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A Place Based Contemporary Art Festival
1-18 August, North Queensland, Australia
Gurambilbarra Townsville

Saturday 3 August - Sunday 4 August 9am - 4pm

A Constructed World

PUNQ Art fair

Over the first weekend of PUNQ festival, A Constructed World will take over the old Bank of New South Wales building, a heritage-listed building at 337–343 Flinders Street being built back in 1887.

Gurambillbarra / Townsville based artists will take over and create offerings that include art installations and works for sale. The rooms provided to the artists are part of a larger maze-like installation inside the building created by local artists, Jan Hynes and Candace Miles.

About The Artist

Jan Hynes was born in 1944 in Western Australia. She lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and England before settling in Meanjin / Brisbane where she gained a Bachelor of Arts (painting) and began her career as an artist. Moving to Gurambilbarra / Townsville in 1996, Hynes studied for a Master of Creative Arts. In 2003 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery exhibited Hynesight. Five years later the PTRG exhibited The Strand of Hynesight inspired by The Strand in Gurambilbarra / Townsville.

In 2013, a collaborative exhibition with Alan Valentine titled Work in Progress was shown at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Hynes’s paintings documented the political correctness and safety awareness that had developed, especially for road workers. Umbrella later exhibited Hot Dogs, a series of dogs made from pine logs and re-purposed timber. A collaborative installation with Robyn Bogdanis was commissioned by Umbrella for Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) Festival in 2021. The site-specific work on the Forts Trail on Yunbenun / Magnetic Island referred to the mythical drop bears of Australian folk legend. Hynes has been a consistent contributor to Townsville City Galleries’ Strand Ephemera (now renamed Ephemera: Seaside Sculptures) from its origins in 2001 to 2019. Hynes has also participated in Townsville City Galleries’ The Percival Portrait Prize each iteration. Hynes’s work has been collected by Artbank and several regional Queensland galleries including nineteen works in the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery collection.

Candace Miles was born in South Queensland in 1952. Candace had a creative urge from an early age. Living in various towns along the Eastern coast, including Yuwi Country / Mackay and Waibene / Thursday Is, where she developed an interest in the patterns and forms of reef spaces and the myriad marine creatures within – both sea and shore, through her many experiences. Nature's motifs are predominant in her work. Moving back to Gurambilbarra / Townsville, Candace formalised her artistic path by gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) majoring in sculpture at JCU - winning the University Medal in 1999. Securing a Commonwealth Scholarship, she then gained her PhD in Creative Arts in 2008.

Candace is a multimedia artist, comfortable with a multitude of 2D, digital and 3D mediums. She has been represented in many collaborative exhibitions in Gurambilbarra / Townsville and around Queensland. Her main solo shows were A Touch of Seeing, a Scent of Sound (1999); Milestones & Magnitudes – Squaring the 5 – Umbrella Studios 2006. Candace has held many sculpture workshops and taught sculpture techniques at JCU and TAFE. She has been short listed for public art works and contributed multiple works in Gurambilbarra / Townsville’s Strand Ephemera biennial seaside sculptural festivals - winning People’s Choice Award in the inaugural 2001 show. Candace is represented in collections, including Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and in commissions in Queensland, Warrane / Sydney and Lutruwita / Tasmania.

Location Details

The old Bank of New South Wales building (across from Townsville Bulletin Square and Cowboys Leagues Club): 337–343 Flinders Street, Gurambilbarra / Townsville, QLD Australia 4810.

View the interactive PUNQ Art Trail Map for directions.

Venue Accessibility
  • Wheelchair access via Stokes street entrance.
  • There are wheelchair accessible toilets nearby in Townsville Bulletin Square: 340 Flinders Street, Townsville Bulletin Square, Gurambilbarra / Townsville Queensland 4810.
Pricing

This is a free event.

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PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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PUNQ is produced by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Townsville City Council is a funding partner of PUNQ.