Past Exhibition

'Abstract Distractions'

Puggles Exhibition | 27 August - 23 September 2021

'Escape' by Kate Bilsborough.

The ‘Abstract Distractions’ exhibition opens at the Platypus Gallery this Saturday, showcasing a collection of experimental works by eleven novice artists from the Forbes Shire.

Aptly named the "Puggles", the group were formed earlier this year by Forbes Arts Society member, Coralie Crouch with the intention of encouraging younger members of the Forbes community to pursue creative endeavours.

In recent months, the group has gathered on a casual basis to learn about different methods, techniques and mediums. For many of the participants, the ‘Abstract Distractions’ exhibition is their first opportunity displaying their work publicly.

“The brief was to create abstract work - totally devoid of any reference to reality. They were encouraged to shed any inhibitions and to simply enjoy the act of creating,” Coralie said.

“The biggest achievement of the group was overcoming the fear that their work is not good enough to exhibit. They have produced art works which display experimental use of colour, new techniques for paint application, and above all, confidence.”

The ‘Abstract Distractions’ exhibition will run until 23 September 2021. Artworks available for purchase online. 

The Platypus Gallery regular opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am until 2pm and Saturdays, 9am until 1pm. The Platypus Gallery is currently closed due to the current NSW Covid-19 Public Health Order.

The Platypus Gallery is run by ArtsWeb volunteers, a committee of the Forbes Arts Society.

Exhibition Raffle

Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.

Prize ~ Coralie Crouch ceramic pot & plant. 

Winner drawn Thursday 23 September 2021.

To purchase tickets in the raffle, please email