FROM James Bond to ballet dancers to artists and performers of all persuasions, Queanbeyan immortalised some of its leading cultural lights this week with the official opening of a new Cultural Honours Gallery in the foyer of The Q.
Twenty Queanbeyan residents past and present who have made a significant contribution to culture and the arts now have their portraits proudly displayed in the town's cultural hub, along with a small biography of their achievements.
Mayor Tim Overall launched the gallery on Tuesday night, and said recognition for Queanbeyan artists and cultural lights was "well overdue."
"This is very significant, not because it's our 175th birthday on Saturday, but because we haven't given due recognition to our cultural heroes," he said.
"We relish and talk about all our sporting champions in our sporting hall of fame. We have 110 names in our sporting hall of fame ... so the Queanbeyan Cultural Gallery is well overdue."
Names like Queanbeyan's own James Bond, George Lazenby, author Miles Franklin, Australian ballet dancer Dimity Azoury and rapper and all-round wordsmith Omar Musa feature prominently, and family, friends, and many of the inductees themselves attended the launch on Tuesday.
Cr Overall said the Cultural Honours Gallery would be reviewed and updated with each new Council, occurring every four years.
The Queanbeyan Cultural Honours Gallery
Alex Asch- Artist and sculptor
Dimity Azoury- Ballet dancer
Annette Blair- Glass artist
Matthew Curtis- Glass artist
Miles Franklin- Author
Margaret Hadfield- Painter
Johannes Kuhnen- Gold and silversmith
Hau Latukefu- Rap artist
George Lazenby- Actor
Michael Martin- Tenor and opera singer
Tommy Murphy- Playwright
Omar Musa- Poet, rapper, songwriter and author
Kirstie Rea- Glass artist
Norma Roach and Trevor Roach- Queanbeyan Players
Neil Roberts- Artist and sculptor
Harriet Schwarzrock- Glass Artist
Michael Smith- Actor
Ben Snow- Animation
Bill, Pat and Tim Stephens- Cabaret
Hiroe Swen- Ceramic artist