Jacqueline Joosen is a Port Douglas based abstract painter, who with Douglas Shire Council’s assistance has staged her very first solo exhibition.
The exhibition, with over 100 paintings, opened on July 1 at the Port Douglas Community Hall and is open every day until Sunday July 10.
Jacqueline has been working on the paintings since Covid started, and all are for sale.
“Each piece tells a story of the past few years that we as humans have had to deal with, Covid, floods, fire, drought, and the emotional steps taken as a result of this,” said Jacqueline.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Jacqueline was one of seven applicants to receive funds through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) distributed for this coming financial year.
“RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland”.
“We want to support professional and emerging artists and arts practitioners because art connects communities, and connected communities are more resilient”.
“They are better able to spring back when hard times hit, protect and prepare themselves against global issues,” he said.
Jacqueline, who learnt about the grant through Port Douglas Artists Inc., was very appreciative of the grant.
“I’m really grateful for the funds because staging an exhibition is not cheap”.
“Part of the money has been to purchase foam boards, which I am pleased to say will become a part of the resources at the community hall and are available for all artists to use for future exhibitions”.
“I am hoping this exhibition encourages other artists to use the Community Hall space,” she said.
Solo Exhibition – Jacqueline Joosen
1 July – 10 July 2022, 10am to 4pm
Port Douglas Community Hall, Corner Mowbray and Mudlo Streets, Port Douglas
Jacqueline Joosen is happy to talk to media and may be contacted on 0412 550 488
Learn more about council grants here