CONDY CREATES: Young artists Corey Wood, 4, Mitchell Nissen, 4, Imogen Wilson, 4, and Maggie Doyle, 3, among the children’s work at the Condy Park Kindy exhibition in the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.
CONDY CREATES: Young artists Corey Wood, 4, Mitchell Nissen, 4, Imogen Wilson, 4, and Maggie Doyle, 3, among the children’s work at the Condy Park Kindy exhibition in the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Alistair Brightman

Condy Creates exhibition at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

ART aficionados rejoice, the annual Condy Creates exhibition is up and running at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

Around 140 pieces of children's artwork submitted by Condy Park Kindergarten are now on display until June 21.

Director and senior teacher Kathryn Forgan-Slynn said the artwork created by this year's cohort of children was something to be proud of.

"We talked to the children about selecting a piece they wanted to showcase in the gallery," she said.

"A number of them are photos of work or patterning they've done, and one particular piece, a driftwood tepee, is an ongoing creation from last year.

"When you walk in there, there's something special about the children's artwork because it is so bright and happy," she said.

Whilst a variety of people helped the children to form ideas on how to create art, much of the artistic inspiration was inherent already within the children themselves.

"Creativity comes from within each child and we allow them to have a choice in how they use the materials," Ms Forgan-Slynn said.

Condy Creates is an annual exhibition which celebrates the inner creativity of Condy Park Kindergarten pupils. Sustainability is encouraged through the use of art materials that are either repurposed or natural.

To understand the children's artwork, Ms Forgan-Slynn said viewers should consider the individual effort and group collaboration gone into each piece.

Palette experimentation and the selection of different tools to produce form and line effects were aspects to be appreciated in the children's art. Importantly, getting some pieces to stay together proved the hardest task.

"A number of pieces have required problem solving and negotiation just to get to work done. Sticky tape holds kindy together," she said.

The exhibition's formal opening will be held at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on Friday May 15 at 6pm.

The kindy artists and their families, and the general public are invited to attend.



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