Art Collection News

Media releases, articles and news about the Art Collection. 

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection

    Another exciting artwork that has recently been added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, is mixed media work What Einstein said about bees by local artist and Sunshine Coast Art Prize finalist, Miles Allen. More.

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection

    Contemporary abstract and landscape artist and educator, Kym Barrett is the most recent Queensland artist to be represented in the Sunshine Coast Art Collection through gifting her work: Today I’m Flying LowMore.

  • Art collection on show | Highlights from the First Nations Art Collection

    Now showing at Council’s Customer Service centres and at Sunshine Coast library branches. A diverse region-wide display of artworks from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, profiling First Nations artists in celebration of this year’s NAIDOC theme: ‘Heal Country’. More.

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection - Laurie Oxenford and Pamela See

    Reform V1 by Laurie Oxenford and Border Crossing by Pamela See were both part of a state-wide call to commission QLD artists to reinterpret the humble traffic cone into contemporary art forms for the recent Constructing Landscape : Urban Visions exhibition curated by Jo Duke at Caloundra Regional Gallery in 2020. More.


  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection - Bianca Beetson

    Following on from her most recent solo exhibition: Being Human, at Caloundra Regional Gallery in 2019, Kabi Kabi / Waradjuri woman, Bianca Beetson began talks with Collection Curator, Nina Shadforth about the possibility of adding artworks from the exhibition to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. More.


  • 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. More.



  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection - Margaret Ellen Turner

    For established Caloundra artist, Margaret Ellen Turner, a week in 2014 spent intensively drawing and visually recording the landscape of the Macdonnell Ranges, near Alice Springs, impressed on her so powerfully, she returned to her Caloundra studio and feverishly created an extensive body of work.
    It was a terrifying exchange of information. Me – in all my human frailty and transience; my unimportance. The land – majestic, enigmatic; totally other.’ More.

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection- Sarah Rayner

    Thursday 31 October 2019- The Sunshine Coast Art Collection’s latest acquisition; “Fractured…boxed Flowerbones collection”, 2018, by Maleny artist, Sarah Rayner, is an exquisitely sensitive response to the delicate function of the reproductive organs of plants through regular exploration of hinterland pockets on the Sunshine Coast.  More.

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection- Johanna DeMaine

    Friday 27 September 2019 - Johanna DeMaine is a Sunshine Coast based artists who is arguably one of Queensland's most accomplished ceramicists. "Postcards from far and wide #4" was gifted to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection through the generosity of former Caloundra Regional Gallery Curator, Hamish Sawyer. More.

  • New to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection- David Fairbairn

    Tuesday 16 April 2019 - David Fairbairn is renowned for his feverishly gestural portrait drawings, and wanted to honour Michael Foley by donating the works to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. More.

  • Allowable Forms and Unconscious Facts wins Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018

    Friday 31 August 2018 - An intriguing contemporary painting that combines figurative and abstract imagery has won the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018. More

  • Explore the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 exhibition

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 - The prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 exhibition will be unveiled at Caloundra Regional Gallery tomorrow. More

  • NAIDOC Week celebrations underway

    Monday 09 July 2018 - Celebrations for NAIDOC Week are underway on the Sunshine Coast with a great turnout from the community at the traditional flag raising ceremony in Nambour this morning. More

  • Vibrant Indigenous artworks now on display

    Wednesday 30 May 2018 - In celebration of National Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3) and upcoming NAIDOC Week events in July, council has installed a vibrant and significant display of artwork by local Indigenous artists in all eight libraries across the region. More

  • Gallery to launch The Artroom – a new program and workshop space

    Thursday 18 January 2018 - Caloundra Regional Gallery will undergo exciting renovations next month designed to create The Artroom, a dedicated public program and workshop space. More

  • Council’s heritage and art collections commended

    Friday 08 December 2017 - Two of council’s prized heritage and art collections have been recognised by Museums and Galleries Queensland at a special event in Caloundra. More

  • Council adopts Art and Heritage Collections Policy

    Thursday 17 August 2017  - A new policy has been adopted by Sunshine Coast Council to manage three significant art and heritage collections in its care - the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, Public Art Collection and Cultural Heritage Collection. More

    Image credit: Lawrence Daws | Poinciana (detail) | 1990. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2010.

  • Sunshine Coast Art Collection featured in new exhibition

    Friday 28 April 2017 - Works of art by leading contemporary Australian artists are now on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery as part of an exhibition that highlights the increasing significance and depth of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. More

    Image credit: Miles Hall | Splice (Pine Lime) (detail) | 2010 | oil on aluminium | 100 x 120 cm.

  • Inigo Jones’ Obi Obi Creek artwork donated to Sunshine Coast Art Collection

    Tuesday 18 October 2016 - The family of renowned long-range weather forecaster Inigo Jones has donated an oil painting by the amateur artist to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. More

    Image credit: Inigo Jones | Obi Obi Creek (detail) | 1931. Gift of the family of Inigo Jones, 2016.