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Darryn Campbell’s ‘Ships of Light’ reaches its penultimate chapter

22 November 2016

Local artist Darryn Campbell has returned to Dogwood Crossing, Miles, with his fourth instalment of his ‘Ships of Light’ series, a m a r n a whitestar — ARRIVAL, which will reach its historic and artistic peak this Saturday with an Ancient Egyptian ‘funeral procession’ in Miles.

  • Parallel to the 70-day journey of brightest star in the Earth’s sky, Sirius, Ancient Egyptians ritualistically mourned and prepared their dead. As Campbell’s exhibition reaches its end, so too does it reach the end of mourning;
  • Originally intended to focus on the origins of the ‘amarna’ story, ARRIVAL took a dramatic turn, and now focuses on the conclusion of life’s journey through a 70-day ritual;
  • ‘Day 70’ will mark the beginning of the ‘funeral procession’, where the sarcophagus (escorted by the god of the underworld) will be placed in the tomb;
  • The procession will be held this Saturday 26 November, from 12pm, from Miles ANZAC Park to Dogwood Crossing, Miles, where the sarcophagus will come to rest in the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery for the final two weeks of the exhibition; and
  • All are welcome to attend and ‘pay their respects’.

    Local artist Darryn Campbell, pictured with his mother Gerda Campbell, promises to deliver a unique sight for our local communities when a procession featuring an authentic-looking Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus makes its way this Saturday from Miles ANZAC Park to Dogwood Crossing, Miles where the sarcophagus will finally rest in its tomb in the John Mullins Memorial Gallery for the last two weeks of the exhibition.

    Local artist Darryn Campbell, pictured with his mother Gerda Campbell, promises to deliver a unique sight for our local communities when a procession featuring an authentic-looking Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus makes its way this Saturday from Miles ANZAC Park to Dogwood Crossing, Miles where the sarcophagus will finally rest in its tomb in the John Mullins Memorial Gallery for the last two weeks of the exhibition.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire urges all to attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“I strongly encourage not only lovers of art and history, but all of our communities, to participate in an exhibition of this calibre. This will be both a unique and memorable sight for our region, and is not something commonplace outside of the city”, she said.

“Art and culture is incredibly important within our region, and the only way to truly experience it is to participate in it.”

This exhibition is on display in the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles weekdays from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 10am to 4pm, until Tuesday 13 December.

For further information about the exhibition, please contact Dogwood Crossing, Miles on 07 4679 4430, or visit their website.

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Media Contact:
Cr Kaye Maguire | Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development | 0475 007 555