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Feb 152015
 
Brock Templeman

Brock painting the walls in the Sustainability Centre in preparation for the “In Their Hands” art show.

The environment, volunteering and art wonderfully combine when it comes to the multi-skilled Brock Templeman.

Brock is an artist and a volunteer for Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C). He’s one of the artists who will have work showcased and for sale on Saturday 7th March at the “In Their Hands” art show.

Visitors to the B4C Sustainability Centre at Carindale can instantly see Brock’s influence around the building and gardens – from the practical and functional to the aesthetically pleasing. The sculpture next to the water feature and his work on the chookhouse are just some of the ways he leaves his much appreciated mark on the centre.

Brock retired a few years early from a cabinetmaking business in 2008.

“After a few months of doing odd jobs for the family I found B4C on a volunteering website,” Brock says.

“They were handy to where I live and my interest in gardening and the environment got me involved.”

The Beach by Brock Templeman

‘The Beach’ by Brock Templeman. One of two pieces by Brock which will be on show and for sale.

This is his 7th year at B4C.

“I enjoy doing woodworking tasks when they come along, but I am happy to be kept busy with any job.”

B4C catchment manager Wayne Cameron praised the role that Brock plays at the centre. He says Brock’s carpentry and joinery skills have helped develop the community facilities there.

“Excellent chicken pens top of his work and his loyalty is second to none,” Wayne says.

“In my next life I want to be as capable as Brock and make things and fix things.”

Brock’s interest in art started when he was a little boy.

“My mother was a better than average watercolourist and encouraged me to draw,” Brock says.

During his working life he lacked the time to pursue art. But following retirement he has taken it up as a hobby.

“My son also embraced art from an early age but, unlike me, he has followed his dream and has created many significant sculptural works around Brisbane and elsewhere.”

“I have always been inspired by the classics of Maillol and Rodin but also admire modern art. Modigliani is my favourite painter.”

Brock will have two beautiful sculptures on show (and for sale) at the “In Their Hands” art show.

EVENT DETAILS
What: “In Their Hands” art show – over 40 artists – one night only!
When: Saturday 7th. 6pm, viewing from 1pm
Where: Sustainability Centre, cnr Old Cleveland Rd & Wright St, Carindale

From the sale of artworks, 80% goes direct to the artist and 20% goes direct to the Bulimba Creek Catchment Environmental Fund.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

  2 Responses to “Brock, his beauties and B4C”

  1. Editor Genevieve Robey has “captured” Brock Templeman the artist in this well compiled article. It will be great to see his sculptures in the flesh, or the wood maybe. Genevieve has wonderfully organised an exciting art event and I would like to invite everyone to attend. This is a chance to cross-pollinate our community, so you don’t have to be an art buff to turn up, enjoy yourself, and, if you feel the urge, purchase a unique and original work of art. Part of the proceeds go to the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund – which in turn empowers the community to become active, informed and enthused by the environment we all love and seek to improve for future generations. Thanks Genevieve for your generosity and dedication in going the extra yard for this coming unique community experience.

    • Thanks for your wonderful comment Wayne. I’m sure people will think I paid you for that! But while we’re at it, let me thank YOU and other B4C crew for being so supportive of and helpful to the event.

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