The Official Closing: Friday 18th January 2019, 1-3pm
Location: Artspace, Maroochydore Library
Exhibition Dates: 17 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Caloundra Regional Gallery and Sunshine Coast Libraries present the next exhibition for the Maroochydore Library Artspace. Local artist Marvene Ash explores the hinterland of Maleny and wide plains of Goondiwindi, exposing the beauty of both regions. A closing event for the exhibition will take place on Friday 18th January 2019, at the Maroochydore Library Artspace.
Cash bar at the closing event provided by Friends of Maroochydore Library. All welcome.

New gallery exhibition features award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre

Opening on December 13, Caloundra Regional Gallery is proud to present Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering, the first national touring exhibition of contemporary works by award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre.

From the Far North Queensland town of Cardwell, the 19 Girringun artists’ superbly handcrafted works, displayed alongside historical from the South Australian Museum and ephemera, including photographs, provide a unique opportunity for gallery visitors to view and engage with the distinctive Aboriginal rainforest art traditions and culture from the Girringun region.  

The artists’ ancestral tools, Bagu (body) with Jiman (sticks), were traditionally used to make fire, but today have been transformed into an iconic art form by the Girringun artists.

Made from clay, timber and string, and painted with ochres, these artworks evoke the spirit of the old people. 

The contemporary objects are instilled with newer values which reflect aesthetic taste, authenticity, economic pressures and an element of nostalgia.

Displayed side by side, the new and the old, the objects create a dialogue of contrast and of change.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Daniel Beeron, George Beeron Snr, Maureen Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Nancy Cowan, Nephi Denham, Sandra Escott, Tonya Grant, Judith Henry, Clarence Kinjun, Doris Kinjun, Abe Muriata, Alison Murray, Debra Murray, Emily Murray, John Murray, Ninney Murray, Sally Murray and Eileen Tep.

The exhibition will be on display until January 27, 2019.

Grab a unique gift at the gallery

Avoid the last-minute Christmas rush and head to Caloundra Regional Gallery for the final Friday3Live event of the year – the It’s a Wrap Artisan Market – on November 16 from 5.30-8pm.

Why not indulge in a little retail therapy and tick a few items off your gift list, meet the local makers and gallery store artists at the pop-up artisan stalls all while enjoying live music, complimentary snacks and drinks at bar prices.

Whether you love stationery, ceramics, jewellery, tea or homewares, there will be 15 amazing stalls to browse in addition to the gallery store.

Free gift wrapping will be available for your purchases.

Artisan stalls include:


RillP Design

Succulent Artistry

Tootzzi – jewellery

Rebecca Ward

Jan Roebuck


Pottery for the Planet

Tamaryn Goodyear

Asha Jane & Co

Aileen Greig

Sarah Sheppard

Mood Macrame

Coastal Studio


Friday3Live is held at the gallery on the third Friday of the month and includes a changing program of interactive activities, music, talks and performances.

For more details on all of the programs and workshops held at the gallery, visit the gallery website –

You can also follow the gallery on Facebook and Instagram.


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

The Long Story: Asia Pacific Collection

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.

Continues until 23 September, 2018

For more information on these and other QAGOMA programs visit


A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift

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.


Jack Oudyn, Tear juice 2006, collage, etched wax, shellac, water soluble oil paint and inks on Arches paper.

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.

Logan Art Gallery

He kakano ahau

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’.

19 October – 24 November 2018


PINERIVERS Braddy,-Joanne,-My-Soul,-70x-60,acrylic-on-canvas

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.

11 August 2018 – 10 November 2018


Image: Tyson Evans, Sandhill Crane 1997, oil on board.

Tyson Evans Scholarship 2018

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.

28 July 2018 – 18 August 2018


Jo St Baker – First Wave

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.

06 November 2018 – 01 December 2018

Caloundra Regional Gallery

Jandamarra Cadd: United Journey

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.

16 August to 14 October 2018


Image: Deborah Kelly & collaborators: Latai Funaki Taumoepeau from No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory), 2014.

No Human Being is Illegal: evolution

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.

20 July to 2 September 2018



Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering

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.


Connect 3

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.

22 June – 24 July 2018

Opening event:  Friday, June 22, 6pm – 8pm.


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.

5 June to 1 July 2018


35th Annual Competitive Art Competition— Hervey Bay Art Society

The Hervey Bay Art Society 35th Annual Regional Competitive Exhibition features Australian artists displaying work in seven categories.

3 August to 9 September 2018

26 July – 8 August 2018

Through the Stars is a unique portraiture exhibition presented in collaboration with Empire Revival (formerly known as the Paddington Antique Centre), where both the art and the furniture will be for sale.

Through the Stars aims to celebrate life’s authentic relationships by visually portraying the fault in our perception of digital relationships with celebrity figures.

The artworks spotlight the developments in digital, social and reality media, which have created a direct channel for users to engage with celebrity personas.

Artists’ @MCRT.Studio

White Canvas, 6 Byres St, Newstead.

A salty tale that inspires a new generation…

Award-winning Gold Coast author, Benjamin Allmon and Bundjalung-Yugambeh canoe maker, Kyle Slabb have collaborated with renowned photographer David Kelly and former ABC producer and filmmaker Jeff Licence to document their epic 70km three-day sea journey that follows an ancient First Nations maritime trade route in traditional canoes. This treacherous sea voyage has connected the Goories or Saltwater People across the water from the Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island for thousands of years.

The Saltwater Story documents Benjamin’s passage into a piece of First Nations culture that is rarely offered to someone outside of the Bundjalung/Yugambeh people. This voyage with Kyle and his family has resulted in a stunning documentary, a beautiful coffee table book, and an exhibition that launched in May at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast.

The inclusion of a unique group of young Bundjalung, Yugambeh and Quandamooka men in this project provides viewers with a rare insight into a rite of passage for the next generation. The result is a story of connection, collaboration and cooperation – not just between the Bundjalung-Yugambeh people and the Quandamooka people, but between generations, between black and white, between land, sky and sea. It is also a story of continuance – of ancient knowledge now held by just a few being passed to the elders of tomorrow.

A Voyage of Discovery

Producer and writer, Benjamin Allmon says: ‘This project has been the last four years of my life. Not long after becoming a Dad I realised that if my son asked me one day about the Indigenous history of the Gold Coast, I wouldn’t know what to say. So, I decided to find out. The book starts with this realisation, and goes from there, through years of research, to meeting Kyle, to making the traditional canoes together and then paddling them together. 

It follows how personally difficult reconciling the two cultures within a project is… and ultimately how rewarding. I am immensely proud that we made the canoes, and that I got to paddle the three-day journey alongside the next generation of Saltwater men… I am deeply and permanently changed by the experience, and I now have a story to tell my son – The Saltwater Story.’

The story tells of three brothers who arrived by sea in a canoe, establishing fresh water sites, tribal laws, bora rings and traditional knowledge for generations to come.

The Saltwater Story is a true collaboration utilising First Nations locations, government assistance and collaborators from across Australia to engage both the non-First Nation and First Nation communities to ensure this knowledge is transmitted to the next generation.

The book, e-book and DVD can be purchased at:

Keep an eye out for future screenings of The Saltwater Story later in the year.

An Interview with Jandamarra Cadd

An interview with Jandamarra Cadd

Jandamarra Cadd is a Sunshine Coast artist whose stunning portraits provide a moving message of unity, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians walk together, healing the wounds of the past.

Jandamarra has been a finalist in many major Australian art prizes, including the Archibald Prize in 2014. He is also an inspirational speaker who works closely with young Indigenous youth.

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Artists celebrate Australia’s landscape from Centre to Sea

Artists Yanni van Zijl and Trevor Purvis have combined their unique talents to exhibit a body of art work derived from their shared passion for the extremes of this vast country with the Centre to Sea exhibition these Easter holidays.

From the soft, gentle beauty of the seashore, through verdant forests to the harsh, unforgiving plains and deserts this exhibition takes you on an immersive art adventure through the Australian landscape.

The free exhibit will be on display at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Arts and Ecology Centre from April 5-15 from 10am-2pm, with a formal launch on Saturday April 7 from 2-4pm.

Children on the Sunshine Coast can also hear from these artists and be inspired as they share their travels and creative observations, as well as   have the opportunity to play with colour and texture, in both 2D and 3D, contributing to daily artworks

The children’s Art Adventure exploring the Centre to Sea exhibition will be held daily from   April 6-8 and again on   April 12-14 from 10am- 2pm. The adventure is free of charge and no registrations are required.

Families looking to explore the arts and ecology of the gardens can also discover art installations within the native bushland, or visit the interactive Whipbird Walk, nature-based playground.

Visit council’s website for more information about upcoming activities, events and exhibitions at council’s environment reserves.

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