Bundaberg Regional Council acknowledges the traditional country of the Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai Peoples and recognise that this country has always been and continues to be of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance. We recognise the thousands of generations of continuous culture that have shaped this country and the people on it.

Ron Hurley is recognised as one of the country’s leading contemporary Aboriginal artists, as well as being a passionate activist and advocate, recognised for his contribution to the emergence of Indigenous Australian art and cultural expression. In 1994, Hurley wrote “I want to paint pictures that tell little-known stories about my people - and there is no limit to the number of those personal histories”.

Recognised as one of Hurley’s finest works, Portrait of George Everett Johnson depicts Johnson, a Gooreng Gooreng man who Hurley described as a ‘human encyclopedia in terms of the intimate knowledge he possesses of the Gooreng Gooreng people’s history’. In this artwork, Hurley uses gold leaf to present Johnson as a religious icon - a statement about the colonial process of assimilation in Australia, and how this process created martyrs out of the people it was trying to destroy.

Image: Ron Hurley, Portrait of George Everett Johnson, 1989, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 121 x 166cm. Courtesy of the Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection.

A note from the Director

Welcome to 2022! How exciting to be embarking on another year of inspiring exhibitions at Bundaberg Regional Galleries.

2021 was certainly a momentous year for the Galleries, with twenty-two exhibitions being hosted over our two Galleries in Bundaberg and Childers. In addition to this, the Galleries engaged in innovative programming, including The Artist Table events, Friday Sessions, and the Creative Crowd, which welcomed new gallery-goers through our doors.

In 2022, we plan to keep the pace up, starting with The JamFactory Icon Tom Moore: Abundant Wonder opening on the 11 February 2022. In line with 2022 being commemorated as the UN International Year of Glass, this exhibition features the work of Tom Moore – one of Australia’s leading glass artists. Moore is described by the Art Gallery of WA as ‘arguably Australia’s most humorous and out-there glass artist’ and this exhibition does not disappoint. Across Gallery One, viewers will be taken into the colourful and quirky world created by Moore with this hybridised animal / plant sculptures. The playful titles of the works, including ‘Pufferfish Kangaroos’, ‘King Flame Fish’ and ‘Leafy Potato Fish Car’ give a glimpse at fun nature of the exhibition, and the creativity that the artist has shown with his blown and solid glass creations.

Continuing to explore the playful nature of contemporary sculpture, A grand display by Melbourne based artist Troy Emery sits in The Vault. Emery, well-known throughout Australia for his use of textiles to create large-scale animal sculptures has worked with the Gallery to create this one-off installation for our space, and it is not to be missed.

These two exhibitions are complimented by Form – an exhibition of sculptural works from the Bundaberg Regional Galleries collection. In this exhibition some exciting new additions to the Collection will be revealed, which have not been previously seen in the Gallery.
Continuing the storytelling at our Childers Arts Space is Myths and Legends of the Australian Bush. This exhibition, featuring works by artists from the Childers Visual Arts Group, is pure joy, and definitely warrants a trip to Childers to view. Each artist in the exhibition has worked on their individual interpretation of Australian bush legends, myths, creature and eccentricities, and the resulting multi- media exhibition will speak to all visitors.

In addition to these great exhibitions, we have Beetles taking over Imaginarts space, Messy Myrtle and her toy making taking over Gallery Park, tea and scones for our Art Walkers, and inspirational Creative Crowds for our makers and doers! There is certainly something for everyone as we kick off 2022, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Galleries!

Rebecca McDuff
Gallery Director

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13 November - 6 February

Gallery curated
Location: Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Florence celebrates the iconic designer Florence Broadhurst, and her strong ties to the Mount Perry and Bundaberg regions.

This exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Rebecca McDuff, with the generous support of the Mount Perry Arts Society Inc., tells the story of the early years of Florence Broadhurst and how the cultural tapestry of the region in the early twentieth century influenced the creative, independent, successful woman that Florence became.

Born at Mungy Station, near Mount Perry in 1899, Florence went on to live an extraordinary life, renowned for her flamboyance and creative approach to reinventing herself, up until her death in 1977. Her strongest legacy is her wallpaper patterns, which are still being used in interior design on an international scale to this day.

These patterns have also influenced fashion designers such as Akira Isogawa, Nikki Zimmermann, Kate Spade and Karen Walker, and examples of this cross-over into the fashion world will be a highlight of the exhibition, through collaboration with fashion anthropologist and owner of the Darnell Collection, Charlotte Smith.

Dressing Glad

13 November - 6 February

Curated by Shelley Pisani
Location: The Vault, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

In 1929, Gladys Moncrieff asked “gallery girl” Elsie Wilson to go on tour with her to help out behind stage as a dresser. That role lasted for 46 wonderful years and over that time, they became life-long companions.

Step into the dressing room and sit and admire the immeasurable singing talent of Bundaberg-born operetta and musical comedy performer Gladys Moncrieff. Hear first-hand from an ABC interview with Elsie, what it was like to be on the road with Gladys and her journey from humble beginnings in Bundaberg to becoming one of the most famous and loved singers of her time.

Image: “Gladys Moncrieff in Katinka”, from the collection of the Our Glad Association, donated by Stuart Green who purchased a collection of items from Don McPhee, the former manager of JC Williamson. Photographer unknown. Interview with Elsie Wilson reproduced by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Library Sales © 1979 ABC.

Wildflowering by Design

13 November - 30 January

Group exhibition curated by Dr Susan Davis
Location: Gallery Two, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Wildflowering by Design seeks to explore contemporary responses to our botanical and wildflower heritage with female artists creating new work across the art and design spectrum.

Inspired by the her-stories of groundbreaking wild/flower women Kathleen McArthur and Vera Scarth Johnson, and designer Florence Broadhurst, female artists from Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and beyond transform the delicate beauty of our native wildflowers into new, reimagined works, and a dynamic exhibition experience. Artists: Julie Appo & the WildCrafters, Nicole Jakins, Marlies Oakley, Shelley Pisani, Edith Rewa, Cara Ann Simpson, Marni Stuart, Emma Thorp, Annette Tyson and Cate Verney.

This exhibition is being supported by Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Bundaberg Regional Council. It is also being supported by Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and Fraser Coast Regional Council through its RADF Program. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Image: Nicole Jakins, Rising (from the ashes), 2021, Cyanotype print [double exposure with eucalypt dye resist, single exposure] on handmade Khadi cotton rag paper, sun clay, test tubes, hand-cut office waste aluminium.

Image: Shelley Pisani, Coonarr She Oak Vessel 1, 2, 3, 2021, Stoneware with monoprinted underglaze.

JamFactory Icon
Tom Moore:
Abundant Wonder

12 February - 3 April

Exhibition opening: Friday 11 February, 5.30pm
 Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

JamFactory’s Icon series celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most influential visual artists working in craft-based media. Tom Moore is one of Australia leading glass artists and over the course of his career has carved out a singular voice within Australian glass art making.

His engaging, sophisticated and technically challenging hybridised animal/plant sculptures and the fantastical worlds they inhabit are deeply embedded in the history of glass making and scientific discovery.

Image: Tom Moore, Jackknife, 2020, hot joined blown and solid glass with steel and silicon, 510 x 180 x 130 mm, photographer: Grant Hancock.

A grand display

12 February - 3 April
Troy Emery

Exhibition opening: Friday 11 February, 5.30pm
 The Vault, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

A grand display is a sculptural installation by renowned Australian artist, Troy Emery. Developed for The Vault, this installation will feature Emery’s iconic textile sculptures.

Emery’s artworks examine the discourse surrounding how the history of our relationship with animals is underpinned by our ability to give meaning to them and use them in allegory and metaphor. As an artist, he is interested in the boundaries between fine art, museums, natural history, craft, and the domestic space, seeing the animal form as crossing between each of these.

Currently residing in Melbourne, Emery’s work is held in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, City of Townsville, Goulbourn Regional Art Gallery, Deakin University Art Museum, Macquarie University Art Gallery, and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Troy Emery is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

Image: Troy Emery, And, as far as we know, there are no living beings on Mars, 2021, cotton rope, polyurethane, adhesive, timber, screws, pins 49 x 50 x 29 cm. Right: In reality, we do not have enough evidence to conclusively determine which, if any, of these theories, is accurate 2021 cotton rope, polyurethane, adhesive, timber, screws, pins 50 x 51 x 32 cm. Photo: Troy Emery.

Myths and Legends of the Australian Bush

5 February - 20 March
Childers Visual Arts Group

Exhibition opening: Saturday 5 February, 3pm
 Childers Arts Space

Myths and Legends of the Australian Bush is about the stories, myths, creatures and the eccentricities that showcase the unique humour and tales of the Australian bush.

For the exhibition, each artist provided an individual interpretation of Bush legends, thereby producing a series of mini exhibitions within the greater whole. Art journals, used to record and develop ideas, and narrate the individual artistic journey, are also featured in the exhibition as unique works.

Image: Kym Connell, Magpie Goose, mixed media.


12 February - 27 March
Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection

Exhibition opening: Friday 11 February, 5.30pm
 Gallery Two, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Form is a celebration of the sculptural works from the Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection.

As an Element of Art, the term ‘Form’ denotes something that is three dimensional and encloses volume, having length, width, and height. This exhibition showcases key sculptural pieces that embody the idea of ‘Form’.

Image: Kayo Yokoyama, Where it Begins #1, 2015, blown glass and metal. Courtesy of the Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection.

The Isolation
Beetle Project

12 February - 3 April
Kym Latter

Exhibition opening: Friday 11 February, 5.30pm
 Imaginarts, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Fraser Coast artist, Kym Latter, used the tedium of the 2020 lockdowns to create, connect and share artwork utilising reclaimed materials. She challenged her Facebook followers every day for one month, providing prompts and ideas for reusing and recycling materials. This exhibition showcases Kym’s whimsical work during that month, but is a reminder of the 500-strong group of people that joined her to connect and create in a time of isolation.

This is a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) project in partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Image: Kym Latter, Isolation Beetles, 2020, recycled materials.

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Women’s Day Event

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality.

Bundaberg Regional Galleries invites you to join us for an evening at the gallery, led by inspirational female speakers, as we #breakthebias on International Women’s Day 2022.

Date: Friday 4 March

Time: 6.30 - 9pm

Cost: $80pp | includes canapes and drinks package | 18+ event

Location:  Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery 

Join us for a relaxed night of fun in Gallery One! Our guest artist will guide you through a variety of media techniques to create your own artwork. You and your friends will be creating artworks while immersed in an exhibition – you can’t get more inspired than that!

Date: Wednesday 16 March

Time: 6 - 8pm

Cost: $45 per person | includes tuition, materials and light refreshments

Location: Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery


Outdoor Art Room holiday fun is back with FREE school holiday fun! Join Messy Myrtle at the gallery for STEAM activities where you can make your own toys from paper. There will be a different set of activities each week, ranging from flapping and jumping toys, to the weirdest-looking paper airplane (with a surprisingly long flight time). Activities designed for 5 - 12yrs.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Date: Tuesday 11 + 18 and Thursday 13 + 20 January
Time: 10am - 1pm

Childers Arts Space

Date: Wednesday 12 + 19 January
Time: 10am - 1pm

Art Walk

Our monthly Art Walks provide a deeper insight into our exhibitions and the artworks in them. A ‘peek behind the curtain’, looking at the artists, the curators and the themes presented in displayed work. Join us afterward for a light morning tea and a chat. Ages 16+

Wednesday 23 February

Time: 10am – 11am
Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
Exhibition: JamFactory Icon Tom Moore: Abundant Wonder + A grand display – Troy Emery

Thursday 24 February

Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
Location: Childers Arts Space
Exhibition: Myths and Legends of the Australian Bush – Childers Visual Arts Group

Wednesday 23 March

Time: 10am – 11am
Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
Exhibition: Form – Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Library

“A library is infinity under a roof.”
- Gail Carson Levine

Have you discovered our library, hidden away, under the stairs? The shelves are lined with books about art and artists, and they are all available to borrow using your Bundaberg Regional Libraries card. Choose your book from the shelves and make yourself comfortable in the library space for some pure escapism! Or take your books to our friendly reception staff who will check the books out with your library card. Normal borrowing times apply.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin St, Bundaberg

Opening hours
Mon to Fri 9.30am – 5pm
Sat and Sun 10am – 2pm

Friday Session

Our Friday Session is the perfect way to finish your week, catch up with friends and enjoy the gallery ambience. There is a guest artist every month for light entertainment, and drinks are available for purchase from the bar. Get your friends together and check it out! This is a free event, no bookings required.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin St, Bundaberg

Date: Friday 25 February + Friday 25 March

Time: 5 - 7pm

Gallery shops

Find bespoke, unique gifts and support local artisans!

Childers Arts Space
72 Churchill Street
Mon to Fri 9am – 4pm
Sat and Sun 9am – 3pm
Free entry – all welcome!

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin Street
Mon to Fri 9.30am – 5pm Sat and Sun 10am – 2pm
Free entry – all welcome!

Regional Arts
Development Fund

RADF was established in 1991 and continues to support professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland. The RADF program focuses on the development of quality art and arts practice for, and with, regional communities. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities.

RADF Community Grants program
A community funding pool is offered annually over two rounds or until expended. Round 1 opens Monday 13 September 2021. Closes 4pm AEST Friday 25 February 2022 (for projects commencing after 25 April 2022). Round 2 opens Monday 2 May 2022. Closes 4pm AEST Friday 29 July 2022 (for projects commencing after 26 September 2022).

RADF Quick Response Grants
Open each month for funding up to $2000 for eligible projects and activities. Please direct your enquiries concerning the Quick Response Grants to Councils RADF Officer on 1300 883 699 or email radf@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Image: Simon Degroot, Build, Connect, Grow,
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Carpark.