Do you love Woodfordia? Then you will ?our 7th annual Maleny Music Festival where you will see over 75 acts over 3 days starting the last weekend in August 2018.
The Maleny Music Festival offers a profound sense of community connection where your whole family can enjoy the friendly vibe of mostly homegrown artists.
This 3 day weekend festival is filled with supremely talented musicians, artists, workshops, sessions, licenced bar, childrens’ venue, street performances, food stalls for all tastes, camping and which promises many new experiences and performances to suit many tastes including folk, world music, rock, dance, comedy, poetry, cabaret and showcasing all the incredible local talent.
Our venue is cosy, spacious, and easy to navigate plus caters for all weather conditions.
Our food is healthy, tasty and diverse, our music and entertainment is nourishing, fun and world class, our arts are eclectic and engaging and our community is oh so fine.
Here is a brief overview of whats on the menu this year, stay tuned for more news.
Rob Longstaff returns from Berlin for this year’s Festival to join us for the first time. Rob is an exceptionally talented folk, rock, blues, and whatever musician who gets you into the moment and usually dancing your socks off.
Also on the bill this year:
? Fred Smith Trio from Canberra
? Kelly Brouhaha from Adelaide
? Hardey McMurrick Two from Perth
? Nicole Brophy
? Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
? Jesse Morris Trio from NSW.
Returning from last year we have :
? Kevin Bennett
? Martin Pearson
? The Fergies
? Dan Horne
And returning from the previous years:
? The Hillbilly Goats
? The Jar
? Barry Charles
?The Karen Law Family
From Brisbane we have:
? Cigany Weaver
? Getano Bann
? Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning
? Tin Star
? Sadie & Jay and East Of West
Add to that Sunshine Coast bands include
? Canta La Tumba
Plus acts not yet announced certainly makes our Early Bird Price a bargain to not miss out on. Stay tuned for more announcements
The Maleny Music Festival is presented by volunteers and has been proudly supported by Woodford Folk Festival, Hotel Maleny and the community of Maleny.
This year you can choose which days camping you want and add it to the ticket price. There are also a limited number of powered sites.
BRISBANE FESTIVAL LAUNCHES AN ALTOGETHER FABULOUS PROGRAM
Brisbane Festival has unveiled a program brimming with big-name acts, more world premieres
than ever, and a spectacular new light-and-laser show on the river that will see Brisbane
illuminated for 22 days of celebration this September.
There will be almost 600 performances – 100 of them free – of almost 70 shows across 17 venues.
More than 1,000 artists are involved.
In a coup for Queensland, Brisbane Festival will premiere eight brand new works, involving
major commissions from some of Australia’s leading companies including Circa, Dancenorth
and Legs on the Wall.
Program highlights include two major Riverstage music events bookending the Festival on the
opening and closing nights and headlined by homegrown heroes Ball Park Music and Violent
Soho; two semi-staged concerts of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes, starring worldleading
Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton; and #CelebrateBrisbane River of Light – a nightly,
all-ages, free river show that will ignite the city with a visual feast of luminescence and life.
In a first for Brisbane Festival, the massive program is presented in three distinct acts – one for
each of the three weeks of activity from 8 – 29 September.
“Each act has its own explosion of story, and each opens a window to the world that will
entertain and enlighten,” Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said.
The first week alone offers almost 30 different productions in 15 venues across the city, including
favourite Festival hubs Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, home to The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent; the
fringe-fueled Theatre Republic at Kelvin Grove’s QUT Creative Industries Precinct; and live music
mecca The Tivoli.
Act One revolves around ideas of home, memory and gender. Amongst the signature events is
Memorial, an epic theatrical experience that gives exquisite life to each of the 215 dead
soldiers named in Homer’s Iliad. It stars the legendary Helen Morse and a community chorus of
215 choreographed by Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz, with music by Golden Globe nominee Jocelyn
“This spectacular new Australian work, featuring a massive chorus drawn from the Brisbane
community, will be a snapshot of the city in 2018,” Berthold said.
From the United States comes Home, in which a house is built magically onstage, seemingly
from nothing, before becoming a celebration of all the things that make a house a home. By
the end, the audience becomes part of a joyous house party.
Equally monumental is Qweens on King, an inner-city garden party that will see eight real-life
same-sex couples tie the knot in a public ceremony officiated by Gai Lemon.
“The King Street area in Fortitude Valley registered the highest YES vote in the marriage equality
postal survey in all of Queensland, so it’s an appropriate place for a public celebration like this,”
Another guaranteed crowd-pleaser is Festival favourite Strut & Fret, who returns to The CourierMail
Spiegeltent with LIFE the show. It’s a world premiere for Brisbane Festival, showcasing the
extraordinary capabilities of the human body, from contortion and aerials to fire-breathing and
feats of incredible strength.
Additional Act One headliners include Australian TV favourite Hugh Sheridan and friends in the
return of 2016 smash-hit California Crooners Club; Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project; the return
of Brisbane Festival’s hugely successful free concert Symphony For Me, which sold out within
minutes in 2015 and 2016; and Katie Noonan’s Elixir, Michael Leunig and The Camerata in
Gratitude & Grief, a unique combination of spoken-word poetry, sublime music and live
Act Two of the Festival casts the individual against the giant forces of nature, fate and society,
in thrilling expressions of circus, dance and music.
Highlights include two world premieres, En Masse by Brisbane’s internationally renowned Circa
in one of their biggest shows yet, and Dust by Australia’s leading company for dance
innovation, Dancenorth; while national treasure Rhonda Burchmore joins guest star Rob Mills in a
sexy and sassy new show, BANG! BANG!
Act Three – the Festival’s final week – delivers a fierce and fun climax, including mind-bending
scary movie homage HORROR; the colourful children’s opera The Owl & The Pussycat; and the
world premiere of Man With The Iron Neck from Australia’s leading physical theatre company,
Legs on the Wall. Eskimo Joe teams up with Brisbane chamber Camerata in QPAC’s Concert
The 22-day celebration crescendos Saturday 29 September with Brisbane’s much-loved
fireworks celebration Sunsuper Riverfire igniting the city skyline for its 21st anniversary year. This
year’s super fun soundtrack is themed on Sci-Fi and Superheroes.
“We hope this festival is altogether alluring and will bring us all together, breathing as one, as
we witness artists from here and around the world working at the very limits of their imaginations
to blow our minds,” Berthold said.
“This year’s Brisbane Festival is truly Brisbane’s Festival. Visit each of the three acts and you’ll be
rewarded six-fold – we invite you to join us and celebrate Brisbane this September.”
For the full program of theatre, dance, music, circus, comedy, cabaret and family
entertainment, visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au
And we are off and running with 10 jam-packed days of arts and culture across the Sunshine Coast! We have hand picked a selection of events held across the first three days of the festival.
Opening Ceremony and Celebration
Join us at Cotton Tree this afternoon in celebration of the First Peoples of Australia and experience String Symphony as it lights up the park. BYO picnic blanket, enjoy snacks from food trucks and make yourself comfortable for the evening’s entertainment. MORE INFO
Date: Fri 24 Aug | Time: 4pm – 8pm | Venue: Cotton Tree Park
As I leave the ocean flanked coast and drive up the winding road into the hinterland, the air is sweet, crisp and fresh. I’m heading out to Jinibara country this weekend, to see for myself, what The Planting Festival is all about. The landscape is so picturesque, I can’t help but feel relaxed and curious about the activities that are on offer over this long weekend. I drive to the end of Commissioners Flat road and turn towards the township of Woodford. I see the famous ‘Woodfordia’ sign atop the hill at the home of the festival and know I have arrived. Woodfordia, the cultural parkland out in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is also host to another gathering, one of Queensland’s largest music festivals – Woodford Folk Festival (27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019. This land was formerly a dairy farm, hence was quite barren. The idea way back when they purchased the land in 1994, was to plant out the property to create more shade for this event. Thus, The Planting Festival was born, creating the luscious green acreage I am now standing on. As you walk around the property you can see so much variety in the vegetation and habitats that have been plotted out. In fact, throughout this festival there are walks you can join to see the abundant bush foods and wildlife.
The team behind both Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting are dedicated to providing an educational experience, as well as all the fun things a festival offers. The carefully curated program is part of their commitment to creating a conscious community to care for our planet using sustainable practices to enhance the environment and minimise human impact. Since the first working bee style tree-planting back in 1997, The Planting has seen teams of environmental warriors plant over 100,000 trees. That is an incredible effort that we are now all benefiting from, whenever we attend a festival or event at Woodfordia. Throughout the year there are other environmental projects going on. One such project is soil restoration using biochar which is a by-product of bamboo treatment that boosts soil productivity and other activities that increase Woodfordia’s biodiversity, creating habitats for particular species of animals.
The bamboo is very important to Woodfordia, as for many years there have been some incredible bamboo structures built around the festival precinct. Woodfordia has planted its own bamboo forest. Together with Nici and Jed Long from Cave Urban, several members of their collective, and Arief Rabik, director of the International Bamboo Foundation, they have installed two bamboo preservation chambers that have been instrumental in boosting their sustainable soil projects. The bamboo is preserved in these chambers and can then be used to make structures around Woodfordia that provide both decoration and shade. The by-product of this treatment, biochar, is then used to draw carbons back into the soil and boost its productivity. Last year, two new major bamboo projects were constructed. An expansive covered walkway was constructed that also housed misting hoses to keep patrons cool in the summer festival heat, and a large open dwelling with a mezzanine level complete with hammocks for patrons to chillout. The innovation here is truly inspiring.
Now what festival would be complete without a good bar to water oneself? There are a couple here and my first stop is the Crafty Bar. All sorts of delicious carbonated ales from local breweries are being served here. They have Porter, Stout, Lager and Pale Ale, 13 craft beers, 1 apple cider and 1 ginger beer in total. Throughout the festival there are talks on offer and a panel with the local brewers who have their beer on tap here, so it is an awesome opportunity to get in on the action, ask for a few hints and pick up some useful knowledge from the crew that are doing it best. Set backing onto the pond, the Deck Bar is a serenity station for a quiet recharge and a beverage, that is until session time. Think burlesque or cabaret style atmosphere with luscious textures, smooth velvet soft furnishings and comfy leather couches. This bar is one for the musos. Several times throughout the festival, anyone who wishes to can take part in a jam session – just BYO instrument. It’s such a cool way to get involved with the musicians attending the festival. I found myself there a few times enjoying some uplifting gypsy jazz. There is similar musical revelry going on at different times in the aptly named Sessions Bar closer to the middle of the festival precinct.
Strewn around the festival there is some incredible mural artwork utilised as fencing and barriers. It really adds to the atmosphere of this festival and the artful scene that is such a big element of Woodfordia’s identity. Perusing the program, there are so many things to do and see, one would never have time to get to them all. I need to decide if I would like to get into some body percussion, ponder if Ibis are sacred messengers or bin chickens with Prof. Darryl Jones, or discover Queensland frogs with ecologist Harry Hines. I haven’t even glanced at the music yet and already my day is full! There are several artisan workshops being held where you can make leather goods, learn herbal first aid with local ‘Medicine Room’ herbalist Dominique LivKamal, or cook with celebrity Chef Matt Golinski.
Every year, festival organisers come up with super fun activities aimed at different age groups. To create such an inclusive program is imperative; every attendee is catered for here and the children’s festival has some amazing activities. For the 11– 7 year olds, they have an area set up to build things. There are power tools, piles of wooden pallets and plenty of room for the kids to get creative and build a little city. I am excited to see how this progresses over the weekend. Further along there are a couple of marquees; inside there are numerous tables set with art and craft materials for all ages to get into. There’s painting, collage and all sorts of fun bits and pieces to entertain. This is also the site for the children’s entertainment. Across the way there are some bamboo frames that the 7–10 year olds are being encouraged to make into hobbit homes using clay, straw, palm fronds and other random materials. This looks like a fun project for any child to be involved in.
As I discovered this long weekend, The Planting is more than just planting a few shade trees to transform an old dairy farm. It is all about demonstrating complete inclusiveness, with something on the program for everyone. The golden thread running through each activity here is environmental sustainability. Woodfordia is setting a world class example in their commitment to providing a program that nurtures environmental education initiatives for all ages; it means we all walk away with the gift of making a conscious decision every day to make the small changes locally that make the biggest differences globally. Maybe, next May long weekend, you might consider getting involved and leaving a piece of you in spirit at Woodfordia for the greater good of our planet.
Fiona Groom’s photobombing animals are recognisable wherever you see them. Its usually a couple of curious-looking animals ‘staring’ straight at you and you can’t help but grin.
The internationally known, Sunshine Coast artist sends her paintings all over the world for buyers, collectors and as fundraising tools for various animal welfare groups.
She knows the value of humour in raising awareness on animal conservation – and in her new body of work, Fiona’s looking much closer to home!
‘Unearth – a Secret Realm’ is an ode to the critters in leaf litter – and their essential role in our local ecosystem. It opens for viewing opens at Cooroy’s Butter Factory Arts Centre, Friday July 27.
“The idea came as a personal response to land clearing and new subdivisions in our region,” Fiona said.
“I did some research to find out more about animals who are being directly affected – like the Northern Hoppy Mouse! It’s listed as vulnerable in QLD but hasn’t been seen since the late 1800s’,” Fiona said.
“It is a shy, quick little creature so it’s a combination of less numbers and, being hard to spot. But they are seen more regularly in the Northern Territory and across the top of Australia.”
Using her own reference images, Fiona has painted a whole new body of work drawing attention to these lesser known locals, and how we can nurture their neighbourhood.
“The food chain starts with the leaf litter. If the leaf litter is gone, then those animals go and the effects of their loss are felt all the way up the food chain.
““By raking up leaves and dirt in our gardens, we’re all killing these important animals off … and I just feel a need to be their voice,” she said.
“I find animals inherently interesting. They’ve each got their own personalities and these I love bringing out in each painting. Plus people just might become a little bit more aware of these animals if they’re drawn to them for a sort of, fun, interesting reason!”
‘Unearth – a Secret Realm’ opens 6pm, Friday July 27 at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy. Entry is free, all are welcome and cash bar available. The exhibition is on show until September 04. Fiona will be onsite each Thursday throughout these dates – group/ school bookings and tours are most welcome, by the artist.
Maxine Stibbe joined the Brisbane art scene in the late 1980’s, and her passion for community arts, visual arts and Indigenous arts, has led her on a journey around the globe. I first met Maxine back in her twenties at the start of her arts career. The Honourable Matt Foley, the then Arts Minister, addressed the opening of her first solo exhibition at Fox Galleries in Brisbane.
Twenty years and a few kids later, Maxine is now living in on the Sunshine Coast, looking back on a diverse arts career spanning roles in art making, community arts development, set design and construction, poetry and performance. As a multi-platform artist, she works in paint, ceramics, stone, metal, photography, multimedia and text.
During her time with a young family, Maxine stayed active in the arts, through study, coordinating community arts projects, running her studio/gallery in Noosaville, and volunteering at the Noosa Regional Gallery. She now has a studio at Tewantin, backing on to the Tewantin National Park, and has artworks and murals permanently on display at Zabe Espresso Bar in Tewantin.
At the moment Maxine is represented in two exhibitions in Melbourne at the Brunswick Street Gallery: Emerging Photographic Edition and Australasia Now. For the latter, her piece entitled Big Fish City Dreams is about being the Muse, the female artist, being consumed by the Big Fish art machinations, the storm of life, the grid and repetition, and the clouds of energy, internet sending information and electrical storms of societal constructs breaking down.
Maxine is currently doing an Arts Residency at The Black Duck Gallery in the vibrant creative town of Yandina. The artist in residence pilot program is a series of week-long residencies for artists to share, create and exhibit their work. The self-contained cottage is located on the road to the renowned Spirit House Restaurant and beautiful Mt Ninderry.
As part of her residency, Maxine has full use of the Black Duck Gallery, and will have her exhibition hanging in the gallery for two weeks after her stay.
Maxine will be having a solo exhibition, Max Melbourne, at Brunswick Street Gallery in December. The exhibition will take a multi-platform approach to representing the challenges of motherhood and women’s art practice in a regional environment, being showcased within an urban gallery space.
From small steps, great things come: the story of an Arts Association
by Ally Bing
The urge to create is as strong an instinct in humankind as any. Everywhere, even as we are required to find work and support families, individuals of all types and backgrounds find pleasure and respite through the participation in, and creation of, art. The need to assemble could also be attributed to our human nature and is surely just as strong a need within us. Through these two attributes, creation and assembly, humankind has marked the earth with cities and empires, monuments to our species and masterful artefacts of culture. It is in our hearts and minds to create, to problem-solve, and to build.Therefore, the formation of the Caloundra Arts Centre Association was perhaps inevitable, with Sunshine Coast creators and artists yearning and determined to connect with kindred spirits who understand their passions, and hunger to learn more about the artforms they love.
The Caloundra Arts Centre Association (C.A.C.A) was formed in 1976 to ‘stimulate public interest in cultural activity and foster artistic talent and appreciation’. Today, C.A.C.A is a dream organisation for artists everywhere who wish to work on their projects in the comfort of a social setting and to increase their skillset. C.A.C.A hosts a remarkable 540 artisans and over 20 different arts-focus groups, catering to an impressive array of tactile artform interests. From only three groups: stitchers, spinners and weavers, and potters in 1982, the Association is now a community for lace makers, print makers, tapestry weavers, quilters, porcelain painters, textile and fibre artists, and in addition to many more, of course the painters of many mediums: oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours, and mixed media. The groups work independently of one another to meet on a regular basis, work on projects, and catch up with friends. At the start in ’76, membership was only 50 cents per week. Over forty years later, the weekly attendance fee has hardly inflated at $3.00 – affordable for students and pensioners alike!
The Gift Gallery features the artwork of around 50 experienced artists and crafters, and newcomers and beginners are welcomed and encouraged to participate at all levels. In fact, ‘art for scaredy cats’ is the Association’s newest group. At the beginning of the Association, the few existing groups met in personal homes or rented out meeting halls. The construction of the Centre on 5 North Street allowed for a common meeting point from 1982 onward, with large, open workshop areas and an outlet for artists’ work by way of the Gallery.
The C.A.C.A has survived and thrived through great volunteer effort on the part of its members and great attention to detail in its organisational structure. Far from the stereotypical flighty gaggle of artists, the central Management Committee is supported by a separate volunteer committee for each and every art focus group. The volunteer group committees manage budgets, exhibitions, field trips, donations to charities and awards, workshops, and manage to work on their artworks and crafts in their spare time. Some groups have their own librarians. On the other side of the spectrum, members ensure enjoyment remains a priority in their experience sharing time together. They attend gallery tours, conferences, craft fairs, and whatever else that takes the membership’s fancy.
It’s not surprising in a forty-year old association which recently awarded nonagenarian Joan Crane for her years of involvement, that a focus for many is the generational passing along of skills. One group is proud this year to have a mother-daughter team on their committee. A member was delighted when her granddaughter asked her one day how to make lace; this member would most likely agree with a spinner’s opinion on encountering a young man curious if she knew someone who could spin his camel’s shed coat into wool: ‘It is so refreshing to meet young people who are enthusiastic about anything today that is not related to electronics’. And the association as a whole has contracted a consultant team to give advice and assistance in the creation of a Master Plan intended to sustain the association for a few more decades into the future.
For those interested in viewing or owning the members’ works of art and craftmanship, members engage in several fairs and exhibits throughout the year. The C.A.C.A. Fine Art Exhibit will be held on Saturday 29 September (9 am to 9 pm), and Sunday 30 September (9 am to 4 pm). Over 250 paintings will be displayed for purchase in all styles across three different rooms, with free entry. There will be an hourly artist walking tour, and two ‘artists in residence’ working alongside the curious public. Next January 2019, the ‘Hard Pressed Printers’ and ‘Spinners and Weavers’ groups will present an exhibition on the 5 &6 January entitled, ‘Symphony of Fibre’.
‘Art’ is such a little word, and yet to describe the concept in one sentence is an impossibly huge undertaking. In a similar vein, the most incredible undertakings in artistic endeavours – sprawling, entrancing geometric designs splashed out in acrylics; intimate, intricate detailings of lace pulled together by hand; a functional wool garment that is warm and soft to the touch – are formed into being with simple, deliberate actions. These actions could almost better be described as small meditations than dramatic flares of artistic inspiration. The Caloundra Arts Centre Association artists have created a legacy for themselves and their descendants by understanding that from small, deliberate actions, great wonders can be achieved.
To learn more, contact the Centre on (07)5491 6488, visit their website at www.caloundraartsandcrafts.org.au, or head over in person to the Centre and Gift Gallery at 5 North St., Caloundra.
The Original Eumundi Markets – Every Wednesday and Saturday
Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia. Meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights. When you need a shopping break, rejuvenate with a massage, have your palm read or lose yourself in the stellar line-up of musicians and street performers. It’s an experience like no other.
Abbey Medieval Festival – Caboolture, Moreton Bay area
14 – 15 July
This year’s Abbey Medieval Festival brings you an extended program with more engaging personal experiences, more immersive family fun and more active learning than ever before. Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology enables visitors to co-create their own unique medieval experiences by participating in a highly engaging and immersive event that is proudly the most authentic in the southern hemisphere.
For one intimate night of post-punk neo-glam rock at QPAC, The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig will see the co-creator of Hedwig perform every song from its soundtrack and tell tales from the ground-breaking musical’s 20-year history. Conceived and created by John Cameron Mitchell and songwriter Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch started out as a drag character at the notorious New York City club Squeezebox. From there, Hedwig gradually evolved into a full-fledged workshop production in 1997 and a year later it became an off-Broadway hit, playing in cities worldwide to rave reviews and amassing a cult following.
Over ten incredible days and nights in one of the best festival locations imaginable, Noosa Alive presents the Best of the Best in terms of artists, performers, authors, visual arts, film, food and fun. The 2018 festival promises something for all ages, tastes and price ranges. Once again Noosa will come alive!
Recyclerama at the Maleny Showgrounds brings together a great Antique and Collectibles Fair and a huge Monster Car Boot, with over 100 stalls. Public Entry is $5 per adult. Kids are free. Open from 7.30am to 3pm. Get in early as all the crowds and the dealers get there first thing.
This year will be the eleventh year of the annual Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – an event that the whole family can enjoy. The festival provides an unprecedented display of culture including international music, dance, drumming, instrumentals, art and craft, food and cultural information, with up to 65 stalls. There will also be International performers on three festival stages, children’s rides and activities. Performers at the festival originate from diverse cultural communities such as Africa, Armenia, Australian Aboriginal, Bosnia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Hawaii, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia, Maori (New Zealand), Pacific Islander, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tahiti and Turkey.
Noosa Open Studios provides locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast with the unique chance to visit artists in their private studios over several days in August. Whilst there, visitors can learn about the artists’ creative processes, see their work and perhaps even make an art investment. It’s an opportunity to be creatively inspired by painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans, whilst driving through the picturesque shire of Noosa. More than 60 artists and artisans are expected to welcome the public into their personal creative spaces. Printed studio guides, with maps and details of artists’ studio locations will be widely distributed before the event, so that our visitors can plan their self drive tour of the studios. Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s favourite outdoor country music and camping festival.
Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other. The site, located just 40 kilometres south-west of Gympie and only 45 minutes from Noosa, has over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment precinct. Check the website for ticket prices.
BIGSOUND is Australia’s premier festival of new music. BIGSOUND is where the world discovers Australian music. For four nights every September, a vibrant collection of musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from across the globe assemble in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to witness the best new Australian music. Come and be thrilled by 150 of Australia’s best new artists, across 18 stages in Fortitude Valley’s special entertainment precinct.
Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore over 50 large sculptures built by distinguished local, national and international artists. For 10 days, wander and weave amongst distinctive, thought provoking, intriguing and whimsical sculpted works. Visitors can get in touch with their inner artist and participate in artist master classes and children’s workshops. The SWELL experience extends with festivities such as performance art, music and yoga amongst the sculpture and culinary delights. This exhibition is free to the public and open all hours.
Caloundra Music Festival, Kings Beach, Sunshine Coast
28 September – 1 October
The Kings Beach and surrounds will come alive to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists.
Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head up an explosive list of first round artists locked in to perform at this year’s festival. This not-for-profit family friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area. Visit the website for the full line-up, tickets and other information.
Romeo and Juliet + Cinderella, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny
26 – 28 October
The unique rainforest setting of Spicers Tamarind in Maleny will take on a new light when the Artists of Queensland Ballet bring their beautiful art form to the retreat. Enjoy a weekend of decadence, embracing the beauty and passion of romantic ballet masterpieces alongside award-winning gourmet dining.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, Sunshine Coast
31 October – 4 November
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event based in Noosa, and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in the afternoon, which also includes the Legends Triathlon with all the events attracting a premium field and sporting legends.
The crown event is the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, which has continued its prime position of the largest standard distance race in the world. It includes a one and a half kilometre swim, a 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run. With over 12,000 athletes competing over the event week, it is certainly one event you need to experience for yourself.
Pan Pacific Masters Games, Gold Coast
2 – 11 November
Play it, Live it, Love it! at the eleventh Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast where more than 13,000 athletes from over 30 countries will converge on one of the most popular holiday destinations, to compete in the world’s biggest and best biennial masters games.
The McClymonts are returning to the road after a year off and they’re ready to kick it up in style!
Despite the break, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have been anything but quiet with their best-selling latest album ‘Endless’ debuting #1 Country and #3 ARIA all-genre album chart upon release and generating three smash hit singles. The girls and their band are fired up and ready to go, and with over 20 smash hit singles from their five much-loved albums, you are sure to be in for an unforgettable night. They’ll be performing hits like Forever Begins Tonight, Here’s To You and I, Wrapped Up Good and Kick It Up, all sung with their stunning harmonies and backed by their incredible band.
Enjoy a fabulous three day weekend of fibre arts displays and workshops in picturesque Yandina in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This festival will be a celebration of fibre arts and artists, and a gathering of like-minded individuals who want to come together to create, share, nurture and connect with others. Fibre Arts Festival is an 18+ event with numbers strictly limited to 200. This will allow participants to really connect and engage while learning this amazing craft. Along with the events and workshops, you will be provided with all accommodation and meals professionally catered, prepared fresh and sourced locally. You will also be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, swim or relax by the pool, join daily yoga sessions, go on a guided walk in the rainforest or just relax under a tree and read a book. There will be a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a ‘meet the makers’ night with wine and cheese, art exhibition, cultural performance and much more.
The Spring Hill Reservoir – Carols in the Reservoir
1 – 23 December
Enjoy world-class performers singing your favourite Christmas Carols in Brisbane’s Underground Opera House, six metres underground in a 150 year old water reservoir. What could be more mystical about celebrating Christmas than celebrating in the Spring Hill Reservoir, being serenaded by some of the country’s best opera and musical theatre performers. Whether you’re booking for a night out or a Christmas function, you don’t want to miss this wonderful treat.
7.30pm Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday
The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights, with more than 2,000 local, national and international artists, musicians and presenters performing over 400 acts to an audience of around 132,000 people. The festival begins each year with the iconic Opening Ceremony and closes with the spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. This year will be the 33rd Woodford Folk Festival and the 24th held at Woodfordia. It is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia.
The Woodford festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony. The site, a former barren dairy farm, has been lovingly regenerated with over 120,000 subtropical rain forest trees, orchids, ferns and sedges, planted to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife.
Woodfordia is transformed into a village that hosts over 25,000 daily patrons, performers, stallholders, volunteers and organisers. During the event, the festival is actually the 67th largest town in Australia.
QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY/
GALLERY OF MODERN ART (QAGOMA )
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
As with previous Triennials, APT9 will be expansive in its scope and geographic reach and it will be presented across both QAG and GOMA. It will include significant projects from Australia, China, Hawaii, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Turkey, PNG and other parts of the Asia Pacific, with works by more than 80 senior, mid-career and emerging artists.
24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection
Exclusive to GOMA, this is the Australian artist’s most ambitious project to date and includes major new commissions contextualised with works from the past 15 years. It occupies GOMA’s entire ground floor as well as a dedicated Children’s Art Centre space, where an interactive project Piccinini has developed for children will draw young audiences into an immersive environment filled with soft sculptural creatures. Continues until 5 August 2018
Tony Albert: Visible
This exhibition features works from 2002 to the present, including the artist’s epic appropriations and re-appropriations of kitsch ‘Aboriginalia’, text-based installations and the award-winning photographic series ‘Brothers’.
Tony Albert’s work interrogates representations of Aboriginal people through a mix of humour and poignancy, while tackling issues of race and representation head-on. He won the Fleurieu Art Prize in 2016, and in 2014 he secured both the Basil Sellers Art Prize and the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
2 June – 7 October 2018
Time and Tides: Art in the Torres Strait Islands
This display features works from the gallery’s collection by leading TSI artists, including Allson Edrick Tabuai, Ken Thaiday Snr, Rosie Ware, Segar Passi, George Arago Sambo, George Nona, James Eseli and Alick Tipoti. Continues until 5 August 2018
This display explores themes and practices that have long shaped the gallery’s Asian and Pacific Art Collection, and includes new acquisitions, seminal holdings, historical artefacts, and works acquired throughout the Asia Pacific Triennial series.
A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift is a regional touring exhibition developed by QAGOMA. This is the story of a deep commitment to contemporary art and to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Since 2002, Tim Fairfax AC has supported the acquisition of some of the most remarkable works to have entered the Collection.
Reflecting this generosity, this regional touring exhibition presents works by both renowned and emerging artists, from large-scale artworks to intimate photographic works. The donor’s willingness to venture into new collection-building territory, particularly with acquisitions from Africa, South America and the Pacific, is apparent in the great diversity of works on display.
Touring exhibition at HOTA from 21 July – 9 September 2018
Other venues include Gladstone, Cairns, Townsville, Gympie and Toowoomba, until May 2019.
REDLAND ART GALLERY
Redland Art Awards
Now celebrating its 31st year, Redland Art Awards is a national contemporary painting competition held biennially at the gallery in Cleveland. The competition is open to all Australian painters, with no categories or themes. There is a prize pool of $22,000, with an acquisitive first prize of $15,000, a second prize of $4,000, a third prize of $2,500, and The Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award of $500.
2 September – 14 October 2018
Opening event: 6.30pm, Friday 31 August.
Floor talk and light lunch: 12 noon Sunday 9 September.
My Father’s an Artist
This exhibition delves into what it’s like having an artist as a father and what it’s like being a father who practises art. A selection of artists who are fathers with ties to the Redlands area feature in this exhibition that celebrates Father’s Day 2018. Drawn from the Redland Art Gallery collection and private collections, My Father’s an Artist promises to bring interesting stories for all to enjoy.
25 August – 9 October 2018
Floor talk and canapés: 5.30 pm, Thursday 6 September.
The exhibition title, which translates to ‘I am a seed’, is from the ancient Māori proverb (whakataukī) that is well known throughout all Māori tribes in New Zealand.
‘E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rāngiatea’
‘I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea’
The concept of He kākano is that of growth, development and expansion, and the seed represents greatness. Even before the seed is planted it has the inherent potential to grow into an enormous tree. A person, like a seed, is inextricably linked to generations who have gone before and are yet to come. It cannot be isolated or detached from those connections. It is both history and potential.
In the artists’ words, ‘just because Māori are no longer living in New Zealand, and not practicing culture or fluent in Māori language, it does not mean that Māori are lost. We are still Māori and aim to awaken the very essence of what it means to be Māori through this exhibition’.
Black Dog, Blue Butterflies
In Australia over 45% of the population will experience mental health issues at some stage of their lives. Add in all of the people who are affected when a loved one experiences mental health issues and there would be very few people unaffected.
This exhibition draws its title from the well-known euphemism ‘the black dog’ for one of the most common mental health issues, depression. ‘Butterflies’ refers to another very common affliction, that of anxiety.
This is an annual exhibition of selected artwork by Tyson Evans Scholarship applicants who must be 12 to 18 years of age and attend school or live in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area.
A bursary of $2000 for first place will be awarded to the winning entrant for the purpose of undertaking study, research or tuition in an aspect of the visual arts, to further their art education and develop their artistic skills. There are two additional $500 bursaries for second place – one for a student in grades 7 to 9 and another for students in grade 10 to 12.
Winner of the 2017 Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Award, Jo St Baker’s exhibition elaborates on the artist’s engagement with land/sea transitions and conceptual and physical thresholds associated with coastal culture and environment. It features the growth of her Sandman sculptural series and beautiful wood carved drawings, print and installation.
17 July 2018 – 11 August 2018
Mary Elizabeth Barron – Under foot
The beauty in the often less appreciated and noticed natural wonders beneath our feet are the source of inspiration for this body of work. The works seek to draw attention to the intricacies of natural debris. The colour, shape and textural qualities of leaves in their dying stages, fallen bark and twigs are complex and intriguing. These elements are often either un-noticed or considered green rubbish. Mary Elizabeth Barron’s Under foot seeks to re-contextualise these elements through the use of these natural materials and drawing inspiration from their presentation.
This exhibition of new paintings by Sunshine Coast based artist Jandamarra Cadd considers relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, not one of more value than the other but in true harmony and equality. Cadd’s paintings depict a moment in time that tells of a journey of embracing, understanding and learning from one another in a truly symbiotic relationship – a United Journey. The exhibition will include an interactive children’s art activity space and will be accompanied by a fold-out catalogue with a new text by author Nycole Prowse.
21 June to 12 August 2018
Official Opening (starting with a Smoking Ceremony and dancers): Wednesday 20 June, 5.30 pm.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. Forty finalists have been selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
No Human Being is Illegal: evolution is a collaborative collage project with celebrated Australian artist, Deborah Kelly, re-working an artwork from her acclaimed exhibition, Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory), initially commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). The 20 life-sized photographic portraits have evolved into intriguing collage works through the collaborative creativity of teams of public participants over the course of many months.
Conceived and organised by the artist, the work continues to unfold throughout its tour of regional galleries and museums around Australia.
Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering is a travelling exhibition in partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, the South Australian Museum, and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It features contemporary artworks by 18 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum collection gathered from the Girringun region.
23 May 2018 to 14 July 2018
Official Opening Saturday 26 May, 1.30pm including Welcome to Country by Bianca Beetson (KubiKubi Elder) followed by an Art Chat Session 2.30-4.30pm.
Contemporary abstract artists Denise McMahon, Jennifer Neubecker and Kym Tabulo draw on the traditions of abstract art as they transform their well explored theories and experiments into three distinct but complementary practices. Each drawing or painting represents a universal aim that binds the trio, and their show: that is to value both conscious and intuitive decisions in making their works. Sensitive to each other’s aesthetics, and the experience of the viewer, the three friends hope to nurture a sense of visual adventure that showcases the wonders of creative abstraction.
Emporium of Apparatus Concerning Mechatronic Variants
Russell Anderson’s art and design practice is focussed on whimsical kinetic sculpture, play and interactivity from small to large-scale, in both private and public settings. This has extended into playground design and manufacture of play elements. Russell has been a full time artist for 20 years in public art commissions, community projects, theatrical design and festivals. He lives on acreage bordering a national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. His ‘off the grid’ completely solar powered workshop/studio is equipped with CNC tooling and a full machine shop.
‘The idea of the tea bag jiggler came to me one night when a friend was making me a cup of tea [earl grey] for the first time. I looked at the way she was jiggling the tea bag and thought the process could be automated, thus starting an obsession. I increased the absurdity of the endeavour by not stopping at just one version, instead making several variations – a theme which has carried through to my current work. I have also built two all-terrain bubble blowing vehicles and I’m now planning a third.’
1 July to 31 July 2018
Moto Niwa – MISCE 108
Motoyuki Niwa is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. He has an extraordinary range of experience and skills in visual arts and performing arts. He is a serious disciple of tradition and has spent over 40 years studying traditional arts, including Japanese Noh Mask Drama, calligraphy, kimono textile design and techniques with acclaimed masters. Moto’s experience includes graphic arts, editorial engineering, industrial design, planning and conceptual arts for major companies.