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The Port Macquarie Museum has recently opened a new creative exhibition that focuses on bringing selected items from the Museum’s collection to life in the 21st century.  New Journeys Broad Horizons is the work of Port Macquarie art practitioner Lucy Frost. Lucy’s artistic talents extend far beyond the visual arts. She is also an accomplished circus performer, producer, set and costume designer to name but a few of her many creative achievements.

The exhibition concept was inspired by a metal trunk in the Museum’s collection that belonged to Marjorie Fanny Frost. Marjorie Frost taught English in Australia and overseas before travelling the world in her retirement”, says Debbie Sommers, Port Macquarie Museum Curator. “When I first met Lucy and heard her background story, the metal trunk came to mind and the idea for the exhibition evolved from there”. 

Following a series of community art workshops Lucy responded to five items chosen from the collection, including Marjorie Frost’s trunk. Lucy explored process, form, colour, texture and content, and used a range of techniques to develop new works that showcase, reimagine and reinterpret the original items for contemporary audiences. Lucy’s works and the original items are displayed together.

The exhibition was supported by Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program which supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector.

The project funding enabled the Museum to work with a local professional artist on new creative community and audience engagement initiatives. The exhibition runs until the end of October. The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Image credit. Brad Collins

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