Cooroy Potters

Belonging &Association of Place


Belonging tocommunity andassociating with place are key ideals of the Cooroy Potters.  The rustic landscape of the hinterland, the changing colours and patterns of the seasons and one’s associated feelings of belonging; are all major inspirations for this exhibition.  Freshly dug local clay captures the essence of belonging to the land, while rolling green hills, the lake and mountain inspire designs, colours and texture. Even the clear night sky inspires intricate designs.

Our feelings of pride in belonging to a welcoming hinterland community are echoed in our diverse creations.

Jandamarra Cadd (b.1973) is a Aboriginal Artist with his origins being the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung People in Victoria. He was introduced to painting at the age of 15 and credits this tool of expression as his survival from a challenging childhood treated as a second class citizen in his own land. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with a contemporary and inventive portraiture.

Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and story telling  of the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities. His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul.



It was 15 years ago now that Brett made the switch from Bank manager to artist and he has no regrets. “My work in the bank involved long hours, high stress and increasingly I wasn’t finding any meaning in it. No amount of money could compensate me for the lack of passion for what I was doing for a living. By making the switch to creating art I met many obstacles – some not very pleasant – but it’s all worth it to feel creative and to pursue a career where I feel I’m helping people.”

So he built his mosaic career by creating sometimes huge, wall size, murals and installed & shipped them around the country and even overseas. “This was a busy time” said Brett, “Mosaics take a lot of manhours, and really large projects can take months and months and a lot of patience & concentration but the rewards on seeing the final product are well worth it.”

Even though he felt very satisfied creating a life of so much creativity, Brett’s life took a new direction when he began holding classes in his Maleny studio. He discovered an even greater passion for teaching, and felt just as satisfied seeing his students create wonderful artworks as he did when he created them himself. He now holds weekly classes and weekend workshops teaching people to create mosaic works that very often surprise the participants themselves and have led to two successful exhibitions of students work. Students make whatever they want and are under no pressure to work quickly or to any particular rules or preconceptions.

This love of teaching has now evolved into helping community groups around Australia create their own iconic mosaics for installation in their own communities. Community projects are an awesome opportunity to bring groups of people together to create something special & long lasting. Everyone gets involved and age and physical limitations tend to make no difference – we all work together. Many amazing projects are created this way and due to the “people power” can be completed as a much lower cost than using a specialist mosaicist to create the work by themselves.

An important lesson Brett has learnt from holding his classes and working with communities is the profound relaxation that many students experience once they get immersed in their mosaic work. It’s often described as a form of meditation as there’s little room in the mind for anything but the task you’re working on. Even if it’s only for a few hours, students describe mosaic work as a break from life and the peace customers experience can actually be quite addictive.

With this in mind, Brett has just released a range of Mindfulness Mosaic Kits that enable people to lose themselves by creating a simple mosaic & direct their attention only on what they’re doing in the present – an experience of mindfulness achieved purely through creating art. Relaxation, creativity & fun rather than the hustle & bustle of daily life. Kits can be completed in your own home, or can be brought to classes or workshops to be created with Brett’s help.

Brett’s site offers all you need to create mosaics from home – from a huge range of kits, tiles, tools & all the supplies you’ll need. You can even take mosaic lessons online! Supplies are delivered worldwide, or you can visit Brett at his studio by appointment.


TRISHA LAMBI is an award winning figurative artist known for her bold and sensuous yet haunting nudes. Of her work, Lambi says ‘Light and its effect on form is my inspiration and whilst I don’t particularly aspire to convey a conscious emotion in my work it seems to emerge of its own will’.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include her selection to represent Australia at the 2006 and 2007 Guangzhou Art Fair in China and her selection as a finalist in the 2012 Art Taipei International Competition. She was a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show and was selected as one of the Best Picks for Painting in the 2013 Dubai International Emerging Artist Award. An artist to look out for as her works continue to deliver a fresh perspective on contemporary figurative painting.

Trisha Lambi’s studio is in Karalee, overlooking the Brisbane River and is an easy 40-minute drive west of Brisbane City. Visitors are very welcome in her studio – simply call to arrange a suitable time.

Light and its effect on form has always been my inspiration and whilst I don’t particularly aspire to convey a conscious emotion in my work it seems to emerge of its own will.  There is emotion in my paintings which allows the viewer to see part of a story without knowing the whole of it: we see a glimpse, a moment in time, which make us wonder what is really going on. This is quite deliberate as I want the viewer to make their own analysis of the work.Colour has a huge impact on the emotions and I love to use it as a form of expression. Composition plays a large part as well – simplicity is powerful. In the painting Unveiled, experimenting with a monochrome palette has created a soft and gentle image, reflected in the thoughtful pose of the model. The composition is sparse and contributes to the overall quietude of the painting.  My paintings are not contrived: I do not set out to attach any symbolic significance to the flowers or props in my paintings; however during the course of the painting they unwittingly become so – to the degree that they become an important part of the composition.  


The Butter Factory Arts Centre is located in the Noosa hinterland at Cooroy, in a converted old butter factory that was built in 1930. The butter factory closed in 1975 and was purchased by Noosa Council for use as a community centre in 1991.  In 2016 Noosa Council handed the management of the centre over to the community.  The Butter Factory Arts Centre is run as an exhibition, workshop and events venue, which also includes a separate pottery studio, by the Cooroy Future Group.

 The Butter Factory Arts Centre aims to provide a friendly and supportive environment to both new and established artists working in any media, and welcome exhibition proposals from artists, collectives and curators for group or solo exhibitions in a single one, or combination of our gallery spaces.  We are committed to aiding artists in their experimentation and growth, as well as bringing exciting work to the public.  The gallery strives to create a sense of community amongst both exhibitors and viewers; a place where the arts are accessible and dynamic.  The Butter Factory Arts Centre is staffed and assisted by Friends of Mill Place volunteers.

Sonya has a sculptural career spanning 30 years, specialising in stone carving with bronze and alloy editions. Early themes were marine and birdlife inspired by a sailing lifestyle. She soon ventured into figurative art, finding joy in contemporary abstraction. Marble lends itself to the forming of fluid linessonya1 and minimalistic grace- an ongoing 30 contemplation. Beyond Australia her art resides in NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. The distinctive style that echoes through Sonya’s stone work covers diverse subject matter from representational figurative sculpture, to liquid like marine life such as Stingrays; or in contrast the strength and presence of the Horse. The human form lends itself to contemporary abstraction, Sonya leans into the stretching of reality expressing a modern art feel to the ancient art of hand carved stone.

The story line of the marble works are carried via non-linear lines, use of symbols and at times mythology and a stripped back essence of the subject matter to arrive at striking 3d designs.

As an artist, I wish to bridge the gap between the here and the ancestors who are depicted by the dots and their traditional stories. Creative expressions come from a place deep within the realms of consciousness; everyone is an artist in some way or another! Personally, I feel as though I’m just the receiver of information, which I then translate through various artistic practices. These works come through me… not from me! I want others to be inspired to find their own artist within. I feel it is my duty as an artist to share these stories by, creating images for people to connect with.


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The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 is one step closer to unveiling the winner of the acquisitive $25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, with the announcement of the 40 shortlisted artists and their works this week.

In 2016, our region’s prestigious national art award received more than 625 entries (up from 340) from across Australia. The award offers a total prize pool of more than $35,000 in three categories.

The 40 finalists will be showcased at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition to be held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 18 to October 2.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Arts and Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the growing reputation and increase in prizemoney for this year’s Art Prize had attracted a record number of entries.

“The profile of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize has grown significantly since it first started 11 years ago, and it is now seen as one of the nation’s leading regional art awards,” Cr Baberowski said.

“This is a great way to acquire art for our region’s collection.  The high standard of judging and excellent presentation of this award attracted entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists.

“Shortlisting 40 finalists from a record 625 entries is very challenging, but also means the finalists’ artworks are cutting edge and fantastically diverse.

“We have a thriving art culture here on the Coast and we attract many talented artists to live and visit, so it was exciting to see six local artists made it through to the list of finalists.

“This year’s judge, Tasmanian curator of the Glover Prize, as well as a Director of ‘New Audiences for Art’, Jane Deeth, will have the unenviable, but enjoyable task of selecting a winner for 2016.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the 40 finalists hanging in the Caloundra Gallery in August and equally to announcing who that winner will be at the official opening of the finalists’ exhibition on September 1.”

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, plus an artist residency, sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.

This year, the Highly Commended artist will receive a $5000 cash prize sponsored by the Proost De Deyne family.

A People’s Choice Prize is also on offer with the winner to receive $2500 thanks to Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 finalists:

Local artists: Jandamarra Cadd (Pomona, Queensland), Michael Cook (Parrearra, Queensland), Stefan Dunlop (Tinbeerwah, Queensland), Peter Hudson (Maleny, Queensland), Dasha Riley (Woombye, Queensland), AJ Taylor (Woombye, Queensland)

Other artists from around Australia:  Bryce Anderson (New South Wales), Nick Ashby (Queensland), Paul Bai (Queensland), Min Woo Bang (New South Wales), Bianca Beetson (Queensland), Chris Bennie (Queensland), Delwyn Blomberg (Queensland), Julie Bradley (ACT), Celeste Chandler (Victoria), Andrew Clarke (South Australia), Samuel Condon (Victoria), Gabrielle Courtenay (New South Wales), Matt Coyle (Tasmania), Prudence Flint (Victoria), Christian Flynn (Queensland), Patrick Francis (Victoria), Rew Hanks (New South Wales), Charlotte Haywood (New South Wales), Hyun-Hee Lee (New South Wales), Owen Leong (New South Wales), Belem Lett (New South Wales), Laith McGregor (New South Wales), Jennifer Mills (Victoria), Robert Moore (New South Wales), Deb Mostert (Queensland), Genevieve Felix Reynolds (New South Wales), Sam Scoufos (Queensland), Camille Serisier (Queensland), Wendy Sharpe (New South Wales), Tania Smith (Victoria), Jo St Baker (Queensland), Cyrus Tang (Victoria), Julian Thompson  (Queensland), Elizabeth Willing (Queensland).

The exhibition will open to the public on August 18 and the winner will be announced at the official exhibition opening on Thursday, September 1 at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is an acquisitive prize with the winning artwork to take its place in the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

For more details about the Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit council’s gallery website.

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