Community, migration and transience captured in new exhibition
  • Friday 23 June 2017
aquilizan, caloundra regional gallery

‘Passing Through: Project Another Country’ an exhibition by husband and wife, Filipino- Australian artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan opened today (June 23) at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

The Aquilizans are renowned throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region for their projects which explore issues of community, migration and transience, reflecting their own nomadic existence. 

‘Passing through: Project another country’ brings together new and recent projects that continue some of the Aquilizan’s recurring themes, as well as their collaborative approach to art making and use of everyday, non-traditional materials, often sourced from the local community.

The exhibition will also include ‘Artwork in a box: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’ an interactive, education program developed by QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.

Visitors to the exhibition, both children and adults, will be able to create their own boat from recycled cardboard, which they can either contribute to a display in the gallery foyer, or take it home as a keepsake.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said this was the exhibition to pop into if you had never been to the gallery.

“Whether you’re a child or fine art lover, the work of these intelligent and delightful artists will capture your heart and mind,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Not only that, the artists, with support from gallery staff, have magically transformed the gallery space to add to this intriguing exploration of what connects us to a place and each other. 

“This Aquilizan exhibition is impressive, fun and a delight and should be on your weekend list of things to do.”


Maker Space

Date:               June 23 – August 13

Time:               During gallery opening hours

Location:         Caloundra Regional Gallery

Details:            A dedicated makers space will be available for all ages to enjoy in conjunction with the exhibition. Wander through the magnificent installations then sit down and reflect about your own personal or dream journey, embrace your inner creativity and make a cardboard boat to keep or add to the display.

Cost:                Free. No bookings required.

School holiday activity: Artwork in a box: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Date:               June 24 – July 9

Time:               During gallery opening hours

Location:         Caloundra Regional Gallery

Details:            Take the children to the gallery's interactive makers space to make a cardboard boat. Let their creativity run wild as they create a boat of their favourite or imagined journey. Children may keep their boat or add it to the display. 

Cost:                Free. No bookings required.

The exhibition will close on Sunday, August 6.

Artwork in a box: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan is a QUT Art Museum touring education program.
This program is a QUT Widening Participation initiative funded by the Australian Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. 

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Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.

Artist’s background:

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 2006, following their participation in the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5), the artists also exhibited in APT3 in 1999. Their work has also been featured in the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, ‘Zones of Contact’, the Singapore Biennale, 2008 and the Venice Biennale, 2003. Their project ‘In-habit: Project Another Country’, exhibited at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney in 2012 and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Japan, travelled to venues throughout regional Queensland and New South Wales between 2013 and 2015.