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"The Making of Midnight Oil" exhibition opens at Noosa Regional Gallery

Midnight Oil founding member, drummer and songwriter, Rob Hirst officially launched The Making of Midnight Oil exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery on Saturday evening.

Photo: Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst pouring the customary glass of beer on a sticky pub carpet to open The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery. Image: Your Life Photography

In a customary, symbolic welcome that occurs at each venue hosting the exhibition, Rob poured beer on a sticky, vintage, pub carpet, part of “The Antler Room” exhibit.

Guests included founding members of Australian rock band Powderfinger - lead guitarist Ian Haug and bass player John ‘JC’ Collins, esteemed songstress and QLD Music Festival Director, Katie Noonan, along with Rob and Lesley Hirst.

Photo: Rob Hirst and Katie Noonan at the official launch of the Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition. Image: Your Life Photography

Guest artists performed on an authentic Midnight Oil stage complete with original props. 

Photo: Lyndon Davis, performed "Welcome to Country" and entertained guests by sharing his memories of the legendary band and what their songs meant to him and his people. Image: Your Life Photography

Stunning performances by two of Queensland’s current emerging musicians and QMusic Award winners: AYLA and Sahara Beck.

Photo: AYLA  Image: Your Life Photography

Photo: Sahara Beck Image: Your Life Photography

Photo: Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil second from left) with the TURN UP Crew: Singer songwriter Robert Brock, Eloise Gallagher & Katey O'Malley

TURN UP (Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference that brings musicians and industry personnel together to TURN UP, connect, share, network and be inspired)

Mayor Tony Wellington addressed the audience with a warm Noosa welcome, “Noosa Gallery is both lucky and proud to be able to present this fantastic touring exhibition - an exhibition that began its life on Sydney's Northern Beaches.”

“In the late 60s, the foundation was laid for rock music to take over from folk music in speaking directly to the politics of the day.

“This was the firmament that laid the foundations for the conscience-driven, uncompromising rock music that followed. And here in Australia, Midnight Oil became the flag bearer of that tradition.”

Gallery Director, Nina Shadforth added “This is a significant coup for Noosa. We are the only venue in Queensland to be showing this important snapshot of popular Australian rock history, through a meticulously curated exhibition that navigates through Midnight Oil’s oeuvre as well as important political and social issues.”

The exhibition is now showing at the Noosa Regional Gallery through until Sunday 20 November, 2016.

There is an extensive program of events and activities for all ages including after-hours events with rock music industry guests, workshops and free art activities. For more information and bookings, please visit, telephone 5329 6145 or find Noosa Regional Gallery on Facebook.