Spark your curiosity at new Caloundra Regional Gallery exhibition
  • Friday 08 February 2019

Brisbane-based artist and musician Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms exhibition opens this Saturday, with the official opening night tonight (Friday February 8) at 5.30-8pm.

The exhibition will light up the Caloundra Regional Gallery, enveloping visitors in a mesmerising experience of light and sound. 

Best known for his use of everyday materials, Manning’s exhibition features sculptures that repurpose ceiling fans, fluorescent tubes, and overhead projectors.

Propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces, Manning’s works engulf the entirety of the spaces in which they exist.

Gallery director Hamish Sawyer said the exhibition was unlike any exhibition the gallery had presented before.

“You have quite a different experience depending on when you visit and there is a lovely interplay of sound and light,” Mr Sawyer said.

“The rainbow reflections on the floors and walls are part of the work as Dissonant Rhythms is multi-sensory and uses the space as a canvas to operate, each space is unique and fills the architecture.”

Spanning the past decade of Manning’s practice, Dissonant Rhythms was originally presented at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and has now been reconfigured to tour across Australia.

Dissonant Rhythms is curated by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, and Madeleine King. 

Get involved in the exhibition and come along to one of the public programs on offer.

Official Exhibition Opening

When: Friday, February 8, 5.30-8pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join us for our exhibition opening - Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms. Exhibition floor talk will be held from 5.45 to 6.15pm, followed by our official opening from 6.30pm. Nibbles provided. Cash bar available. Bookings appreciated.

Book: via the gallery website

Friday3Live: Optical sound performance with Ross Manning

When: Friday, February 15, 6-8pm

Cost: $10

Age: 18+

Description: Join in for an entertaining evening with exhibiting artist Ross Manning. Manning will perform with light sensitive electronics. Aside from his visual art practice, he is an instrument builder and musician. 

Book: via the gallery website

Friday3Live: Optical sound workshop with Ross Manning

When: Friday, March 15, 6-8pm

Cost: $45

Age: 18+

Description: Working hands-on with Ross Manning attendees will learn how to turn light into sound. The light-sensitive audio electronics made at the workshop will be performed in an improvised jam. Manning - aside from his visual art practice - is an instrument builder and musician. He builds a variety of sound-producing objects, drawing upon ideas of rhythm, repetition, oscillation and coloured light as composition.

Book: via the gallery website.

For details on all the exhibitions and workshops held at the gallery visit the gallery website –

You can also follow Caloundra Regional Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.


A travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. Queensland venues are further supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA). Ross Manning is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Image details

Ross Manning, Dichroic Filter Piece (extended projection), 2012–2017, dichroic filters, cut glass, media players, and data projectors. Photography: Tony Nathan. Image courtesy Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.