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Bunbury Regional Art Galleries turns 30

By Kevin Kelly

This Friday, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) celebrates its 30th birthday with a free program of exhibitions, workshops and events for the whole family. This is just one event that showcases Bunbury's creative community. 

A foundation of the Bunbury community

BRAG is a well-known artistic centre in WA's south west. Its five exhibition spaces regularly display both contemporary and traditional art produced by regional artists. BRAG isn't just an icon of Bunbury in an artistic sense, but a physical one too – you can't miss its pink exterior. The building, constructed in the Federation Gothic style, was formerly the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, established by Irish nuns in the late 19th century. 

Party time

From 5 p.m. on Friday February 10, BRAG will be hosting its 30th anniversary celebrations. There'll be musical performances, exhibitions, things to munch on, craft stalls and even a best dressed competition. Awards will be presented for "Finest Fancy Formal Wear", "Best Historical Reference" – we're guessing a few nuns may turn up – and "Craziest Creative Costume". Those with an aptitude for decorating won't want to miss the Great Art Cake Bake Off at 8 p.m., in which entrants recreate their favourite artwork as a cake.

Not into fancy dress or cake creation? Maybe you'll appreciate the wine tasting offered by the Geographe Wine Industry Association, or enjoy having a chat to one of the local artists displaying their crafts. What better gift to give a friend or family member than a locally produced handicraft?

Fostering creativity all year round

The 30th birthday celebrations will be a highlight of BRAG's 2017 calendar, but there's plenty more happening throughout the year. You can catch the wacky "Left After Dark V" exhibition until February 19, which will display artwork created by the less mainstream – street and tattoo artists, musicians and roller derby girls. The Director's Cut exhibition is opening during the birthday celebrations. Continuing until April 2, it will showcase the favourite artworks of BRAG's former directors.

In addition to exhibitions, BRAG regularly hosts workshops and art classes for kids, stimulating their creativity in a range of different art forms.

BRAG's birthday celebrations are a reminder of the diversity and creativity that our community contains and celebrates. This February, there's a whole bunch of other festivals on the events calendar as well. If you're interested in finding out more about what you could get involved in if you move to Bunbury, get in touch with the Ray White Bunbury office.

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