Immerse yourself in the Sunshine Coast art scene with these savvy, surprising and spirited exhibitions!
1Q290 CONNECTING STORIES
The following exhibitions are part of the Connecting Stories initiative collectively showcasing First Nations’ artists in regional galleries across South East Queensland. Connecting Stories has been developed by the Creative Arts Alliance in partnership with Blaklash Creative and the South East Qld North (SEQN) Galleries Networks, and is supported by SEQN Regional Arts Services Network, funded by Arts Queensland.
USC ART GALLERY
90 Sippy Downs Dve, Sippy Downs
Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-1pm
Country In Mind
Showing until 31 July
The art of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a modern vibrant expression of many Indigenous nations. Representation of Country is full of associative information connecting the past, present and future which always begins with Country in mind. This exhibition focuses on work from the central desert,
the Kimberley to the northwest, Arnhem Land and the offshore islands in the far north and explores the continuum among communities who make work about Country while also delving into the idiosyncrasies of individual artistic expression. Curated by Christopher Bassi.
CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY
Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-2pm
22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
ALSO AT CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY
Up Late Workshop: Surf art with Amanda Davidson
Friday 11 June, 6pm
Join local artist, Amanda Davidson for an ocean-inspired art workshop over a fun evening where you will be guided to create your own ‘surf art’ masterpiece! $80 per person (inc. materials) Bookings essential.
Coastal Connections: beach culture past to present
Until 20 June
Beach culture is embedded in our nation’s identity, shaping our lifestyle, fashion and art. The exhibition contemplates the significance of the coast to the Australian psyche, diving into our love affair with the sea, sand and surf.
Gallery Store Pop-Up Feature Artisan: Lyn Sanderson
Until 20 June
Local artisan Lyn Sanderson hand-makes cyanotype photographic prints using plants from Currimundi Lake area. Lyn’s cyanotype artworks and cyanotype crafted jewellery are stunning and unique gifts.
NAIDOC 2021: Culture Remembered; Revitalised; Reactive
Friday 25 June – Sunday 15 August
Celebrating First Nations and NAIDOC week, the exhibition honours the oldest continuing culture in the world with stories, dance and art.
Based on the NAIDOC theme: Heal Country, the works on display are drawn from public and private collections and include artefacts, cultural works, art installations and artworks which remember, revitalise and react towards the telling of First Nation’s history and combined histories.
OLD AMBULANCE STATION, NAMBOUR
80 Howard St, Nambour
In-Between: Rewinding Life’s Thread: Mieke van den Berg
17 July-21 August
A multi-media and performative exploration of time in relation to the
space inside and outside the body. Using video, projection, drawing, movement and language, Mieke investigates the perception of ‘Self’ through repetition, layers, absence and connection.
ARTS AND ECOLOGY CENTRE, MAROOCHY REGIONAL BUSHLAND BOTANIC GARDEN
51 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha
Open Studio –
Artist in Residence with Libby Derham
Presented by Creative Spaces Sunshine Coast, setting up a temporary studio at the Arts and Ecology Centre, watercolour artist Libby Derham translates bird song into art. Mapping the diversity of species and song found around the Lagoon Walk at the Botanic Gardens, Libby creates sensory scrolls and watercolours on paper and recycled envelopes. Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens will also present workshops, talks and guided walks, along with a display focusing on birds and promoting wildlife in your garden.
OLD LOCK UP, MAROOCHYDORE
4 First Avenue, Maroochydore
Creative Spaces (in Residence)
Curator Professional Development Program exhibition
A new and dynamic contemporary art exhibition presenting the culmination of learnings from program participants Petalia Humphreys, June Sartracom, Nicole Voevodin-Cash, Mieke van den Berg and Courtney Scheu.
77 Bulcock St, Caloundra
Until 1 July
A series of LANDscan images captured through rubbing and scanning surfaces. LANDscanning is a process-based artform, and the artist carries a scanner or hand-held photocopier that allows her to capture any surface of interest through rubbings and scans to create digital imagery of what is left behind and to make visible the overlooked remnants of the everyday.
1 July-2 August
Kym transposes images of plants in her garden in a stained-glass window-like series of images to glorify their beauty in the same way icons are represented in the stained glass of churches and as a gentle reminder of the wonders of nature and the need to protect our precious environment.
ARTSPACE, MAROOCHYDORE LIBRARY
Sixth Ave, Maroochydore (upstairs)
Magicality 1: Interplay of Lights and Shadows:
Until 2 July
Christine Hopkins uses vibrant colours to explore and exaggerate the elements of light and shadows on various subjects. Presented by Caloundra Regional Gallery in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Libraries.
THE GREAT WALL – PLACEMAKING ACTIVATION
Sunshine Coast Council Eddie De Vere Building forecourt Cnr Currie & Bury Sts, Nambour
Inspired by the ‘Golden Ratio’ design concept used by architect James Birrell in the Eddie De Vere Building, native flora including town namesake, the Namba Tree, (or ‘Bottle Brush’), is abstracted and composed to guide the eye around the forecourt. Simplified forms from other local species contribute to the mural’s layers with a nod to the area’s rainforest pockets and vibrant energy of the busy public space.
ART ON CAIRNCROSS – online!
After 26 years, one of the region’s longest running commercial art galleries, Art on Cairncross has closed its Maleny gallery. Jane and Tony, who have contributed