Art Collection on Show

Council is committed to enabling access to the Art Collection through a vibrant presentation of selected artworks on the walls of public and civic buildings, external loans and touring exhibitions, curated exhibitions, outreach opportunities and an online Art Collections database.

The Art Collection is currently on display in key locations across the region, including the public foyers of council's administration buildings, libraries, venues and community halls.

The Art Collection is also showcased at times in part through themed exhibitions at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. See information below for details of Art Collection exhibitions and displays.

At times, artworks are also loaned externally for specific exhibitions and displays to promote the Art Collection and the Sunshine Coast beyond the region. Council provides and seeks opportunities for effective Collection partnerships with other galleries, museums or groups. For more information, please contact the Collections Curator.


Current exhibitions

In FULL Colour: the Sunshine Coast through the eyes of an artist
4 March – 1 June 2019
Maroochydore Library Artspace

Caloundra Regional Gallery and Sunshine Coast Libraries present the exhibition, in FULL colour at the Maroochydore Library Artspace.

in FULL colour is an exhibition that delves into the holdings of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection to explore artists’ use of high-key colour palettes to depict their subjects, including the landscape, people and local produce.

With a thematic selection of paintings, photography and mixed media works drawn from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, in FULL colour offers a unique opportunity to view artworks that have rarely been displayed in public, by sixteen contemporary Australian artists; some local, some from outside of the region, including previous Sunshine Coast Art Prize winners. A focus is the Sunshine Coast’s environmental diversity and beauty, which is renowned for attracting and inspiring artists to capture the local landscape, flora and fauna.

The works on display will captivate audiences through their vivid colour schemes with renderings of distinct coastal architecture and landmarks such as the Moreton Sugar Mill; the rural farmlands and the Glasshouse Mountains; through to contemporary responses around themes of European colonisation and the displacement of First Nations people.

The Sunshine Coast Art Collection is a collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and textiles that has grown in strength over the past decade, particularly through the Sunshine Coast Art Prize for contemporary Australian Art, as well as the generosity of artist donations and select acquisitions. The Collection aims to reflect and celebrate the character and culture or our region and encourage enjoyment and awareness of the visual arts.


Past exhibitions

Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week displays
June – August 2018

Laith McGregor: Borrowed Time
8 March – 29 April 2018
On display as part of the Borrowed Time exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery is a suite of eight ceramic and mixed media sculptures by Laith McGregor, recently gifted by the artist to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

In Focus: Highlights from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection
Throughout February and March recent acquisitions and other selected works from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection will be displayed in publicly accessible locations within council buildings across the region. 

The Glass Houses
28 October 2017 – 27 January 2018
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery
In this exhibition view Joanne Currie Nalingu’s Glasshouse Mountains Triptych 2002 currently on loan from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. 

From the Mountains to the Sea: Sunshine Coast Stories
8 July – 19 August 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery

Re-View: Selected works from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection
26 April - 18 June 2017
Caloundra Regional Gallery

Sunday Drive
6 February - 23 March 2014
Caloundra Regional Gallery