife has kindly loaned his drawings and sculptures for the exhibition titled A Retrospective – Derek Morgan. Born in Wales in 1939, Morgan studied sculpture in Darwin and fine arts in Tasmania. As well as a sculptor and drawer, he was a passionate and committed teacher, dedicated to the public awareness of sculpture and arts in general.