Emilia Cilento enjoys checking out this cane creation.
Emilia Cilento enjoys checking out this cane creation.

Gatakers Artspace prepares to open

DRAGON dancing, paper lantern making and Japanese drumming will bring alive Maryborough’s Wharf Street every weekend until the much-anticipated Gatakers Artspace is opened at the end of the month.

Internationally acclaimed multi-media artist Moto Niwa is holding free workshops on the next three Saturdays in the hope of generating even more interest in the art space.

This Saturday and on Saturday, March 20, Mr Niwa will be teaching visual arts and drumming from 10am to 3.30pm in the band hall on Wharf Street. On March 13, the workshop will be in the Brolga Theatre’s band room from 10am to 1pm and at the Bond Store Museum in the afternoon.

Fraser Coast Regional Council arts and culture officer Trevor Spohr says Mr Niwa is an experienced sculptor, making creations from red long cane.

He is also a very talented musician, having played the Japanese taiko drums for 37 years, and is skilled in martial arts.

Mr Spohr is encouraging everyone interested in art to make the most of Mr Niwa’s visits by attending the workshops.

Gatakers Artspace, in between Wharf and Kent streets, will be officially launched on March 26.

Artwork produced during the workshops will be exhibited.

Doing the opening honours will be South Australian-based artist Garry Duncan who has held exhibitions right across the country as well as internationally.

The $1.5 million Gatakers Artspace has been funded by the council in conjunction with the State Government and Gatakers Body Corporate members.

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