While you’re exploring the region enjoying all things Horizon, why not get out and discover some of the amazing public art that captures the Sunshine Coast’s creative identity. 

From local, national and international artists, take a look at some of the ‘must see’ works below.




25 AUG – 3 SEP 2017

Horizon Festival connects, disrupts and delights through arts, culture and creativity.

Over 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast, Horizon collaborates to deliver more than 200 events in visual art, film, literature, performance, street art, comedy, music, theatre and new media.

As the signature multi-arts festival for the region, Horizon’s curated program of events celebrates local artists alongside Australian and international guests, building the capacity of local creative talent and exposing the audience to unique arts experiences.

Horizon Festival provides a platform for collaboration and artistic expression, develops emerging and experimental works, and encourages projects that foster growth and leave a legacy for the region.


From the mountains to the sea: Sunshine Coast stories

Jul  19 Aug

Time: 10:00AM to 04:00PM

From the mountains to the seaSunshine Coast stories will launch the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the naming of the Sunshine Coast. This collaborative exhibition focuses on broad Sunshine Coast historical themes, drawn from multiple museum collections, extending beyond local history over the last 50 years. The exhibition also includes community memories compiled from heritage film footage donated by the community and from the Heritage Library archives, and a commissioned film that looks at creative landscapes on the Sunshine Coast through the eyes of contemporary artists, authors and architects.


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Gated Community (detail),2016 – 2017,oil and alkyd on aluminum panel,63 x 73 cm

The Glass Eye Opens

Ruben Pang’s exhibition is building on Noosa Regional Galleries previous exhibitions of South-east Asian art, and this solo presentation by Ruben Pang will present to the Sunshine Coast residents a new series of works by one of the most exciting young artists practising in the region. Ruben will travel through Queensland to immerse him in Australian art, particularly James Gleeson and Albert Tucker whom his works have an affinity with. Ruben’s works are not only highly sought after but he represents the new generation of global artists who travel extensively to connect more deeply with the world and its environs.

Ruben Pang – The Glass Eye Opens

This series of paintings are composed around a medley of the supernatural, folklore and

bio-luminescence. I treat the landscape format as a stage. Through spectacular scenery or dramatic sky, there’s a sensation of integration, a feeling of escaping the confines of the body and mind. Tapping into such subconscious areas to find new angles of self-analysis and inspiration is the means I find most potency creatively.

Sea and sound

The Wharf Tavern is super excited to announce that Boy & Bear will be headlining the Sea N Sound Festival to be held in Mooloolaba on the Saturday 10th June. Now in its second year, Sea N Sound aims to create a boutique blend of coastal lifestyle and local culture, focusing on the best live music, local 

29 April – 11 June 2017







Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 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. 

Thirty nine finalists will be selected for an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Location Event  Dates Bookings 
Caloundra Regional Gallery  Exhibition Thursday 17 August to Sunday 8 October No bookings
Caloundra Regional Gallery Uncovered Floor Talk  Friday 1 September, 10.15 am More information
Caloundra Regional Gallery Made by Hand Monday 4 September, 10.00 am
Monday 25 September, 11.00 am
More information

More information on the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.


What’s upSunshine?

The 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast


Noosa Council is developing an exhibition to tell the story of the last
50 years of Noosa’s history. The exhibition is part of a range of
activities planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. The exhibition will focus on the people and events that have shaped the region

over the last 50 years and explore themes such as holidays, tourism, surfing, environment,
festivals, planning and development.

August 2017 marks 50 years since the adoption of the name  ‘Sunshine Coast’ to describe the region from Caloundra to Noosa. The then Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils endorsed the name to cover the three shires for promotional purposes, replacing the name “near North Coast”, which had been in use and which was not considered distinct enough or identifiable by southerners. The name was officially gazetted by the Queensland government in July 1967 to take effect from 1 August 1967.

Image : Sunshine Coast Newspapers Chief Photographer Ted Robinson demonstrates for models,(detail) Noosa Woods, ca 1980s.  Photographer Ian Murray.  Image courtesy of Noosa Library Service/Picture Noosa.

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The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 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 will be selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Prizes Major Prize – $25,000 cash 

Sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council

Highly Commended Prize – $5,000 cash 
Sponsored by De Deyne Family

People’s Choice Prize – $2,500 cash 
Sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency
Presented by Montville Country Cabins and Caloundra Regional Gallery

Key dates

  • Entries open: Wednesday 8 February
  • Entries close: Friday 31 March
  • Exhibition dates: Thursday 17 August to Sunday 8 October
  • Official Opening and winners announced: Thursday 31 August, 6.00 pm
  • Exhibition venue: Caloundra Regional Gallery

This Very Egypt
Tarja Ahokas

Friday 3 March – Wednesday 5 April 2017

Tarja AHOKAS, Transient, 2013. Mixed Media on Canvas. Image: Courtesy of the artist.
​This exhibition embraces the wonder of Ancient Egypt. That the culture of Ancient Egypt still resonates thousands of years later and is globally recognised is especially relevant to Ahokas and her work. Expressing the culture, magic and mysteries of life in Ancient Egypt is the focus for her paintings and a constant source of fascination. The symbolism, particularly of animals, often portrayed in hybrid form is of specific interest to the artist. Concepts of animals as sacred deities and the Egyptian gods are explored in visual images. Scarab beetles, have especially caught Ahokas’ imagination and reoccur throughout the work. 
Michael Cook: Mother
  • Print

Mother is a journey through thirteen images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape. The ‘mother’ is always alone, her baby absent, although evidence of a child remains in the empty pram, abandoned toys on the hopscotch court, the slackness of the skipping rope. These images possess an arrested stillness that speaks to a recently bereft status

Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 26 February
Creativity, Community, Culture