Bluethumb’s First Community Pop-Up Exhibition
Recently, after noticing a discussion in our Facebook Artists’ Group, we invited a group of Bluethumb artists in Queensland to get together and hold an exhibition.
Jamie Brown, the artist who had made the post, was the chief liaison between Bluethumb and the rest of the group, which included Julie Cane, Virginie Senbel-Lynch (Gin Sen), Marta Blaszak-Just, Diz Brown and Laing Rahner.
After noticing the post, we called up Jamie and together created a plan to make it happen as soon as possible, which turned out to be in just six short weeks’ time. Luckily, a space at Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane had become available at just the right time.
“The thought of enabling artists around the country to hold their own exhibitions immediately caught our attention as something that aligns with the Bluethumb mission to connect Australian artists to art-lovers everywhere,” says managing director and co-founder Edward Hartley. “Having artists lead the charge on these smaller, community exhibitions means we can host more of them, more quickly.”
The artists did a wonderful job of organising themselves and presenting the exhibition, with a bit of logistical and financial support from Bluethumb. We also created a Facebook event for the show and created a digital version of the exhibition on Bluethumb in the form of a curation.
“It was a fantastic display,” says Jamie, “the presentation and collections of works from each of the six exhibiting artists was really good and I felt that we all did very well with the amount of time that we had.”
The show had an impressive turn out on opening night and was an opportunity for Jamie and the other artists to connect, as well as build a relationship with the exhibiting gallery.
“It was a great chance to meet fellow artists and interact with the local community. We felt it was a very positive exercise and that it bodes well for the future,” says Jamie. “We’re already thinking about other things that we could do together next year.”
If you’d like to host your own exhibition, get in touch via [email protected]!
Cover image: Martha Blaszak-Just.