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.

Image: Kyra Mancktelow, Quandamooka, South Sea Islander, Covered Up, 2022, Ink Impression on Hahnemuhle paper. Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection, acquired 2022.

A note from the Director

This year has seen the Galleries, including Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Childers Arts Space host 26 exhibitions that were a mixture of Gallery-curated, large Touring, and solo exhibitions. We have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful institutions, including the Australian War Memorial, Jam Factory, and Museums and Galleries Qld, to bring exciting touring exhibitions such as Ink in the Lines, Jam Factory Icon: Tom Moore, and Three Echoes to our region.

The opportunity to be a Touring Partner for Design CQ and showcase this exhibition in Mackay and Brisbane, has also been a highlight on the Gallery calendar. Our commitment to showcasing emerging artists from our region has been exemplified in three exhibitions – Scrutiny by Siobhan Lowth, HERE + now, and Emergence, with the last exhibition of particular importance due to its role in showcasing young First Nations artists.

Following Emergence we are hosting two interesting touring exhibitions from Museums and Galleries Qld – Three Echoes in Gallery One, and Paint the Town: Qld Regional Art Award 2021 in Gallery Two. I am particularly excited about Paint the Town: Qld Regional Art Awards as I have just had the pleasure of being on the judging panel for this year’s awards, and was impressed by the standard of artworks submitted. With significant prize money on offer across a number of categories, the Qld Regional Art Awards gives established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland, an opportunity to be recognised at a state level and in a regional touring program.

When I took on the role of Gallery Director in 2020, I made a commitment to showcasing our regional artists, and I am very proud to say that within this year’s exhibition schedule, we have featured 101 artists from the Bundaberg region. To have such a high calibre creative community is a great asset for our region, and I am excited that the Galleries have been able to provide the space to promote this in 2022. Here’s to 2023, and the opportunity to shine an even greater spotlight on our arts community!

Rebecca McDuff
Gallery Director

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HERE + now 2022

14 August - 13 November

Featuring the works of 42 artists with a connection to our region.
Location: Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Now in its fourth year, the Here + now Exhibition is all about celebrating artists from the Bundaberg Region and showcasing our strong and vibrant arts community.

Artists: Alana Baxter, Ariella Anderson, Austin Bloesch, Barry Smalley, Carmel Birchley, Caroline Palmer, Cate Verney, Colleen Helmore, Debbie Bennett, Debra West, Donna Lamprecht, Edwina Rowan, Elaine Kirk, Elaine Lyons, Helen Robertson, Henrika Ambrutyte, Jassy Watson, Jennifer Kenny, John Olsen, Judith Hopwood, Julie Middleton, Kate Taylor, Kellie McHugh, Kris Baggetto, Lesley Perk, Maggie Spenceley, Malki Studio, Marilyn Batty, Marlies Oakley, Maxine Harwood, Melissa Christi, Necia Rosevear, Nicole Jakins, Philippa Milbank, Robert Andrews, Rosemary Anderson, Sabrina Lauriston, Vanessa Allegra, Virginia Hendren, Wendy Francis, Winfried Hoerr, Zahra Smith.


22 October - 20 November

Curated by Dylan Sarra and Bundaberg Regional Galleries
Exhibition opening: Friday 21 October, 5.30pm
Location: Gallery One + The Vault, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Emergence is a celebration of emerging arts practice by young First Nations people and collaborative peers from the Bundaberg region. Curated by Taribelang artist, Dylan Sarra, in collaboration with Bundaberg Regional Galleries, this pop-up exhibition is a showcase of work created over a four week immersive workshop period in two key secondary schools – Kepnock State High School and Bundaberg North State High School.

Responding to the theme of ‘Belonging’, the works in the exhibition were created by the artists in response to the stories and arts practice shared by Sarra. For many, it was their first foray into creative practice, and the power of the arts to give a voice to those who may find themselves not listened to.

The exhibition will embrace a variety of media from sculptural works to printmaking, all woven together through the creative direction of Sarra to form a cohesive whole.

Image: Sierra Hughes, BNSHS year 7 student. Collagraph on Fabriano paper. “The spiral is like cultural knowing. It starts off small and expands and grows... like a spark that gets bigger the more you work it.”

Three Echoes –
Western Desert Art

26 November - 15 January

Touring Exhibition by Museums and Galleries Queensland
Exhibition opening: Friday 25 November, 5.30pm
Location: Gallery One, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA, Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is a stunning exhibition exploring the poetic notion of echoes – how metaphorically and metaphonically we can echo a thought, a sentiment or a consciousness. In the 1970s Australian Aboriginal people from the desert began talking to the world through art, transferring their creation stories of the land and people to canvas. Now in the 2020s, this foundational echo is going back and forth. No longer a one-sided, outward calling, it reverberates multi-dimensionally within wider Australian and global communities.

Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Karin Schack and Andrew Arnott, and curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

Image: Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri (born c.1935 – 1987), Pintupi language group, Untitled, 1982, synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board, 38 x 76 cm. Photograph by Andrew Curtis. © the artist l Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Peep Show

26 November - 15 January

Adam Anderson
Exhibition opening: Friday 25 November, 5.30pm
Location: The Vault, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Peep Show is a voyeuristic installation by artist, Adam Anderson. Having just returned to Bundaberg after completing his PhD, Anderson’s practice incorporates masquerade performance, video, animation, projection, sound, drawing, photography and wearable art.

In this installation, created for The Vault, Anderson plays on the concept of peep shows as a voyeuristic titillation. The seduction of peep shows is created through the performer’s interaction with objects of fetishist power, such as masks, jewellery, and sumptuous fabrics, that tease and fluff the beholder’s imagination, daring them to be transformed by occulted ways of seeing oneself and the world. The installation explores the ability of peep shows to tear temporary holes in the homogeny of daily life, to provide respite, and to remediate perceptions of reality assures their price of admission is seldom too high.

Image: Adam Anderson, Bronze, 2019, performance still.

Paint the Town: Qld Regional Art Award 2021

26 November - 26 February

Touring exhibition by Museums and Galleries Queensland
Exhibition opening: Friday 25 November, 5.30pm
Location: Gallery Two | Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Audiences will be treated to an award-winning selection of regional Queensland talent in the exhibition Paint the Town. Paint the Town is the touring exhibition of the 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards, and coincides with Flying Arts Alliance celebrating 50 years of delivering visual arts projects and services to regional and remote Queensland.

Evoking the spirit of all things jubilant, exhibition artists have responded to the question – How do you celebrate? Is it serene or riotous – a party, a big bash, a festival, or a simple elegant affair? Does it display explosions of joy or quiet moments of reflection and gratitude; ceremony, tradition or ritual; a sense of occasion or ‘just because’?

The Queensland Regional Art Awards is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland.

Paint the Town, touring exhibition of the 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards, is an initiative of Flying Arts Alliance in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; and proudly sponsored by
Holding Redlich.

Image: Weston Campbell, Town Meets Town, 2021, photograph, 58 x 77cm, image courtesy the artist and Flying Arts Alliance
Photo: Louis Lim.

3 Cups Full

11 November – 5 February

Shelley Pisani, Fiona Dyer, Julie Middleton
Exhibition opening: Saturday 12 November, 3pm
Location: Childers Arts Space, 72 Churchill Street, Childers

30 years on from their graduating exhibition, artists Fiona Dyer, Julie Middleton and Shelley Pisani are reuniting to share the stories of what has kept their creative cup full through painting, textiles, ceramics and mixed media works. 3 Cups Full is a celebration of this journey and the people, places, conversations and memories that have inspired them in their arts practices.

Now living in Weipa, the Gold Coast and Bundaberg, the artists reunited for a residency at Kepnock State High School in April 2022 to begin the concept development process and draw their work together under the guidance of mentor Jennifer McDuff.

Image: Fiona Dyer – April Residency at Kepnock State High School. Photograph by Sabrina Lauriston.

Design CQ

28 October - 1 February

Curated by Shelley Pisani of Makers’ Shopfront and toured by Bundaberg Regional Galleries.
Exhibition opening: Friday 28 October, 4pm
Location: Machinery Street Gallery, QCA Galleries, Machinery Street, Bowen Hills

Design CQ is a showcase of 31 Queensland artists who participated in the CQ Shopfront project between 2019 - 2021. This project worked with Central Queensland artists and makers to build business and product development capacity. The exhibition includes the original work and products that participants have developed to take their creative businesses forward.
After the premiere of the exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Galleries in mid-2022, this exhibition toured to Mackay in September, and concludes with a showcase at the Machinery Street Gallery, in Brisbane. This showcase offers the artists involved in the project the opportunity to be exhibited in a metropolitan gallery space and to promote the strong arts community that exists throughout Central Queensland.

Artists: Adele Outteridge, Andrea Treloar, Annette Tyson, Billie Jo Ogilvie, Carolyn Stevenson, Debbie Bennett, Felicity Chapman, Fiona Flohr, Helen Hutton, Jane Marin, Jeanette Stok, Jennifer Hollstein, Judith Hopwood, Karen M Andersen, Kellie McHugh, Lalune Croker, Lois Shoebridge, Lorraine Maskell, Mari Hirata, Megan Spencer, Melissa Peacock, Michelle Black, Patricia Coleman, Pru Morrison, Rebecca Lewis, Samantha Ephraims, Sarah Larsen, Sheena Larsen, Shelley Engwirda, Shelley Pisani and Yvonne Wingrove.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Touring Queensland Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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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.

Wednesday 26 October
Emergence – Curated by Dylan Sarra + Bundaberg Regional Galleries
Time: 10 – 11am
Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin Street

Thursday 24 November
3 Cups Full – Shelley Pisani, Fiona Dyer + Julie Middleton
Time: 10 – 11am
Location: Childers Arts Space, 72 Churchill Street

Wednesday 30 November
Three Echoes – Touring Exhibition by Museums and Galleries Queensland
Time: 10 – 11am
Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin Street

Creative Crowd

Henna Art Workshop with Maxine Harwood

When: Wednesday 12 October, 6 – 8pm
Cost: $50 pp
Includes tuition, materials and light refreshments.
Maxine Harwood has been practicing her henna body art since 2010 as Henna by Goddess M. Maxine will be holding a two hour workshop at Bundaberg Regional Galleries. The workshop will consist of a history and henna and its uses, how to apply henna to the skin and some tips and tricks. You will learn basic techniques on paper before you create your own masterpiece on yourself! The workshop will include handouts, sample designs and a henna cone for each participant.

Christmas Creative Crowd

When: Wednesday 16 November, 6 – 8pm
Cost: $50 pp
Includes tuition, materials and light refreshments.
In our final creative crowd for the year, we are getting our ‘festive’ on!

Join us for a fun evening of celebratory creations!

Twilight Artisan Christmas Markets

Bundaberg Regional Galleries artisan Christmas markets are on again and are perfect for Christmas shopping!

Enjoy an evening with friends, browsing stalls of beautiful handmade goodies from local creatives, then pop into the gallery and have a look at the exhibitions.

A variety of buskers involved in the Sparks Starter Project will provide entertainment to make it the perfect summer evening.

Date: Friday 2 December
Time: 5 - 8pm
Location: BRAG Gallery Park, 1 Barolin Street, Bundaberg

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!