Sorry but this event has been cancelled. With predicted 90% rain and thunderstorms for Sunday and Monday, the executive decision was made. what else could we do? Watch out in the New Year for more details. It will happen and it will be wonderful when it does. Maybe in time for next years Rush Festival!



Experience Gympie Town Centre like never before. Follow the Lights is a self-guided evening walk that will take place around Mary Street and Memorial Park on Sunday 3 December – Tuesday 5 December. The walk will feature public art, UV art display, music, street art and projected artworks on walls, behind windows, in alleyways, in trees and on backs of buildings.



Sun, 3 Dec  – Tues, 5 Dec   |   6.30pm – 9pm


Gympie Town Centre inc. Mary Street & Memorial Park


Self-guided evening walk along the art trail



TBC. Live music Andy Ward

Luminous Labyrinth : lantern installation led by Tina Van

Lady of the Lights by Cindy Vogels


Projection Art lead by James Muller

Spirit of Gold Lantern created by Moto Niwa

Ultraviolet Encounters Of The Art Kind – Pop Up Exhibition 

Public and Street Art Trail


Rush Festival & Gympie Regional Gallery

Phone: 1300 307 800



Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.

Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

The team behind The 13-26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series…but watch out for those cows!

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2. Cultural Learning
3. Digital Learning
4. Arts and Wellbeing
The workshop aims to capture a point-in-time evaluation of the successes, challenges and aspirations across participating regional communities, focussing on current practice and collectively prepare for shifts in local, state and national learning landscapes.
It will be facilitated by Henri Van Noorenburg, Project Officer Regional Services, QAGOMA and Terry Dean, Head of Learning, QAGOMA.For more information please contact Henri Van Noorenburg (07) 3840 7198 or henri.vannoorenburg@qagoma>
Refreshments will be served so please RSVP by return email to by Friday 3 November.
See you then.

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Official Opening: Thursday 2 November, 6pm with Opening Speaker Megan Williams, Manager, USC Art Gallery

Gallery Three

Image credit: Still life from the Opportunity Shop, Debra Livingston, 2016-17. Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper, 60x90cm, courtesy of the artist

Date:1 November 2017 to 25 November 2017


Gympie Regional Gallery

The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and is located at 39 Nash Street, Gympie.

Contact us on (07) 5481 0733 or at for more information.

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Showtime’ by Ann & Gerry O’Connor

Art on Cairncross, Maleny present this ceramic exhibition by husband and wife artists Gerry & Ann O’Connor.


07 NOV – 29 NOV


10:00AM – 05:00PM


3 Panorama Place

This remarkable couple have been lifetime partners and share a studio, but have maintained their individual approaches to clay.

Gerry O’Connorworks in the Western approach to Raku creating intriguing figures and mesmerising glazes. “It is the branch of ceramics that fires my imagination and suits my personality. I love its directness, vigour and colour. I create more decorative and sculptural items” he explains.

Ann O’Connor uses white clay as the basis for her intricately sculpted figurative works and bright underglazes to great effect. There is joy and mischief in much of it and sheer wonderment at the detail.

“Showtime” is a new collection of works drawn from burlesque to baroque, but also encompasses the meaning of the ceramicists putting themselves on show too. All of it is entertaining and engaging.

Official opening Saturday October 7th at 3.00pm by artist Fiona McCarron. All welcome!

In her artist statement, Sam said: “The melaleuca trees and marshy ground are represented in a way that appears to extend beyond the limits of the picture frame giving an impression of fluidity, fluctuation and change that is characteristic of this evanescent landscape.”.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski, who officially opened the exhibition, congratulated the finalists on their outstanding works.

“Now in its fourth year, the Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize exhibition has become a highlight of Caloundra Regional Gallery’s annual exhibition calendar, featuring the formidable talent of our local artists,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Congratulations to the winners of each category – Sam Vatovey, Linda Pollard, Marvene Ash, Robert McKeown and Tory Richards.

“I would also like to thank artist Rick Everingham for taking on the judging role for this year’s prize – a huge responsibility but one that I’m sure was very rewarding.”

Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. president Marie Pigott said the quality of entries in the 2017 art prize was outstanding, encompassing everything from traditional to contemporary styles.

“The works depict the Sunshine Coast in all its glory, showcasing everything from coastal and hinterland landscapes, through to native wildlife, buildings and prominent community members,” Mrs Pigott said.

“This art award provides a great opportunity for our talented local artists to be recognised and to exhibit their work in a regional gallery to a national audience.

“All 40 finalist pieces will be available for purchase so it’s a great opportunity for gallery visitors to invest in an amazing piece of local art to display in their home, office or business.”

Prizes awarded during the official opening were:

  • Sam Vatovey – Drawn for a New Beginning – Best of Show – $3000 (sponsored by Mary Henzell Investments Pty Ltd)
  • Linda Pollard – Strata – Best Oil or Acrylic – $1500 (sponsored by Mark McArdle, MP and Judy McArdle)
  • Marvene Ash – Brush Box – Best Watercolour – $1500 (sponsored by Stuart and Kylie Border, Local Agent Real Estate
  • Robert McKeown – The Entrance – Best Mixed/Other Medium – $1500 (sponsored by Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc.)
  • Tory Richards – Jandamarra – Best Three-Dimensional – $1500 (sponsored by Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc.)

Throughout the exhibition, gallery visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Award, with the winning artist to receive a $500 prize sponsored by Geoff Lyons Solicitors Pty Ltd.

The Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize and exhibition are curated by the Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. in partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery. 

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, November 5.

Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize finalists

Miles Allen                               Linda Pollard

Marvene Ash                          Chris Postle

Peta Boyce                             Beatrice Prost

Cherylynne Bullen                  Tory Richards

Roger Callen                           Jan Roebuck

Kerrie Corcoran                      Phillip Rolton

Scott Denholm                                    Barry Rosenberg

Terry Dugdale                         Helen Saint-Smith

Jude Fernandes                      Stella Stephenson

Carol Forster                           Thom Stuart

Barry Breen                            Kym Tabulo

Serge Grimaitre                      Katrin Terton

Bernardine Hine                      Noel Thomas

Judith Laws                             Sally Thomson

Jacky Lowry                           Margaret Ellen Turner

Robert McKeown                    Sam Vatovey

Rob Mortimer                          Pam Walpole

Margi Parry                             Brian Wareham Jones

Glenda Pitt                              Darren White

Wolfgang Pleiades                  Kerry Wilson

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Bigger and better than ever, the contemporary 3D Exhibition set in the beautiful rainforest Retreat this year has 40 selected finalists from all over Queensland. Presented by Arts Connect Inc over four weeks, the Award offers $9,000 in prize money this year.  A first prize of $5,000 is again proudly sponsored by Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny.

Prizes for this year’s event are also sponsored by IGA-Maleny, Montville Chamber of Commerce, Illume Creations Montville, Ray White Maleny, Maleny Optical, Maleny Chamber of Commerce, and Maleny Art Direct.

Artist Lineup includes – Corrie Wight, Elli Schlunke, Yanni van Zijl, Sophy Blake, Noel Carroll, Mela Cooke, Tina Cooper, Richard Eggleston, Leisa Gunton, Kaye Leach, Rod Hammond, Cameron Rushton, Pam Walpole, Phil Willy, Jim Cox, Tamara Kirby, Tracey Lewis, Trevor Irvine, Belinda Stanton, Brian Sanstrom, Laura Vecmane, Glen Manning, Kathy Daly, Valerie Willy, Dorothy Haig, Winka von Fahland, Charles McGuire, Jules McCrae, Kerry MacKenzie, Barry Rosenberg.

WHEN: 9am-5pm daily from 29 September – 25 October, ENTRY FREE

WHERE: Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny.

Ticketed Awards night & official opening Thursday 5 October.

Come on up and vote for your favourite Artwork in the Peoples’ Choice Award!

View the winning entries HERE

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales is proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual Young Archie competition, which nurtures and celebrates the talent of budding young artists from around Australia.

In the spirit of the iconic Archibald Prize, the Young Archie competition invites children and teenagers aged five to 18 to unleash their creativity and submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life.

This year, the popular competition received more than 2000 entries from across Australia – on par with entries into the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes – in four age categories: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years.

The 2017 Young Archie competition winners for each age category are:

  • 5-8 years category:Poppy Barnes, 8, from Carlton North, VIC for her self-portrait
    • 9-12 years category: Claire Shin, 9, from Ermington, NSW for her portrait of her cousin
    • 13-15 years category: Jessica Thompson, 14, from Frenchs Forest, NSW for her portrait of her sister
    • 16-18 years category: Chantelle Que, 18, from Stanhope Gardens, NSW for her portrait of her mother

Entries were judged on merit and originality by Victoria Collings, Art Gallery of NSWcommunity engagement manager, and guest judge Abdul Abdullah, a leading Australian artist and Archibald Prize finalist in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2011, and Sulman Prize finalist in 2016.

“The winning portraits demonstrate outstanding technical skill, creativity and self-expression and offer a glimpse into the cherished relationships and perspectives of each young artist,” Abdullah said.

“The experience of judging the Young Archie competition has been extremely gratifying and has filled me with excitement for the next generation of Australian artists,” Abdullah added.

Part of the family program for the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition (29 July – 22 October 2017), the Young Archie competition is a favourite on the Gallery’s calendar of events.

Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of NSW, said the Young Archie competition is part of the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to foster the creativity of children by providing inspiring opportunities for them and their families to think, create and play like an artist.

“It’s remarkable to watch the Young Archie competition ignite the creativity of gifted young people from across Australia, and see their expressive entries enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the annual Archibald Prize,” said Brand.

Finalists receive an art pack and an Archibald 17 catalogue and each age category winner is awarded a cash prize of $100 from ANZ, an art pack from S&S Creative and a family pass to a paid exhibition at the Gallery.

The Young Archie competition is proudly supported by presenting partner ANZ.

Fred Ohlsson, ANZ group executive Australia, said “Congratulations to the four winners of this year’s Young Archie competition. As presenting partner, ANZ is proud to support and nurture the next generation of Australian artists and we are delighted to continue our long history supporting the arts and community in New South Wales.”

Artworks with an honourable mention are displayed at the SH Ervin Gallery in the Rocks, alongside the Salon des Refusés 2017 exhibition and on the Art Gallery of NSW website.

Entries for the 2018 Young Archie competition will open 1 February 2018.

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   Steve Thompson has embraced this art form. Steve originally hails from Melbourne and is an intelligent and affable man who finds that rural life nurtures his creative nature. For someone who had earned a living in ways as diverse as mining to sales, finance to driving, the freedom for expression was exciting and exhilarating.  He took to stone carving, stained glass and crystal wandmaking, so that when he settled in Maleny some twenty years ago, it was the perfect environment for his further development. Steve broadened his artistic skills into performance poetry, stand-up comedy and street theatre at Woodford Folk Festival, but also into making props from swords to goblets to lost wax jewellery and even costumes. But it was several years working as an assistant to an engineer/inventor that provided him with the practical skills to create the Steampunk sculptures he now imagines.

   “The art I do is about problem solving,” Steve explains, “the shelves of my studio are overflowing with components. Brass bits, wooden bits, glass bits, gemstones, meteorites, alabaster, oyster shells, clock parts etc. etc. The challenge starts when I find a bit that looks like something…maybe a helmet or a jet-pack. Then the search commences and I go through everything again for the gazillionth time to find the rest of this thing I’m imagining. Then it’s cutting, grinding, drilling, polishing and somehow attaching”.

   Steve’s artworks are unique. They meld a fertile mind and fabulous sense of humour with practical capabilities and a drive to engage. They are intriguing for being contemporary and yet oddly historical and futuristic all at once, demanding the viewer to look again and again to fathom out each component. His clever designs with meteorites, has them suspended by the attraction from a magnet, so that stone appears to be floating in the air. Many sculptures seem to suggest that they should “do something”, but what they do is to feed our imaginations and lead us into our own ideas. This level of engagement makes them endlessly entertaining. In Steve’s words “I do what I do…to extract a smile or a laugh or a ‘wow’. When my art does that, as far as I’m concerned I’ve been successful”.


   Steampunk Sculptures by Steve Thompson can be seen at ‘Art on Cairncross’ by anyone wanting to smile, laugh or be ‘wowed’!

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