‘Dusty People’ is the brainchild of award-winning local artist Dion Parker. It’s a project which brings together artists, songwriters, illustrators, poets and scribes in a collaborative exhibition celebrating the amazing creative community that has grown around Dust Temple in the last five years. The project includes both the exhibition and an accompanying book.
“The idea for the book came about as a way to bring together [creatives] that became part of the Dust Temple community in some way or another and wouldn’t normally work together,” explains Dion. “It’s a coming together to acknowledge another year of creative genius from the underground of GC art.
“It is also intended as a ‘thank you’ to John and Isla [Wilson, owners of Dust Temple] for all their hard work creating such an amazing venue.”
Poets and songwriters submitted pieces of work which were then visually interpreted by artists, in what promises to be a unique celebration of Gold Coast talent.
“The idea is that the exhibition is an extension of the book,” Dion says. “Each collaboration is framed together, with the poem/lyrics in the same frame as the artwork inspired by them.
“All artworks and poems/lyrics are in both the book and exhibition.”
There are over twenty collaborations between around forty artists within the project and a diverse range of incredible original work on display, making choosing a favourite hard for Dion. However he finally lands on one.
“One of my favourite collaborations is between Karl S Williams and Rebecca Cunningham. Karl’s soulful words have been interpreted into a stunning landscape by Rebecca.”
Other contributors include: Kellie North, Peter Ceredig Evans, Louise Moriarty, Benjamin Wild, Felicity Lawless, Harry Macintosh, Simon McLean, Jade Peterson, Natpop, CRT, and Amy E Roberts.
On the opening night of the exhibition, Dust Temple will be presenting the Dust Temple Artist Award to a local artist whom they feel has contributed to the creative growth of the area in ways unmeasurable.
Opening night of ‘Dusty People’ is Saturday 8 December at – of course – Dust Temple Currumbin. All are welcome. The exhibition runs until Sunday 6 January 2019, and entry is free.
IMAGE: Lamp Photography