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Exhibition of multicultural talents

Daniel Bouwmeester    October 26, 2022    3 min read   

Some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming artists will be sharing their work at a multicultural art exhibition held in Ipswich in early November.

The PAMA Art Exhibition 2022 is being organised by the Philippines-Australia Multicultural Association (PAMA) and will run the weekend of Saturday, November 5, to Monday, November 7, at the Ipswich Community Gallery at D’Arcy Doyle Place, with a special invite-only gala occurring on Friday, November 4.

Springfield’s budding artists of all ages are encouraged to apply to have their work displayed and offered for sale, or simply come along and admire the visual splendour.

Jomar Nieva, President of PAMA and Augustine Heights resident, is excited about the amateur artists who are registering for the inaugural event.

“Having an art exhibition was very much aligned to PAMA’s mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding,” Mr Nieva said.

“Art is a perfect medium as it’s not only an aesthetic interpretation of the artist’s view of the world, but it connects deeply the audience to the artist.

“Art provides a window to the artist’s life as shaped by many experiences including cultural influences.”

Image: Ipswich Art Gallery / Ipswich City Council.

Featured artists include the Philippines’ Rina Tiangco and Ipswich-based Stella Gibbs.

Rina Tiangco has held multiple solo exhibitions in her home country, as well as group exhibitions in Japan. Her preferred medium is expressionism, in a vibrant and kaleidoscopic style, with diverse subjects like nature, landscapes, and festivities.

Rina is also an author and poet, having independently published The Color of Your Smile last year. The book is a collection of her many paintings and poems of family and friends. A cancer survivor, Rina has been resilient and prolific throughout her long career.

Stella Gibbs, born and educated in Toowoomba, has many of her works hanging in collections around the world, including the UK, France, and Canada. Stella’s preferred painting styles are watercolour and pen-and-wash (watercolour with ink outlines), though she has also dabbled in pastel, acrylic, and Chinese brush paintings.

PAMA is a not-for-profit community organisation founded last year by Jomar Nieva, its president, and other community leaders in the region, with the mission and vision to enrich multicultural economic, civic, educational, and cultural life and friendships, and grant Australia’s migrant community increased acceptance, productiveness, unity, and peace.

The event is being supported by the Redbank Plains Community Centre.

The PAMA Art Exhibition is open to the public from November 5 to 7, at the Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich. A special Gala night by invitation only will be held November 4. Dress code is smart casual.

For more details or to register to have your work exhibited, visit www.pamainc.com.au. Please read the terms and conditions of entry before submitting your application.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.