I love the thrill of the unknown – what will that strange whirlwind of time and chance bring me this month to fill the pages of Brisbane Circle? Who will I meet and what will they tell me?
Then Suzanne Goodchild rang the office to place an ad in Brisbane Circle for The Henderson Gallery, in Earnest Street South Brisbane. The text she sent said the owners of the new gallery were – a practising artist and Wiradjuri, Robert Henderson – corporate renegade Suzanne Goodchild – and lifer and practicing artist – Wayne Weaver.
Wow, Dear Reader, I had to know more. We needed extra photos for the ad so, with my trusty camera, I popped over the take a look. The Henderson Gallery was much more than just an art gallery. It was a whole building with many rooms designed for many activities. There was a snazzy coffee shop with great coffee and an ambiance of community.
I met Suzanne Goodchild, an agent of change and dynamic business woman, who had put her motivational speaker and corporate strategist business on the back-burner whilst she established the Gallery.
Wayne Weaver was absent but I later learnt he was sent to prison in 1984 and spent his time developing his own art as well as encouraging the artistic talent of his fellow inmates by using art as therapy.
Armed with a BA in Fine Arts he has been teaching art since the early days of his lengthy incarceration.
Following his parole in January 2000, he worked with troubled young people in a counselling and mentoring role.
Wayne’s work is unique. A curator from the Louvre in Paris tried to paint him as a surrealist painter … a tag he has resisted ever since. Wayne’s current work is curated at The Henderson Gallery where he teaches and develops young, emerging and First Nations artists.
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