Highlife Magazine

Chinchilla artists Helen Dennis and Sylvia Secomb ask the question Do You Think Outside the Box? in their exhibition shown at John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery at Dogwood Crossing. With only a short amount of time left before it closes on the 9th of February, it is a must see for any art lover.

The two artists have a unique way of seeing the world and while their art techniques are dissimilar, they use their combined talents to encourage others to ‘think outside the box’. Sylvia’s work looks at the extreme circumstances experienced by asylum seekers from various different angles whilst Helen’s work focuses on the events within her local rural community as the social, cultural and emotional connectedness within the town changes.


Western Downs Council Councillor Carolyn Tillman said that the Council is “pleased to showcase the work of local artists… the exhibition is relevant to our communities as it targets issues of evolving cultural, social, economic and ethical changes, where divergent thinking is a prerequisite for understanding,” she said.

“I strongly encourage everyone to come and see the Outside the Box exhibition before it closes on Tuesday 9 February.”

The Dogwood Crossing Community Exhibition Streets of Your Town is also set to close on the 9th of February. It’s a showcase of community artworks capturing the streets of their town, the town of their childhood, or the town of their dreams.

Words by Maddie Vlismas
Photography supplied by Western Downs Regional Council