Toys tell tales at the Noosa Regional Gallery
Residents of the Noosa Shire and Sunshine Coast have an opportunity to see for the first time toys fragments recovered from the archaeological dig at Mill Point, Lake Cootharaba, the Shire's first European settlement. The toys will be exhibited in Toys Tell Tales, Noosa Regional Gallery which officially opens 6 pm, Saturday 2 December.
University of Queensland Ph. D student and archaeologist Steve Nichols says "The toys are fascinating as they tell the tale of those we do not see when we consider the history of European settlement. They tell the stories of children."
Other toys in the exhibition which features the heritage and well-loved toys of Noosa shire residents include toys from the Noosa Museum, a forth generation wooden rocking horse, wooden jigsaw puzzles and puppets, and pull & push along trolleys and animals.
Playing with Design, toys from the Tasmanian Wood Design Centre will also be on exhibition. The exhibition presents the work of designers from the 1930s to the 1990s from a range of countries including Switzerland, England, Germany and Denmark. Toys range from yachts, handcrafted wooden dolls, miniatures and infant toys to pullalongs and sets of farm animals - all handmade from timber.
Dr Astrid Wootton, General Manager of the Design Centre, Tasmania will open the exhibition while Steve Nichols will talk about the toys discovered during the dig at Mill Point on Saturday, 2 December, 6 pm.
Accompanying the exhibition is a special 'play area' which has toys made by many of the makers profiled in Playing with Design. Children visiting the exhibition can safely play with these toys.
Event: Toys Tell Tales and Playing with Design
Exhibition Dates: 1 December - 21 January 2007
Graphics to the right:
1: Farm animals hand cut and painted wood Dregeno Collective (former East Germany)
2: Elisabeth Pongratz (Germany) articulated wooden doll with hand painted features