Youngest artist opens solo exhibition at the Butter Factory
  • Friday 06 November 2009

The first solo exhibition of works by15-year-old Nambour artist Lauren Edmonds will open at the Cooroy Butter Factory on Friday.

Lauren has created 11 evocative sketches depicting the plight of the homeless for her show entitled Illusions – Beyond the Barbed Wire.

The Sunshine Coast teenager has a strong commitment to social justice, vividly expressed through her art work. As a demonstration of this, Lauren has decided to sell art packs through the exhibition, donating all profits to the Nambour homeless shelter Ozanam House.

“This exhibition represents my personal views on our contemporary society and the way it turns a blind eye to others in our community who feel isolated and alone,” she said.

Often inspired by songs by Pink Floyd and David Bowie, Lauren’s work comes directly from her imagination.

Such is the buzz around her show, Lauren has already sold seven of her 11 ink drawings before they had a chance to be hung on the walls of the Butter Factory.

She has always loved art and has made regular sales and won numerous art awards since the age of 13.

The Heritage Building Society Acquisitive Photographic Award, a Queensland Arts Council touring exhibition, will also open at the Butter Factory Arts Centre on Friday night.

The public is welcome to attend the opening, which also features the music of acclaimed Coast duo Sista Music.