DUETS: part deux is an exciting Creative Arts Gympie project pairing two local artists to create a new artwork.

Displayed over the Kings Long Weekend, Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October, these artworks encourage viewing artwork in non-traditional spaces throughout Gympie.  

Visual artist Cherryl Chambers – Williams and writer Jess Weiss are exhibiting a large collage on paper in the window of Twiga Books to be viewed at any time over the weekend. Inspired by artist John Wolseley, Cherryl and Jess have used a variety of media in their collaborative artwork “Wings of Life”, telling stories of birds and feathers to highlight their affinity to nature and the cycle of life.

Duets Grace Martin and local comedian Anna Brennan have created GIRT on Friday 29 September at the Gympie RSL Poppy Room. ‘GIRT’ is a free exhibition of B&W portrait photographs with an accompanying film, inspired by Gympie residents who have empowered Anna and Grace in the true sense of belonging.

Later Friday at 6pm Anna and Grace will host a panel discussion at the Rhythm Bar just a few steps down from the Poppy Room with a bar to purchase drinks and nibbles.

And there’s more! At 7pm Anna closes the night with a bang! Centralising around an (occasionally sweary) poetry reading, this will be Gympie’s own duet singing session with audience participation. Prize for the best duo! Get tickets at Humanitix.

Anna and Grace also calling all artists to be part of a side project – A4Art4e’ryone, Art4sale, Art4eva”. Submit up to 4 original artworks, unframed or framed in A4 size to be sold. Take your artwork to the Makers Corner, 11 Berrie Street Gympie by 17 September.

On Saturday night, 30 September, 6pm at the Perseverance Theatre Company Studio in Barter Street, join in “Dimensional Incursions” – an experiential festival-type event with digital projection of fractal images. Presented by electronic musician and video artist Ande Foster with jeweller and visual artist Frankie Barloc, repeated patterns are morphed and layered with video and sound effects where viewers become embedded within the film through a live feed. 

Check out Frankie’s framed original digital images at the Gympie Library from 10am Friday 29 – Saturday 30 September.

Also on Saturday night, local photographer Jazmyn Smith and visual artist Zela Bissett present “Mother/Daughter Earth”, in collaboration with a small group of young women from the Gympie Flexi School. They have worked together to create an original song and accompanying film clip, performed by the young women, as well as wearable art produced from organic, sustainable textiles, signifying their dedication to nurturing the environment.

On Friday and Saturday 10 am – 4pm you can visit the Gympie Regional Gallery on Nash Street to witness “Nest, Grief, Relief” by duets Tiarn Florence & Nia Estafania. Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Nesting is the process of deciding what you can live with when grieving.

Tiarn and Nia have constructed a dome like nest from recycled and natural materials within the gallery workshop space and features projected footage inside the dome. 

Keep the weekend free for all these events. Visit one or visit them all!

DUETS: part deux is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


Tunes & Tales 

Local event producer and project manager Elisa Seul from Elisa: People, Places & Events is delivering an exciting event that will showcase the talents of Rainbow Beach and surrounding area on Sunday September 24th at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. “Tunes & Tales” is a unique gathering of creatives and art enthusiasts, aiming to celebrate the power of arts and cultural expressions while fostering a strong sense of community networking.

Presented by the Creative Arts Gympie Region, through Australian Government funding as part of the Creative Gympie Event Series, this event promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees. The collaboration between local artists, performers, and event professionals demonstrates the immense talent and passion within the region’s creative community.

“The program for the event consists of two distinct parts,” Ms Seul said. “The first segment features a panel workshop tailored specifically for creatives. It aims to equip attendees with valuable insights on boosting the creatives industry, networking effectively, and establishing a strong presence in our region. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn from industry experts and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals.”


Gympie Studio Trails

Creative Arts Gympie Region (CAGR) presents Sunday Studio Drive, a community initiative that invites participants to embark on a series of bus tours to explore various artist studios within the Gympie Region.

Taking place alongside the Gympie Region Studio Trails, this unique event spans four (4) Sundays in July 2023.

Sunday 2 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Gympie Surrounds

Sunday 9 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Widgee, Woolooga and Goomeri

Sunday 16 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Gympie

Sunday 23 July, 7.30am – 4pm – Mary Valley


Bookings are essential as seats are limited.


Ticket prices include a return seat on the bus which is hosted by a local creative who will share stories and entertain, entry to select studios along the trail, a “Goodie Bag” with local produce, artisan products and promotional material, lunch and refreshments along the route

Bus departs and returns to Australian Institute of Country Music each Sunday.

Please bring cash for some studio purchases.

Note: bus may not accommodate all accessibility needs. Please contact organisers if unsure creativearts.gr@gmail.com


Tin Can Bay & Gympie Surrounds Tour
Sunday 2 July

On this tour, you will meet members of the Cooloola Potters Group and catch them at work. Then onto young creative Sarah Bartel’s pop-up studio from ‘Through the Makers Window’ to see her lovely bright watercolours.

Check out the infamous ‘Bone Museum’ and meet renowned visual artist Kerrie Atkins at her lovely property studio for morning tea. Then we’ll head to Jill McDonald’s Tin Can Bay Art Gallery to see her eclectic array of artworks.

Lunch will be at Rainbow Beach Pizza where you will see paintings by Net Rae Art, then a tranquil walk on the way home at Searey’s Creek.

Your storyteller along the way will be Sue Davis who has decades of experience as an educator, facilitator, guide and creative practitioner. Over the past 7 years she has developed extensive knowledge of SEQ wildflowers. Her wildflowering journey however started with art, culture and stories, including the stories of women she has come to call ‘wild/flower women’!

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp


Goomeri  Tour
Sunday 9 July

On this tour you will ‘bee’ entertained by Glenbo, local avid beekeeper. Glebo will share local stories of honey and bees, especially our local native bee populations and our wonderful world of regeneration through gardening and seasonal living. He might have some ‘bee’ puns to share!!

First stop will be Zela Bissett’s studio and garden, then off to ‘PK Steel Creations’ at The Dawn where you’ll see Peter Smith’s large scale steel sculptures. Then on to Milly Hine’s colourful artwork – ‘Art from the Heart’ property and studio at Widgee. There you will be treated to a painting workshop and morning tea. Next stop is ‘JungleRoom Art Studio’ to see latest paintings by Robert Nobilia.

Lunch will be at Goomeri Bakery and a quick walk along the historic town, main street then on to ‘Hibiscus House Gallery’ and the abstract art of Jacinta Kington, before returning back to Gympie.

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp.


Gympie & Southside Tour
Sunday 16 July

Start the day at Uniqueartz Studio, Trish and Graham Ramsay’s creative space, then onto the studio of multi award winning artist and educator, Jan Lawnikanis to see her floral watercolour paintings.

Pop around the corner to fashion designer Cindy Vogel’s studio for morning tea and to see how she dresses the music industry.

Then off to Pesart Studio and Des Spencer Art to soak in his colourful textured paintings and enjoy lunch in his outdoor garden studio.

We’ll head out to the studio of award-winning artist and tutor Pam Black to view her acrylic landscapes and moody watercolours.

Lastly, we’ll pop into trish Ramsay’s studio, then “Heart and Soul Sisters Creative Experiences”, to see how art can be used for emotional expression and a way to connect, reflect and regroup.

Be entertained with stories from artist and long-time Gympie resident Tammy Brennan who produces contemporary cross-artform works using text, music, movement, performance and site.


Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp.


Mary Valley Tour
Sunday 16 July

It’s an early start to Imbil with your guide, renowned artist Joolie Gibbs, chatting about her art practice, the use of botanical inks and her long relationship with the Mary River. www.jooliegibbs.com.au

At the Mary Valley Art Festival, you’ll be entertained at the annual Poet’s Breakfast, then a browse around entries for the Mary Valley Art Prize. The, we’ll pop into Art on Yabba Gallery and see paintings by Fiona Groom, and Stephen’s Recording Studio to understand the process of recording music.

Storyteller Ian Mackay will tell some funny and factual tales as we head to Kandanga Country Club for lunch and to see paintings by Pam Hopkins. We’ll walk around the lovely Kandanga Cemetery gardens and maybe take some rubbings from the old gravestones.

Finally, on the way home will detour to Raven Heart Art studio of Amanda Brierley at Tuchekoi to see her textural botanical paintings.

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 7.30am sharp.

We hope you enjoy your creative experience!