Caloundra Regional Gallery closure allowed for much-needed restoration

The closures of gallery due to COVID-19 has provided time to undertake work it hasn't been able to focus on in its 20-year history.

Caloundra Regional Gallery director Joe Duke said, “It was about time to start restoration work on the valuable Sunshine Coast art collection."

While art classes moved online, the closure of the Gallery has provided the collections curator Nina Shadforth (pictured) with the time and the space to undertake conservation work on the collection, including a piece by indigenous artist Paul Calcott and a 5.9m long and 2m wide quilt. The quilt took 25 women from the local community two years to complete.

For many years, it hung on the wall of the Nambour Civic Centre (now the cinema complex in C-Square).

The quilt was folded and put away five years ago after the Sunshine Coast Council decided to close down its operation of the centre.

"The quilt has been in storage for the last five years so it is wonderful to get the work up and professionally photographed," Nina said.

"We have also been able to do an extensive examination of the artwork, checking its condition and make a conservation plan to address some fraying and damage to the back support fabric."