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New Gallery Director Appointed Amidst High Praise and Expectations

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Ingrid Hedgcock has been appointed the new Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre. Ingrid is pictured here with an artwork by Fred Jessup, part of the Gallery's collection.

New Gallery Director Appointed Amidst High Praise and Expectations

 

Tweed Regional Gallery Anticipates Thriving Future with New Director.

Tweed Shire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Hedgcock as the new Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

In a culmination of an intense and competitive selection process, Ms. Hedgcock emerges as the newly appointed Gallery Director, bringing with her over 25 years of extensive experience in the arts sector. Her diverse career spans across leadership and curation in the regional arts sphere, marking her as a pivotal figure in the cultural landscape.

Ms. Hedgcock’s journey into the arts commenced in 1995, serving as a gallery assistant at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney. This pivotal role sparked her enduring fascination with preserving artist home studio recreations, igniting a passion that led her deeper into the industry.

Notably, she assumed the mantle of Curator at the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) upon its inception in 2014, orchestrating a series of 20 exhibitions that delved into the life, art, and legacy of acclaimed Australian artist Margaret Olley. Her instrumental role in steering the Centre’s creative direction catapulted her to the position of Manager of Collections at the Gallery, overseeing the care and evolution of the collection, establishing its significance within the Tweed community.

Ingrid Hedgcock has been appointed the new Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre. Ingrid is pictured here with an artwork by Fred Jessup, part of the Gallery's collection.

Ingrid Hedgcock has been appointed the new Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre. Ingrid is pictured here with an artwork by Fred Jessup, part of the Gallery’s collection.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new role, Ms. Hedgcock conveyed, “Having been part of the Gallery team since 2014 as a curator, I am thrilled to now step into the role of Director. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with our exceptional staff, volunteers, and supporting organisations in this expanded capacity.”

Council’s Director of Sustainable Communities & Environment, Naomi Searle, expressed her excitement in welcoming Ms. Hedgcock, emphasising her admiration for Ingrid’s fervor and dynamism in her previous position. “Ingrid’s profound curatorial expertise and esteemed leadership qualities position her to build upon the remarkable success of this esteemed cultural institution,” Ms. Searle remarked.

Confident in Hedgcock’s capabilities, Searle conveyed, “We are assured that Ingrid will continue to enhance the Gallery’s reputation. I am eagerly anticipating the evolution of her vision for the centre and wish her every success in this new endeavour.”

Acknowledging the departing Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, for her steadfast dedication and professionalism during her 16-year tenure, Ms. Searle conveyed her gratitude. Ms. Muddiman stepped down as Director in November to embark on a new leadership role at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast.

 

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Knotfest Roars Back to Brisbane

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Knotfest Roars Back to Brisbane

 

Get ready to unleash your inner headbanger, Brisbane! Knotfest, the electrifying festival celebrating all things heavy, is returning to the Sunshine State in 2024, bigger and fiercer than ever before. Mark your calendars for March 24th, because the Brisbane Showgrounds is about to transform into a mecca of sonic brutality and artistic expression.

This year’s edition promises an unforgettable experience, headlined by none other than the legendary Pantera. Reunited after two decades, the iconic metal giants are sure to set the stage ablaze with their genre-defining riffs and raw energy. Sharing the top billing is the multi-platinum act Disturbed, whose anthemic choruses and David Draiman’s signature vocals will guarantee an epic singalong.

But the carnage doesn’t stop there. The stacked lineup boasts a diverse range of heavy hitters, catering to every metalhead’s preference. Thrash masters Lamb of God will deliver their signature mosh pit anthems, while the powerful vocals of Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale will pierce through the air. International acts like The Hu and Asking Alexandria add a global flavor to the mix, alongside Aussie favorites like Thy Art Is Murder and Escape The Fate.

Knotfest Lineup

Knotfest Lineup

Knotfest is more than just music, it’s an immersive experience. Prepare to be captivated by the revamped KNOTFEST Museum, showcasing 25 years of Slipknot’s iconic memorabilia. Wander through art installations, fuel your fire with delicious food and drinks, and lose yourself in the electrifying atmosphere.

This year also marks the debut of the Sound and Fury Stage, a platform dedicated to showcasing the underground’s finest. Catch the likes of Harms Way, Chat Pile, Full of Hell, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, and Weekend Nachos tearing up the stage with their raw, experimental sounds.

Whether you’re a seasoned metal veteran or a curious newcomer, Knotfest offers something for everyone. This isn’t just a concert; it’s a celebration of community, passion, and the power of heavy music. So, grab your tickets, unleash your inner beast, and prepare for an unforgettable day of sonic immersion at Knotfest Brisbane 2024.

DETAILS:

  • Date: March 24th, 2024
  • Location: Brisbane Showgrounds
  • Headliners: Pantera, Disturbed
  • Lineup: Lamb of God, Halestorm, The Hu, Asking Alexandria, Wage War, Thy Art Is Murder, Escape The Fate, Skindred, Speed, Windwaker, Brand of Sacrifice, King Parrot
  • Additional attractions: KNOTFEST Museum, Sound and Fury Stage, art installations, food and beverage vendors
  • Tickets: www.knotfest.com

 

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James and the Giant Peach on March 30 to April 7 at QPAC

James and the Giant Peach

March 30 to April 7 at QPAC

 

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Shake & Stir Theatre Co. are set to enchant audiences with their production of “James and the Giant Peach.” This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel is scheduled to captivate viewers from March 30 to April 7, 2024.

The story follows the adventures of young James, who finds himself on a fantastical journey with a group of giant insect friends aboard an enormous peach. This theatrical rendition is designed to delight and mesmerise audiences of all ages, specifically recommended for those aged 5 and up. The production aims to bring Dahl’s imaginative world to life, showcasing themes of friendship, courage, and the magic of discovery.

James and the Giant Peach stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of Dahl’s storytelling, combining elements of whimsy and wonder with life lessons about the importance of companionship and resilience.

QPAC and Shake & Stir Theatre Co.’s collaboration promises an engaging and visually stunning interpretation, incorporating innovative stagecraft, puppetry, and music to fully immerse the audience in James’s extraordinary escapade.

James and the Giant Peach on March 30 to April 7 at QPAC

James and the Giant Peach on March 30 to April 7 at QPAC

As the play unfolds, viewers will be transported from the dreary, lonely life James leads with his two cruel aunts, to a vibrant, surreal world filled with talking insects, including a wise old Grasshopper, a pessimistic Earthworm, and a motherly Ladybug. This journey is not just a physical one but also a metaphorical exploration of growth, self-discovery, and the realisation that family can be found in the most unexpected places.

This production is an invitation to both young and old to experience the magic of live theatre and the power of storytelling. It offers a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a shared cultural experience that sparks the imagination and kindles a love for reading and the arts.

For more information on how to join James on his giant peach adventure, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official QPAC website.

 

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DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

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DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

 

The acclaimed artist announces a 2024 summer tour in support of his new album

Daniel Champagne lives and breathes live music. Playing upwards of 250 shows a year, he is passionate about spreading it around the the world and on the back of an action-packed 2023 traversing the globe to rave reviews, he will bring his tour back home for a string of NSW, VIC & QLD shows with a brand new album The Pursuit.

Growing up in the Bega Valley, on the Far South Coast of New South Wales, the story goes that the young singer-songwriter and one of a kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a 5-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing wherever he could, honing his craft and developing the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18, he finished school, turned professional and hit the road without looking back.

The following 15 years have seen him independently release 7 studio albums, tour relentlessly around the globe, play some of the biggest festivals under the sun and share stages with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, INXS, John Butler, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

The acclaimed artist announces a 2024 summer tour in support of his new album.

He has been described as “the finest guitar player of this generation,” “a leading light in acoustic music” and “a performer that must be seen to be believed” and from January to March 2024, music lovers in NSW, VIC and QLD will be treated to and intimate live experience not to be missed!

DETAILS:

  • When – 23 February at 7pm
  • Where – Brunswick Picture House
  • Price – from $35
  • Tickets: here.

 

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