Experience the East Coast Encounter exhibition and public program events
  • Monday 29 June 2015
Michael Cook, Undiscovered 4 2010, inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, ed. 3/8, 124.0 x 100.0 cm (image). Image © Michael Cook, courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Project

Re-imagine the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770 and visit the multi-arts exhibition, East Coast Encounter, at Caloundra Regional Gallery from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, August 16.

The exhibition contains work from Australian Indigenous and non- Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters. Artists include Bianca Beetson, Michael Cook, Neil Healey, Peter Hudson, Adam Hill, Garth Lena, Gail Mabo, Euan Macleod, Arone Meeks, Reg Mombassa, Gordon Syron, Ann Thomson, Judy Watson and performer/writers Gemma Cronin, Shane Howard and Neil Murray.

Paintings, photographs, videos and three dimensional works are included alongside a small selection of historic artefacts.

The exhibition features a documentary DVD by Adric Watson and Jeff McMullen which gives further voice to the artists and records their encounters with significant sites and traditional owners.

This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Get involved in the East Coast Encounter public programs:
Official Opening
Friday, July 3 from 5pm
Opening address by respected artist Peter Hudson and Gemma Cronin will perform a Badtjala song, translating the song in modern orthography, referring to Cook’s passing of Indian Head, Fraser Island. Refreshments and some drinks provided. RSVP online by 30 June.

Crochet knitting circle
Friday, July 3, 17 and 31, 10am to noon
Fringe Festival ‘yarn bombing’ project.
Fortnightly sessions have been planned to encourage participation in our new yarn bombing project. Free activity and no bookings are necessary.

Neil Murray concert
Friday, July 3, doors open 7.15 for 7.45pm start
Neil Murray is one of Australia’s finest singer songwriters and the man behind My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella and Good light in Broome. A founding member of the pioneering Indigenous group the Warumpi Band, he has also released several solo albums, received an APRA Song of the Year award, published stories, articles, poems, a play and the cult classic autobiographical novel Sing for Me, Countryman. Tickets are just $20 per person. Book early as seats are limited.

Kids’ Club
Saturday, July 4 and Saturday, August 1, 10am to noon
Free activity and bookings are not required.

ArtsCool: ‘My Abode’
Monday, July 6, 10.30am to noon (suitable for 5 to 7 years), 1.30 to 3pm (8 to 12 years)
Design and create your own unique model of a habitable structure from clay, natural and man-made found objects. $8 per child, limited places and bookings are essential.

ArtsCool: ‘Exploring a new world’
Tuesday, July 7, 10.30am to noon (suitable for 5 to 12 years)
Imagine you’ve discovered a brand new land. Draw and document the new species of plants and animals using drawing and painting materials, your imagination and an exploration of techniques. $8 per child, limited places, bookings are essential.

NAIDOC Week activities
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, in conjunction with the East Coast Encounter exhibition, the gallery will host the following cultural workshops for children.

‘Make your own mini Bark Canoe out of Pikki Bean Palm’
Tuesday, July 7, 1.30 to 3.30pm
Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller traditional Gubbi Gubbi Custodians will present storytelling on local Aboriginal History. Bookings are essential, cost $8 per child or $20 family up to three children, parents or carers free.

‘Make your own traditional Rope Bookmark and traditional Fish Net display’
Friday, July 10, 1.30 to 3.30pm
This activity will be presented by Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller, traditional Gubbi Gubbi Custodians. Bookings are essential, cost $8 per child or $20 family up to three children, parents or carers free.

Kids’ Art Attack
Come along each Saturday morning during June and July between 10am and noon and discover an exciting new art technique. Bring along the family, get creative and have some amazing fun. Gold coin donation per person and no bookings are necessary.

En Plein-Air Workshop with Peter Hudson
Saturday, August 8, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Nungeena, 60 Streek Road, Glasshouse Mountains
En Plein-Air workshop with Peter Hudson set in the beautiful surroundings of the Glasshouse Mountains. $45 per person, limited to eight places. Bookings are essential, bookings and pre-payment by Friday, July 31.

East Coast Encounter Panel Talk
Saturday, August 15, 2 to 3pm
Journalist Jeff McMullen AM will facilitate and lead an interesting panel discussion with participating East Coast Encounter exhibiting artists, Bianca Beetson, Judy Watson and Peter Hudson and curators, John Waldron and Dr Lisa Chandler. Free activity, bookings are essential.

Visit Council’s gallery website for bookings and more details.

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.