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May Exhibitions

  • First Coat Studios 6 Laurel Street Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350 Australia (map)

Please join us for the opening celebration of our May Exhibitions featuring the group show 'A Tropical State' & 'MCM Incorporated' installation and performance by Lance Long.

FRIDAY 18 MAY, 7 - 9pm
Cash bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.
8pm - onwards: LIVE MUSIC // Full Flower Moon Band - Toowoomba

Exhibitions are on show from 9th - 26th May, 2018.

‘A Tropical State’ is a group exhibition that celebrates the humble yet iconic pineapple. Almost one hundred Australian artists have contributed responses to a collection of ornamental timber pineapples, gifted by long-time artist and collector Stephen Spurrier. 

The artists in this exhibition have used the supplied retro pineapples as a vehicle for the expression of individual and quintessential experiences of Queensland. Painted onto, carved into, deconstructed and protruding from the pine-shaped bowls, the artists convey personal responses that range from explorations of social histories, weather patterns, representations of native plants and animals, draw upon sexual symbology, childhood recollections and share an experience of place. The responses are as diverse as the State of Queensland itself. 

Curated by Ashleigh Campbell & Grace Dewar.


During the month of May, MCM Incorporated™ is taking over the Project Space. This installation and performance that references 90’s office culture, aims to blur the lines between art and everyday life by exploring a service you can turn to when you’re apprehensive about returning a missed call. Lance Long presents this show as a genuine, if questionable, business venture within the context of an art gallery. Viewers in that space and the public alike can call in to participate and have their missed calls followed up.

A statement from Lance:
“I’m dedicated to an overarching strategy to stimulate innovation. Market research reveals that the typical corporate environment is perceived by consumers as ‘unapproachable’ or ‘untrustworthy’ and our ninetofive slog of ‘93 is no longer efficient. Studies show productivity in the workplace is 98% higher during the hours of 7pm-9pm and the most industrious day of the year is the 18th of May, so we at MGM Incorporated™ will adjust our hours/time period accordingly and will now be situated at Firstcoat Studios in the year 2018… Ok Karen, that’s a wrap. Send it to the eggheads in marketing, I’m off to sushi.”