GETTING INVOLVED: Robin Thomson, Caroline Bennett, Wendy Kirk and Susie Capewell getting creative at Gayndah Art Gallery.
GETTING INVOLVED: Robin Thomson, Caroline Bennett, Wendy Kirk and Susie Capewell getting creative at Gayndah Art Gallery. Felicity Ripper

'Our future is looking grim': Gallery hangs in the balance

WITH no new members stepping forward to help run Gayndah Art Gallery, its future is hanging in the balance.

Over the past 12 months the gallery has seen its event turnout dwindle, with sometimes only a handful of people supporting the artists who have travelled to exhibit.

"We have been fortunate over these years to keep operating with the same dedicated gallery committee to whom we are very grateful,” Gallery coordinator Susie Capewell said.

"However with no new members or volunteers on the horizon to take an interest in the running of the gallery, our future is looking grim.”

Tonight, March 12, the gallery will hold its annual general meeting.

Mrs Capewell said if residents want to see the gallery into the future, the committee wants their input and any help they can offer in the way of volunteering.

"My biggest concern, and I know I speak for many non for profit organisations, is that our ageing community is not seeing any of our younger generation wanting to volunteer to be apart of these organisations,” she said.

"We don't bite and welcome any fresh and reviving ideas, so we want you on board.

"We are open to any suggestions and advice even if negative to see how we can improve our current situation.”

Mrs Capewell said the gallery has been considered world class.

"Seven years ago we were fortunate to be gifted with an amazing Arts and Cultural Building which includes not only our gallery but an very well equipped art workshop room, a music room and very modern function room,” she said.

"All of which are available for hire for conferences, workshops, special occasions and meetings.”

The AGM will be held at 6pm at the Gayndah Art Gallery.


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