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Do you think ‘Outside the Box’?

11 January 2016

Chinchilla artists Sylvia Secomb and Helen Dennis enjoying their exhibition Outside the Box

Chinchilla artists Sylvia Secomb and Helen Dennis enjoying their exhibition Outside the Box

There is only a short time left to see the creative talents of Chinchilla artists Helen Dennis and Sylvia Secomb at the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery at Dogwood Crossing, Miles in their exhibition Outside the Box, which is set to close on Tuesday, 9 February 2016.

  • Sylvia’s work examines  the plight of asylum seekers by looking at the issue from various angles such as events, scandals and children in detention centres;
  • Helen’s work primarily investigates the events of the last few years within her local rural community, exploring the changes on the social, cultural, and emotional interconnectedness of small rural communities affected by the resource boom;

    A post in Miles by Mike Ranking, 2015

    A post in Miles by Mike Ranking, 2015

  • Also showing on the Curved Wall until Tuesday 9 February is the Dogwood Crossing Community Exhibition Streets of Your Town, with artworks created by members of the community capturing the streets of their town, the town of their childhood, or the town of their dreams.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said Sylvia and Helen have differing techniques in their artworks but share a common artistic approach of ‘thinking outside the box’ creatively, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.

“Council is pleased to showcase the work of local artists and the exhibition is relevant to our communities as it targets issues of evolving cultural, social, economic and ethical changes, where divergent thinking is a prerequisite for understanding,” she said.

“Both artists invite the viewer to join them in seeing the world from a different perspective than they already have and become ‘outside the box’ thinkers.

“I strongly encourage everyone to come and see the Outside the Box exhibition before it closes on Tuesday 9 February.”

For further information on the Outside the Box and Streets of Your Town exhibitions contact Dogwood Crossing, Miles on 4628 5330 or visit

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