ART THAT’S FREE FOR ALL
PUBLIC GALLERIES ARE HOME TO DIVERSE RANGE OF ART AND EXHIBITIONS
The Sunshine Coast is now a major community and therefore worthy of a substantial public art gallery. While we wait to see what our signature art gallery may look like, we can still enjoy wonderful art in the many public galleries dotted throughout the region.
Within an easy drive, these exhibiting spaces host a diverse selection of art and often touring exhibitions as well.
The Caloundra Regional Art Gallery is the public art gallery for the Sunshine Coast Council area, while Tewantin hosts the
Noosa Regional Gallery at the picturesque Noosa Marina.
There are also regional art galleries to the north at Gympie – housed in a delightful heritage building – and to the south is the purpose-built Hub at Caboolture (in the Moreton Bay region, but easily accessible).
Complementing the regional galleries are a number of other spaces open to the public at no charge.
The University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery is on the campus at Sippy Downs.
Nambour has the Old Ambulance Station which regularly hosts new displays, and Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre continues to be a great venue for the visual arts.
All these galleries host regularly changing exhibitions and events, so for the most up-to-date information, check out the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website and go to the ‘Exhibitions’ page.
Noosa Regional Gallery
Taste of Art: regional artists
Exhibition dates: until March 10
Taste of Art is the annual members’ exhibition and art prize hosted by the
Friends Noosa Regional Gallery. This highly anticipated event highlights the rich and diverse creative talent on the Sunshine Coast. The winning artwork is: 2D – Trevor Purvis, Bush Camp on the Parroo, 2018: oils on board; 3D – Fiona Cuthbert O'meara, Undergrowth, 2018: ceramic installation.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery Dissonant Rhythms: Ross Manning Exhibition dates: until March 31 Dissonant Rhythms is Brisbane-based artist and musician Ross Manning’s first survey exhibition. Best known for his use of everyday materials, Manning’s exhibition features sculptures that re-purpose ceiling fans, fluorescent tubes and overhead projectors.
Propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces, Manning’s works engulf the entirety of spaces they exist in, capturing viewers in mesmerising experiences with light and sound. Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy A survey exhibition: Wolfgang Lämmle Exhibition dates: until February 26
This internationally acclaimed “Master of Light” has a colourful history in the arts. German-born Wolfgang Lämmle gives us a peek into his masterful collection – perhaps for the last time. A leading impressionist, Lämmle has been a sought-after teacher and Master of Light internationally. A recent health diagnosis for Wolfgang means that studio time is limited and he is now enjoying residing in the Cooroy hinterland.
Gympie Regional Gallery
Prismatic Pachyderms: Sarah Larsen Exhibition dates: until February 23
Prismatic Pachyderms is an interactive analogy by central Queensland artist Sarah Larsen that explains the impact of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, through the world of elephants, to create a deeply personal exhibition. Larsen has drawn on her childhood experiences growing up in Africa and her family’s experiences with ASD to create this inspirational and deeply personal exhibition.
DEEPLY PERSONAL: Gympie Regional Gallery has Sarah Larsen's Buella Mysterium on display as part of her Prismatic Pachyderms exhibition. ABOVE LEFT: Taste of Art 2D prize winner Trevor Purvis with Bush Camp on the Parroo.