Two Queensland Women’s Worldly Works

Human Tapestry is an exhibition of spirited new works by two profound, well-travelled Brisbane artists, Sheryl Whimp and Philomena Drake. The multidisciplinary, multicultural exhibition explores the many faces and facades of our big, beautiful world. The Human Tapestry Exhibition opens 21 October to 1 November with opening night on Friday 23  October from 6pm at Percolator Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane.

The title ‘Human Tapestry’ refers to the rich colours, multiple textures, humanfaces and human-made structures recurring throughout the exhibition. Both artists are especially inspired by women of other cultures – their expressions, their traditional clothing and their strength of character. Close friends for over 20 years, Sheryl and Philomena have studied several creative disciplines together and share a great love for travelling. Though undoubtedly individual, with so much shared inspiration their unique works are truly complimentary.

Describing her eclectic works Sheryl Whimp says, “I love to capture the world through photography.  From my photos I create scenes of the architecture, people and the mood of the many countries I explore. My canvases and collograph highlight the colour and movement of women in their daily rhythm of life, while my watercolours express scenes of architecture and atmosphere.  This exhibition will also showcase a selection of my artist books. I have bound and covered these handmade books using beautifully designed paper sourced locally and internationally.

With her earthy style inspired by nature and folk Philomena Drake says, “With my art I honour the many strong women of the world, who throughout history have heroically stood their ground while nurturing their families and communities. The “tono” or round collograph prints of this exhibition are reminiscent of the ancient Etruscan people and their remains found around Chuisi. I am also greatly influenced by the organic shapes and textures of the countryside on my property in the Scenic Rim, which is evident in my collograph prints and the natural materials I use to make my artist books.

The Human Tapestry Exhibition is an extraordinary collection of beautiful new works by two worldly Queensland women. This exhibition promises to be even more popular than their last collaboration “By Two” which almost sold out on opening night. Human Tapestry opens from 21 October, with opening night on Friday 23 October, 6pm, at Percolator Gallery, Paddington.

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Left to right: Philomena Dreake “Tribal Transition” collograph print; Sheryl Whimp “Sapa Girl” oil on canvas; Sheryl Whimp “Rooftop Series” watercolour collage
What: Human Tapestry Exhibition by Sheryl Whimp and Philomena Drake
When: 21 October to 1 November – opening night 23 October from 6pm-8pm.
Where: Percolator Gallery, 134 Latrobe Tce., Paddington
Media Contact: Kelly Timmons
Hear the Art | 0405 105 299 |



Bankrupt Billionaires’ Big Break – Jump on the Bandwagon and Help Make it Pozible!

One of Australia’s most exciting modern soul acts, Brisbane’s Bankrupt Billionaires has launched a Pozible fundraising campaign to help catapult their unique blend of hip hop and soul to the world.

The group was recently accepted into leading music conference MUSEXPO held at Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles this April. With their conference fee paid up and their highly-anticipated follow-up LP recorded and mixed (in the nick of time) they have come up a little short on airfares – so they’re asking their fans to consider pre-purchasing the 12-track album or pledge to redeem other great rewards exclusive to the campaign.

The band and their new manager have arranged meetings with US based managers, record company reps, music lawyers and other industry bigwigs surrounding their conference showcase – and all signs point to incredible new opportunities.

Following in the footsteps of Aus-Soul kin Hiatus Kaiyote and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, who have turned their recent American trips into exceptional success stories, Bankrupt Billionaires are aiming to forge new and exciting pathways for themselves and their catchy, broadly accessible music.

Forming in 2008 the group developed their world-class sound behind soundproof doors before launching their all-star 7-piece live show in 2011 and going on to support international acts like Chali 2na and Oddisee and play jam-packed local and interstate headline shows.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the group and their fans. Jump on the bandwagon, give it a good push, and enjoy exclusive rewards and access to the band’s exciting journey ahead.

Bankrupt Billionaires crowd-funding campaign is online now at

Kelly Timmons

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