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‘People Like Us’ exhibition breaks records

24 August 2018

Kimberley Lingard listens to a purring cat portrait, the work of Su-Mei Tse, titled ‘Son pour Insomniaques’ (2007).

The People Like Us exhibition, held recently at the Dogwood Crossing, Miles Art Gallery has received record-breaking attendance numbers, with nearly 1400 visitors.

Western Downs Regional Council Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said that People Like Us was an innovative and interactive exhibition, using modern interactive artforms which engaged the community’s interest.

“The exhibition explored the new media genre such as digital film and audio, so it’s not something that galleries usually present,” she said.

“The exhibition curator, UNSW Galleries Director Felicity Fenner deliberately chose new artworks from both International and Australian artists that captured universal aspects of everyday people, in a way that viewers could relate to.

“It was very rewarding for a Gallery in a small country town to have such a cutting-edge technological exhibition, embraced so positively by both the local community and the travelling public.

“Artists and curators are attracted to the excellent gallery facilities that the Western Downs Regional Council provide in our communities, which include climate control, industry standard lights and hanging systems.”

Some of the quirkier exhibitions included audibly purring cat portraits; a virtual bike ride through Sydney where the participant literally pedalled a stationary bike; the portrayal of a robotic surgical procedure; and a video of a mechanic patiently dismantling and rebuilding a racing car.

“Judging from the reaction of visitors it was clear that these exhibits were able to really connect, with everyday people doing everyday things,” she said.

The exhibition ran from 25 May until 16 July 2018.

The current exhibition at Dogwood Crossing is called Looking Forward, Looking Back and is linked to the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

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