Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is home to a wealth of artistic talent. The broad range of quality art and craft created here encompasses from oil and watercolour paintings to marble and bronze sculptures; from hand-blown glass to ceramics, wood and very much more. This has helped to establish an array of wonderful fine art galleries, showing works by nationally and internationally recognized and awarded artists.

Artists have always been attracted by the natural beauty of the Blackall Range, with the environment being their main inspiration and this has also been the major allure for all visitors.  The reason that art continues to be another leading attraction is the depth of artwork being created. Few places can lay claim to such a strong ongoing history of painting (from traditional through to modern art), sculpting, glass blowing, wood craft, pottery and extending into performance arts, writing, music and creative thinking in many ways.

A busy day can cover plenty, but a truly relaxing stay can encompass time spent between the galleries, browsing through local markets or possibly even participating in art classes. There really is something for everyone – across all tastes and budgets and much of the fun is in the finding. Each art gallery has its own character and specialities, from papermaking through contemporary art, from wood turning to fine furniture, silk painting, photography, glass art, print-making, fibre arts, leather work, quilting…the variety is amazing.

At certain times of the year there are opportunities to visit artist’s studios or view annual award exhibitions, please refer to the events calendar for more details of any forthcoming events. Or visit the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail for a comprehensive view of all art galleries, studios and exhibitions.


  • Art on Cairncross

    Art on Cairncross is a fine art gallery representing leading and emerging artists from the region and throughout Australia. This is complemented by a fascinating range of three dimensional art from glass, porcelain, sculpture, ceramics, and unique leather masks through to jewellery and hand painted silks. We also have unique gifts and cards from many of our artists. Art on Cairncross hosts features and exhibitions on a regular basis throughout the year. Art on Cairncross is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm Gallery directors Tony & Jane welcome you to the gallery. They have an excellent reputation for the service they provide. This includes locating artwork either from the diversity on display or sourcing from the artists’ studios. Through the internet they maintain contact with clients worldwide and forward images of works on request for consideration. Safe packing, insuring and shipping anywhere is all part of their professional service. Art can also be viewed in or personally delivered to your own home throughout the region.

  • Maleny Magic Patchwork & Quilts

    Maleny Magic Patchwork & Quilts, situated in the beautiful Blackall Range hinterland, offers all of your patchwork, sewing and quilting needs … specialising in quality Japanese fabrics, ready made quilts, and teaching through courses and workshops. The shop offers friendly service and welcomes bus groups. Opening 9:30am – 4pm, 7 days a week except public holidays Barb and Robyn Owners

  • Peace of Green Gallery

    Peace of Green Gallery is a collective of professional local artists. Every day a different artist is behind the counter awaiting to serve you. They will provide you an insight into all the artists works. We cover a wide range of mediums from hand blown glass, silk & paintings to woodwork, ceramics, leather and mosaics, and so much more. Visit our gallery 7days a week, Main st. of Maleny

  • Lucas Parklands

    http://www.lucasparklands.com.au/news/ This year Lucas Parklands will present 3 weekends of wonderful music in the Winter Concert series. Annual Music Festival 7 July @ 5 pm    Great Classics and a little Jazz             Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Saint Saens, Halvorsen, Schoenfield 8 July @ 2 pm   Romantic Favourites                              Brahms, Chopin, Saint Saens, Mozart, Barber, Dvorak 9 July @ 2 pm   Finale                                                        Glinka, Liszt, Dvorak, Ravel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schoenfield Artists: Marianna Grynchuk, Rachael Shipard, Nadia Koudesheva – piano Yebin Yoo, Josephine Chung, Eleanor Hill – violin Sam Lucas – cello,  Andrew Paskowski – viola Concerto Extravaganza 5 & 6 August @ 2 pm                                                            The Cadenza Chamber Orchestra with Conductor Lucas D Lynch Carnival of the Animals, Concerto for Flute and Harp, Concierto de Aranjuez, Haydn Cello Concerto, Mozart Piano Concertos and more. Sunday concert includes much loved songs with Orchestra from My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler of the Roof and more. Artists include: Konstantin Shamray Russian concert pianist, Lucas D Lynch pianist & conductor, Jaclyn Miles […]

  • Obi Valley Woodworks

    A unique Timber Gallery specialising in one-off sculptured pieces carved from Australian Red Cedar by renowned Sunshine Coast timber artist, Jack Wilms. Jack’s skill in working with timber evolved while experiencing the many wonders of our Australian outback and wildlife. A combination of creativity, hard work and a deep respect for the timber he loves most results in the beautiful sculptured one off pieces that he creates. His passion is creating wildlife and native scenes as well as one off furniture pieces and carved Red Cedar doors. Jack chooses to work only with Australian Red Cedar because of its naturally occurring unique grain and the rich red colour of the timber. His skills are self taught and are constantly being perfected as the years go by. The beautiful timber sculptures evolve as Jack chooses the perfect piece of timber and starts to create. Whatever his latest creation might be he is able to bring out the natural rich colour and grain of the timber and work it into the story of each piece. He is versatile in his creations and each sculpture can be boasted as being a one off because of the uniqueness of each piece of timber. Jack spends most of his time in his studio, located in a tranquil setting in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at the property he shares with his partner, Monica. His artwork is not mass produced and he enjoys creating each piece to perfection, the furniture pieces and carved doors are mostly commissioned […]

  • Kim Herringe

    Want to try your hand at something creative? Just not sure what you want to do? But you do know that you want to do something other than painting or drawing … Join Maleny artist Kim Herringe in small group art workshops and explore the endless creative possibilities you can achieve with Printmaking. From beginners to advanced, 1 and 2 day workshops run year-round. From linoprinting and monoprinting to cyanotype and etching, there is something for everyone. You can view Kim’s work at Peace of Green Gallery, Maleny, and Montville Art Gallery. Or scroll down and see images from my Instagram feed… Workshops run throughout the year – click here for full workshop details, dates and costs; and here to read what past students have said about attending Kim’s workshops. Art Workshops Linocut Printing Workshops 1 and 2 day workshops  //  Beginners–Advanced Design, carve and handprint simple and complex linocut printss. I will show you how to carve and print, demystify the process, and teach you so you can continue to print at home. Find out more … Gelatin Plate Printing and Monotype One day workshops //  Beginners–Advanced Monoprinting is spontaneous and fun. Explore handprinting on gelatin plates, working with materials you will be able to reproduce at home or in your own studio. A great medium to just let go and play! Find out more … Metal Plate Etching One day workshops  //  Beginners Learn how to etch then print metal plates with non-toxic chemicals. We will print with an etching […]

  • Fried Mudd

    Cathy is a warm and generous teacher, sharing what she has learned and offering her extensive expertise in raku methods with participants. Many people arrive at workshops feeling unsure and tentative or simply saying “I’m not creative – I don’t know where to start”. Cathy gently encourages them all to make a start – to get in touch with the clay, shape it, mould it and begin to give it a new life. In many ways, she offers people a safe place to express themselves, and permission to let the child within play and have a bit of fun. Participant’s leave feeling thrilled, excited and exhilarated at their creations – made with their own hands and with creativity sparked from within themselves. They often go away able to tell a new story about themselves; “Actually, I can be creative.” Cathy’s style and approach to familiarising people with clay and what it can do, simplifying the process and then letting them feel their way, produces the magical transitions that make these workshops such special events. Tempted? Here is a little more… Fun in the Mudd Weekend and One-Day Clay Workshops Discover your creative side, relax and indulge in a fun and unique experience, turning mud into your very own masterpiece! Develop your creativity to produce a piece of art worthy of proud display. Shades of Clay Hen’s Parties, Girls Weekend Escape, Couples Workshop A fun and creative 4 hour workshop where you can experience time on the potter’s wheel, create a masterpiece […]

  • Montville Art Gallery

    Montville Art Gallery Showcasing world-class original art from over 40 of the regions’ best artists, in the picturesque and historic town of Montville, Queensland, Australia. We ship world-wide, order and enquire through email, phone or call in to our gallery Learn to paint, easy to follow personalised tuition in small classes Gift Registry – have your special recipient choose a work of art or give a gift certificate.  Perfect for weddings, anniversaries or any special milestone event Layby available on all works, with a 15% deposit and balance paid within 3 months Commissions – if you like a work but it needs to be bigger/smaller/different colour, we are happy to arrange commissions to accommodate your special requests Can’t decide on one work of art?  We are happy to offer a service whereby we can bring works to your home (Sunshine Coast) and offer advice on placement before you buy.