Sunshine Coast artists shine in latest exhibition

An exciting celebration of Sunshine Coast artists is now on show in the Local Artists—Local Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery until May 8.

Sunshine Coast artists shine in latest exhibition

An exciting celebration of Sunshine Coast artists is now on show in the Local Artists—Local Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery until May 8.

Sunshine Coast Council Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the exhibition showcased a remarkable range of our region’s artists.

“What this selection of exemplary artworks highlights is the many contrasting ways of seeing the time and place we live in here on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

“I sincerely thank and congratulate each artist for putting themselves forward through their art.

“I encourage the community to spend time pondering their world view and to support them by visiting the gallery and voting for the people’s choice award or viewing online.”

Caloundra Regional Gallery Curator Jo Duke said The Local Artists—Local Content Art Prize was an initiative of Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra and celebrated the diversity of visual arts practice across the Sunshine Coast.

“The Prize invites works across a range of genres, from regional artists depicting local themes and creates a visual embodiment of our spectacular region,” Ms Duke said.

“There is something for everyone, with works in all different mediums and in all areas of expression, from realism to abstraction, to patterns formed within the outer and inner landscapes.

“The exhibition presents the 40 finalist artworks and, viewed together, they highlight the varied and unique natural landscapes, as well as the towns of our region and the communities, which all reflect the Sunshine Coast and its people.”

The works will be acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, helping to build council’s holdings of local art in its public collection.

Aligned with the exhibition, is the Local Student Art Prize in the Gallery’s Artroom.

The Local Student Art Prize is an inspiring glimpse into the creative future of the Sunshine Coast by honouring artwork from local students depicting local themes.

Winners’ and Finalist artworks are available to view at

Winning Artists

Winner / Best of Show / Alison Mooney ‘Saturday Morning’ 2021 | Mixed Media on canvas

Alison Mooney works from her studio in Coolum and said this was the first time she had entered the Local Artist Local Content art prize.

“I was inspired by a great discussion on my Instagram with artists all over the world about how they feel being described as a ‘local artist’,” Ms Mooney said.

“Some artists absolutely dislike it, saying the term discounts the fact that the majority of their art and practice exists outside their immediate neighbourhood, while a lot of non-artists liked knowing who was an artist in their neighbourhood.

“It was such a great discussion I had to put a work in.

“I typically show my studio work outside the region so this was a great chance, as an artist working on the Sunshine Coast, to put my hand up and say hey.

“And I’m so pleased that I did. There’s a lot of beautiful work in the show, I’m very grateful to both the selection team and judge John Waldron for the honour.”

Winner / 2D Excellence Award / Tony Coles ‘Afternoon Light on the Ridge’ 2022 | acrylic on canvas

Proudly sponsored by Friends of the Gallery.

Winner / 3D Excellence Award / Julya Hegarty ‘Black Flower’ 2021 | Ceramic and mixed clay bodies

Proudly sponsored by Friends of the Gallery.

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council.

The gallery is an all-access area. Entry is free and opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm. Entry is subject to current Qld Health COVID guidelines.

Visit to view the finalists and find out about exhibition events.

Finalist Artists

First NameSurnameSuburb
JudithBoyesLittle Mountain
TonyColesMount Coolum
PaulConstable-Calcott (Wiradjuri)Palmwoods
LibbyDerhamPeregian Springs
WendyEppPeregian Beach
EllyGundryPelican Waters
ShelleyHarknessMoffat Beach
JulyaHegartyWest Woombye
JohnHuttonCoolum Beach
JaimeKissCoolum Beach
JudithLawsTwin Waters
WendyMcGrathLake Macdonald
AlisonMooneyPeregian Springs
RobertMortimerPelican Waters
ToryRichardsShelly Beach
BiancaTainshWeyba Downs
MerjaVauhkonenCoolum Beach
CarolWatkinsBlack Mountain
CharlotteWensleyPeregian Beach
DarrenWhitePeregian Beach