21 April 2023

A new outdoor photography exhibition to launch in Queanbeyan laneway

| Claire Sams
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No Name Lane in Queanbeyan

The colourful No Name Lane in Queanbeyan. Photograph: Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council.

The latest outdoor exhibition set to bring a Queanbeyan laneway to life features an artist from Braidwood.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s place management coordinator Tracey Lamont said the exhibitions were intended to showcase modern Queanbeyan.

“[We wanted to] actually have the ability to tell a more contemporary story as to where Queanbeyan is now via local and regional photographers,” Ms Lamont said.

The second (and latest) exhibition in No Name Lane will be The Outsiders, featuring work from Braidwood artist Frank Lindner.

“It’s always great to have that bit of a local, regional vibe,” Ms Lamont said.

“It fits in with our brief of being able to tell those local stories.”

Mr Lindner previously won the QPRC Acquisitive Art Award in 2022.

“He uses a lot of props, in a theatrical way, to enhance his visual story,” Ms Lamont said.

“There’s about three or four images that are very Queanbeyan and that have a real quirky take on the visual aspect of the city.”

Hilary Wardhaugh was featured in the first exhibition at No Name Lane, which opened once renovations to the laneway were finished in 2022.

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“We were looking at changing over the imagery about twice a year,” Ms Lamont said.

“Hilary’s had been up since October, and we thought, ‘OK, it’s April, it’s autumn, a change of season – let’s have a change of the imagery.”

No Name Lane will also feature a box with an artist statement from Mr Lindner, a short biography and a QR code that people can scan if they are interested in purchasing a print.

“Everything in the laneway is actually for sale,” Ms Lamont said.

The exhibition opens to the public today (21 April) and is expected to run for “four to six months” before it is swapped out for another artist’s work.

“The whole idea behind the concept of No Name Lane is to provide an opportunity to tell a contemporary story for Queanbeyan,” Ms Lamont said.

Council will be running future events in the laneway, the coordinator said, with the goal of bringing more people to the CBD and to support businesses located nearby.

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“The whole idea is to create identity – or to build on the identity of the CBD – and to encourage more people to come down and have a look.”

The renovations to Blacksmiths Lane and No Name Lane, the two pedestrian lanes that branch off Queanbeyan’s main road were carried out with funding from the NSW Government.

Blacksmiths Lane was developed with a more historical focus, while the latter looks towards the future of the city.

The exhibitions will also support artists from the Queanbeyan-Palerang area, Ms Lamont said.

An independent panel will guide council in choosing photographers whose work they may feature in the future exhibitions.

No Name Lane Outdoor Photography Gallery is located at 63 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan.

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