Grace - the Exhibition

06 September 2011

A stunning photographic exhibition exploring the unique relationship between art and sport will be on display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland from 13 September to 10 November 2011.

Grace – the Exhibition was developed by North Queensland’s contemporary dance company Dancenorth and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, and featured side by side images of rugby league action shots imitated by dancers.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the Museum was delighted to be displaying the exhibition.

“Dancenorth are doing groundbreaking work both on and off the stage and it is great to see their work featured in such a creative way within our community,” Mr McLeod said.

“The Museum of Tropical Queensland is committed to building relationships with the local community and Grace – The Exhibition presents a great opportunity to work with Dancenorth.

“With the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys having had a good season there is renewed interest and enthusiasm for the club so there’s no better time to display this unique photographic exhibition,” Mr McLeod said.

Dancenorth Artistic Director Raewyn Hill said the project was about connecting two of her interests, rugby league and dance in an artistic medium.

“For the exhibition, I chose six existing rugby action-shots, taken of members of the North
Queensland Toyota Cowboys team, and replicated the movement with the dancers of Dancenorth,” Ms Hill said.

“From a dance perspective this project is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes that exist around contemporary dance as being a domain of the feminine.

“Likewise, by examining rugby league from an ‘artistic’ standpoint, there is an opportunity to highlight the beauty of movement of individual players, and the intricate interplay between team-mates,” Ms Hill said.

Grace – The Exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland from 13 September - 10 November. The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

Entry to the museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

Media contact:    Mei Nee Cheong     07 4726 0603    0478 304 088

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