‘Gifted Country’, an exhibition by renowned photographer, John Elliott is on display at the Grassland Art Gallery until November 20.
John Elliott grew up in Blackall, his early work-life included ten years in radio and television. Since 1980 John has been self-employed as a writer, photographer and documentary maker mostly concerned with Australian culture, the bush and music. He has compiled Australia’s most extensive country music photo library. John was Slim Dusty’s preferred photographer for many years and produced the images for 20 of Slim’s album covers.
The exhibition opened on Friday October 11th. John then hosted a workshop on October 12th for seven keen regional photographers.
“Getting great photos doesn’t have a lot to do with the camera you use. It is what you do with what you have that is important.” John Elliott
The front façade of the building references a historical shop that occupied this site in earlier times.
The Gallery is the only Council-supported, purpose-built, climate controlled facility within a 300km radius, extending from Longreach to Roma.
The Grassland Art Gallery has a contemporary cool and inviting exhibition area that has a running space of 40 metres. It has a rotating exhibition program of locally produced and curated displays, regional artists and touring exhibitions. The gallery programming is managed by the Tambo Arts Council in a collaboration with the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer.
The Gallery offers a large community workshop and meeting space that is well equipped for a range of events and activities. The Foyer area provides further display space and has a small shop selling artisan products and giftware. It is the cultural hub that also connects and interacts closely with the historical precinct in presenting Tambo’s rich cultural heritage. A relaxing courtyard connects the Gallery and workshop spaces.