National Gallery of Australia art exhibition visits Burdekin Library

A pepper grinder inspired by a thorny devil, a brain made out of pencils and a heart-shaped (literally) pill-box are just some of the artistic wonders awaiting discovery at the Burdekin Library.

The objects are part of a new exhibition at the library which showcases the work of Australia’s best designers and offers viewers an amazing experience.

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift is a National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition, which includes three suitcases of objects exploring different themes: myths and rituals; form, space and design; and technology.

Burdekin Shire Council Library Manager John Scott said Burdekin had the ‘blue suitcase’ that follows the theme of technology and showcases the works of six contemporary Australian artists and designers.

“This exhibition provides our community an amazing opportunity to be part of a distinctive art experience,” he said.

“These are valuable museum artworks that have been carefully selected so that they can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences from young children to the elderly.

“The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift has travelled to many schools, libraries, community centres, regional galleries and nursing homes since its development in 1990 and it is a great privilege to be housing the exhibition.”

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift was made possible by the Wolfensohns in 1988 when they generously donated funds to enable the National Gallery of Australia to buy museum quality works of art so that audiences in regional and remote areas could experience art.

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift can be seen at the Burdekin Library until Friday, May 27, 2016.

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