Arts Radar: Winter 2023

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Discover exciting new exhibitions at the Sunshine Coast’s leading galleries, studios and arts centres!



Saltwater Dreaming
This is Aunty Hope O’Chin’s (Kabi Kabi /Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka, Koa, Gugu-Yalanji) story of the first surfer – the Dolphin – and the board surfers of the waves, and how both co-inhabit on the shores of her Country. A visual example of humans and other species working together to maintain the ecosystems of the coastal region.

Ghost Net Sculptures from Pormpuraaw

Created by Christine Holroyd, Christine Yantumba, Michael Norman, Mylene Holroyd, Steven Kepper and Syd Bruce Shortjoe, these artworks utilise recycled materials, in particular nets that have been dumped by commercial fishing boats, causing significant environmental harm. Four of these works were exhibited in Australia/Defending the Oceans: Ghost Net Sculptures at The Paris Aquarium and the United Nations in Geneva in 2017.

22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
Ph: 5420 8299



Together We Stand
Celebrating 20 years of NAIDOC on the Sunshine Coast, this is a collaborative art project developed by First Nations creatives from the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) South East Queensland North (SEQN) region to keep connected and creating during COVID-19.

44 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore
Ph: 5475 8989 



Natural Affinity
This exhibition aims to inspire conversation around ecology and sustainability, exploring meaningful attachments between nature and art. As artists and teachers at TAFE Queensland East Coast, these 10 artists strive to bridge creative gaps in how we interact with and understand Nature, and help others make relevant connections through the power of visual arts. From drawings and ceramic art to contemporary photography, printmaking and painting, the artwork encourages viewers to consider our intertwined relationship with Nature.

80 Howard Street, Nambour 



Country & Landscapes
Our landscapes have been incredible sources of inspiration for creative people, whether it is the sheer beauty of the vast views, the feelings they bring, the familiarity of the places we call home or the connection to country. This exhibition showcases local artists’ perspective of native country, landscapes and places.


Still Life
To be still can be quite a challenge in our modern lifestyle, one that must be learned to appreciate the fleeting moments of life. A beautiful portrait or still life – whether a photograph, an illustration or a painting – has the power to transcend language and stir emotions. These unique captured moments in time, depicted forever on canvas, create a time capsule that can allow us to remember the laughter or music, to smell the rain and the grass, or to experience the soul and bustle of vibrant places.

2 Stevens Street, Yandina
Toni – 0414 687 895 / Alicia – 0437 141 786


26 AUGUST; 2, 9 & 16 SEPTEMBER

Symbols of Reverence
Journey through a world of symbolism and meaning at the Symbols of Reverence Oceanic tribal art exhibition. Uncover the spiritual and cultural significance of these masterful works that pay tribute to the diverse beliefs and traditions of indigenous cultures. Opening Night, 26 August, 5pm to 7pm; September viewings, 9am-12pm or by appointment.

47-51 Lysaght Street, Coolum Beach
Ph: 0407 565 900 


12 JULY, 10.30AM – 2.30PM

This collaboration with Palm Creek Estate will deliver a two-course Italian lunch with canapés, champagne and fine wine; live music, artist commentary and exhibition of new works by Amy Clarke, whose abstract paintings are closely connected to the landscape. Amy sees painting as ‘part play’ where she can tap into childhood memories of making and playing in the Australian bush. This is a ticketed event not to be missed!

Event Venue: Palm Creek Estate
116 McCords Rd, Yandina Creek
Ph: Cool Art Gallery on 5471 7366



Compositional Utterances
This is a site-responsive, collaborative exhibition by three artists whose material-led practices share feminist and ecological concerns. Working together as friends, collaborators and peers, Mandy Quadrio, Susan Hawkins and Jan Oliver will bring together an immersive installation with their chosen materials, from sea grass, bull kelp and ochres to domestic and industrial objects.

Intimate Immensity
Exhibiting subtle and evocative works on paper, panel and sculpture, Ian Friend reflects the work of Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space with his own archaeology of place, time and memory.

90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs
Ph: 5459 4645



Buderim Winter School
Nine days of artistic creativity and inspiration under the fig trees of Buderim hill. A biennial program of art workshops and masterclasses led by renowned tutors inside the historic Buderim Craft Cottage. Workshops cater to beginner and expert levels. Registration opens 2 April.

5 Main Street, Buderim
Ph: 5450 1714

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SAVE THE DATE! 9 December, 9am-3pm @stevensstreetgallery for their Christmas Market!

Discover 20+ makers showcasing unique art, ceramics, jewellery, and more from the region`s finest artisans.

Shop local and creative this Christmas for the perfect gifts. Don`t miss free workshops and entertaining programs.

Every purchase supports local artists and boosts the creative community. A festive day trip awaits, filled with creative spirit!

Join @headspacemaroochydore for a powerful workshop - Work on Your Worries

Is anxiety holding you back? Let`s break free! If negative thoughts are on repeat or decision-making feels like a challenge, this workshop is your game-changer. Hosted by the amazing headspace GP, Dr. Amanda.

When: Monday, December 11th, 2-4pm
Where: YouConnect Hub (Warehouse) @ headspace Maroochydore

Ready to reframe those thoughts and conquer anxiety? Register now via the link in the bio or call 5409 4900 and kick those worries to the curb!

Get ready to time-travel through art history @caloundraregionalgallery ! From 8 December, 2023, to 21 January, 2024, join the ultimate print party curated by Kyoji Takizawa from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts!

Dive into the wild world of ten artists who flipped the script on contemporary art using prints in the 1970s!

Thanks to the magic of the Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, this show is an art extravaganza you won`t want to miss!

Time to rediscover prints and redefine your art journey! (link in bio)

Get ready for a festive double feature at @eumundimarkets !

Friday 8 December - Christmas Night Market from 4-8pm! Immerse yourself in the holiday magic with dazzling lights, festive treats, and a FREE climbing wall for the kiddos!

Then, on Saturday 9 December at 9am, join for a Saturday Market day like no other! Join the Christmas Card Workshop – a merry morning of creativity, crafts, and spreading holiday cheer!

Mark your calendars for a weekend of joy and jolly vibes!

Get ready to jingle all the way at the 59th Annual Peregian Beach Carols – the Coast`s OG carolling extravaganza on Wednesday 20 December.

This year, the dynamic trio of @peregianfamilyandfriends , @thevillageperegianbeach and @peregiansurfclub are teaming up to make your holiday season merry and bright in Peregian Park!

What`s on the festive menu?
- Live beats and carol classics by local bands, solo stars, and dynamic duos
- Foodie delights and artisan stalls to snag those last-minute Christmas goodies
- Kid-friendly fun, including face painting for the little elves
- A special sky-diving Santa soaring onto the beach (around 6pm, weather ready!)
- And hold onto your reindeer hats for a surprise grand finale at 8pm!

To unwrap all this awesomeness, just throw in a jolly $15 per family – covering EVERYTHING, from tunes to the main man himself, Santa!

Let`s make it a Peregian party to remember – see you there! (link in bio for tickets)

Sleigh bells are ringing! Have you booked your spot yet?

Join us @coolumbeer on Thursday, 7 December, as the @coolum_business_and_tourism community jingle and mingle to celebrate the merriest time of the year!

Let`s wrap up the year with a dash of holiday cheer and join your Coolum Business and Tourism community for an unforgettable evening, marking the official start of the silly season!

Secure your ticket now for a holly, jolly time by clicking the link in our bio!

Date: Thursday, 7 December, 2023
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Coolum Beer Co. | Unit 1, 2 Junction Drive, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

Tickets: Members $35.00 | Non-Members $45.00