HARD AT WORK: Judy Brook progging away and working on her collaborative art work at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.
HARD AT WORK: Judy Brook progging away and working on her collaborative art work at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. Madeline Grace

Collaborative art comes to life

AT THE Kingaroy Art Gallery anyone can pop by to contribute to a collaborative art work piece, which will be displayed in various locations around the South Burnett after the Winter Craft Festival.

Art gallery volunteer Judy Brook is a keen progger and has designed an easy to contribute to, nearly two metre long rug.

The rug is set up at the gallery and anyone can stop by to add to this art work.

"What I've designed is a navy rug with many autumn leaves falling down,” she said.

"They're all different colours. To make it fun for anyone who wants to contribute.

"So far we've had a lot of contributors and we're about half way through the rug.”

With this kind of progress, Ms Brook said she hopes they will have finished the rug by the end of July.

"I'm very excited because it's actually going to be showcased around the South Burnett,” she said.

"The plan is to have it up and around for 10 months.

"Then at next years Winter Craft Festival we are going to auction it off on our big opening night.”

Ms Brook said this initiative is the first of its kind at the gallery, and so far it has proven a success.

"It's just here for everyone to have a go,” she said.

"If you come in and are interested I'll sit you down and demonstrate and then leave you to it.”

The art work is also entirely made from recycled fabric collected from the South Burnett.

"I head along to second hand stores and markets to get the recycled fabric,” Ms Brooks said.

"I also get my progging tools locally made. So I know where everything has come from.

"Progging is good because it's quite simple and anyone can do it. It can be quite time consuming though.

"We also have little beginners baskets for keen proggers. So for people who have given it a go here and then decide they're interested. It's a really good one for kids too.”

Ms Brook will be hosting a Easy Proddy Rug Making for Kids workshop these school holidays too.

The workshop costs $10 per child and all materials and tools are supplied. It is on Saturday, July 13 in the 1913 Council Chambers. Bookings are essential.