ON THE ROAD: Robyn Dower is taking her art installation around Queensland.
ON THE ROAD: Robyn Dower is taking her art installation around Queensland. Barclay White

Robyn’s wonderful work hits the road for regional tour

ART lovers across regional Queensland will have an opportunity to see an expansive art installation by a Tingoora artist. Robyn Dower started working with her sister, Kay, back in 2012 for the work they named A Sense of Wonder.

After years of work, including hundreds of paintings and props, the installation took over Wondai Regional Art Gallery in late-2014.

She thought that was the end of it but, after getting a Regional Arts Development Grant, she is preparing to take it on the road.

"Biloela is the first stop, then it's going to Bundaberg, Gympie, Chinchilla and Tambo," Robyn said.

"The last one will be in September 2017."

She originally started the work as a way for her sister, Kay, to distract herself as she recovered from breast cancer.

The sisters had no idea it would dominate their lives for the next few years.

"I said well just do something crazy," she said.

"It just got bigger and bigger, but it's always been a fun thing to do," she said.

The work about a relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, and how it changes throughout the years.

Robyn was in charge of the art, with Kay penning the story behind the work.

It was no small price, with the entire installation including hundreds or props, letters and artworks that take up an entire gallery.

"I can still read the story and cry, and I know what's happening," Robyn said.

"I'm very excited to see it go out there, it's a big challenge for us to make sure tis well adapted to every place."

The tour starts in Biloela in early April.

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