THE Ipswich Galvanized Festival is the city’s festival of heritage, highlighting the best experiences and events Ipswich has to offer across 11 days from today through to September 10.
You will be transported back in time by visiting iconic venues and historic sites and participating in open days, tours, demonstrations and workshops.
There will be photography workshops, steam punk jewellery workshop, textiles, art and even blacksmithing exhibitions just to name a few.
During this event there will be so many opportunities to get involved in traditional crafts and trades and in some cases get hands on in creating your own works of art. Here is my pick of the events on offer that are most cost friendly, art related and will be most entertaining, fun and even a bit educational.
Ipswich Quilt and Craft Display a winner
From today (Thursday) until Sunday the 3rd you are invited to come and see a magnificent display of quilts, lacemaking, tatting, spinning and weaving and various other crafts as you wander through the oldest Anglican Church in Queensland.
You will be able to enjoy the sound of the restored pipe organ being played at various times during the display.
There will even be bargains to be picked up at the craft stall and a second hand book stall.
After viewing the stunning quilt display you can refresh while you enjoy morning tea and lunch on the veranda of the office complex or in the beautiful gardens of the church grounds.
On Friday, September 1 until Sunday the Ipswich Threads exhibition begins the celebrations of the city’s woollen textile manufacturing heritage.
Ipswich was the centre of this Queensland industry from its beginnings in 1874 to its final closure in 1994.
International Rhode Island artist, Deborah Baronas is curating this exhibition at the Firestation 101.
Ipswich Threads is a preview of the mill exhibition to come in 2024, a mix of multimedia, poetry and fibre arts.
Art In Action at Old Courthouse
Artsconnect Ipswich and the Ipswich Art Society have come together to put on two days (Sept 9-10) of workshops and entertainment between 9am and 2pm.
The public can join in for free still life and life drawing sessions while being entertained by local performers including Music by Molly, Susie and Friends and the Ipswich Minor Chords.
As the venue will be the Old Courthouse they will be creating an ambience special to the historical mood with models for life drawing dressed in period costume and the still life compositions using antique and period items.
Materials such as paper, pens and paint will be provided free for everyone to use.
For further details, costs dates and times of all Galvanised Festival events go to the Ipswich City Council Website.