Culture and Arts

Artists

Queanbeyan is home to a number of professional artists, and many artists living in the local region have studio or gallery spaces in the city.

In late October each year local studios open their doors to the public for the Arts Trail and Open Studios weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover the myriad of talented artists and crafts people who call Queanbeyan home. Participants are able to visit local galleries and studios, watch live demonstrations, talk to artists about their processes and techniques, and, of course be tempted to buy some treasures along the way! The Arts Trail bus tour is a delightful way to be chauffeured around the open studios and galleries, enjoying lunch and afternoon tea and possibly a glass of bubbly to end the day!

Harriet Schwarzrock and Matthew Curtis from Curtis Glass Studio in action

Harriet Schwarzrock and Matthew Curtis from Curtis Glass Studio in action

 


Culture and Arts - Calendar of events

We will be adding information about upcoming events in 2017 below. If you would like your event included please email Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au including as much information as possible.

Event date Event Event location Event description
3rd Sunday of every month: 9am to 1pm  The Queanbeyan Market Under the trees at Queanbeyan Park  The Queanbeyan Market - bringing together artisans, farmers and more! A great way for locals to discover everything from crafts and handmade goods through to farm fresh produce and delicious ready-to-eat food. The market has a strong emphasis on promoting and supporting local artists, makers, bakers and growers. (Please note this is a privately run market, it is not run by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council). Stallholders apply here.
3rd Sunday of every month: 9am to 2pm the market @ bungendore Bungendore War Memorial Hall, Molonglo Street, Bungendore
If you like browsing a great variety of wares, in a wonderful old historic building then what better way to spend the 3rd Sunday of each month than at the market @ bungendore! With a wide variety of stalls, from hand-crafted items and art to giftware, collectables, textiles and hand knits, candles, pottery and local produce. There is something for everyone. You can even sit down for a great cup of coffee and other light refreshments. (Please note this is a privately run market, it is not run by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council). Stallholders apply here.
2017   Dave O'Neill Music 2017 Private Lessons
Dave O'Neill Music
International Multi-Instrumentalist and Teacher – Folk Specialist. Instruments: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bouzouki and Banjo. Weekly and Fortnightly private lessons - various times. All Term dates here and find out more here. Contact Sharon on daveoneillmusic@gmail.com to book your place. Please note: the after work slots get snapped up quickly.
17 June 2017 Winter Warmer Event Gib Street Courtyard Art Connection 
Gib St Courtyard Art Connection is hosting our first Winter Warmer Charity Event in aid of St Marys and St Phillips. Come along, bring your entry donation of tinned soup and lap rugs and share wonderful art, music, food and wine in a garden setting. Music by J Waygood Band, Wine by Summerhill Road Vineyard, Winter Warmth by Innovative Metalworx, Cheeses by Food Lovers Market Bungendore, Coffee by Here's the Coffee, food stall and of course ART to view and buy. June 17 from 1pm - 10 Gibralter Street Bungendore.
1 - 24 June 2017 'Baby It's Cold Outside' exhibition The Q - Exhibition space 'Baby It's Cold Outside' exhibition. Winter can be a chilly experience - some welcome the seasonal changes, some dread the cold. How do you handle the conditions? Join us as the region's artists celebrate all things frosty, with an exhibition of what winter means to them.
27 June – 22 July 2017 'Home Sweet Home' exhibition
The Q - Exhibition space 'Home Sweet Home' exhibition. What does ‘home’ mean to you? Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) invited residents of the recently amalgamated Local Government Area (LGA) to respond to the notion of ‘home’ for this major exhibition at The Q. Home can mean a variety of things. It may denote a place of residence, an attachment to place or a sense of belonging. It is generally imbued with a feeling of comfort. For some it can be connection or disconnection to country, a feeling, a sense of place. For others it is about leaving your home, spiritually or literally.
29 June 2017: 2pm Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society 2017 Lecture Program Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 – 73 Yass Road, Queanbeyan   Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) MOLONGLO PLAINS INC presents 'Yehudi Menuhin: Prodigy and Phenomenon' lecture by Philip Bailey - Australian. More information about ADFAS can be found here.
6 July 2017
Beginning Feltmaking for Young and Older with Lis Mertens  Strathnairn Arts Association
Ideal for students minimum age 9 years with an adult - in the past this has been mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, aunt/niece, for example. Cost covers both adult and child. More information is available here.
20 July 2017: 2pm Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society 2017 Lecture Program
Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 – 73 Yass Road, Queanbeyan  Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) MOLONGLO PLAINS INC presents 'Rembrandt’s Vision: Dutch History Painting in the 17th Century' lecture by Sophie Oosterwijk - NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, UK). More information about ADFAS can be found here.
30 July 2017 Queanbeyan Christmas in July Market Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue
Queanbeyan
The second merriest day of the year! Just like any good Christmas gathering there will be lots of goodies to find, a bounty of food that will make any Santa’s belly wobble and lots of entertainment and activities. The market will host scrumptious Christmas inspired food, gourmet treats, handmade Christmas gifts plus loads more. You can even support local charities whilst enjoying mulled wine and having you’re newly purchased goodies wrapped. As always there will be a range of regionally-based makers and producers offering their handmade delights. Our furry members of the community are not forgotten with the popular Santa Pet photos and some very cute Dachshunds looking to win some hearts. Full details of program, map and activities will be made available closer to the date. For more information email Events@qprc.nsw.gov.au
24 August 2017: 2pm  Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society 2017 Lecture Program  Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 – 73 Yass Road, Queanbeyan  Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) MOLONGLO PLAINS INC presents ‘In the Kingdom of the Sweets’. (The magic of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker) lecture by Nigel Bates - NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, UK). More information about ADFAS can be found here. 
21 September 2017: 2pm Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society 2017 Lecture Program
Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 – 73 Yass Road, Queanbeyan  Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) MOLONGLO PLAINS INC presents 'The Cuisine of Art and The Art of Cuisine' lecture by Ghislaine Howard - NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, UK). More information about ADFAS can be found here.
Saturday 23 September to Monday 2 October 2017  QAS 10th Charity Art Show
Queanbeyan Art Society, 6 Trinculo Place Queanbeyan NSW 2620  As yet the charity for 2017 has not been announced. If you are aware of a charity that could benefit from this please contact the President. Last year it was a great success with record sales and the benefits went to the Ricky Stuart Foundation. The Society is a non-profit organisation which holds art exhibitions, competitions and classes. It is a working gallery and has 11 monthly exhibitions some of these are Open Competitions and the remainder are for Members only. With support of loyal sponsors the year 2016 achieved $8,000 worth of prize money and awards. The Society produces a monthly newsletter keeping members informed on news and activities. At the end of the year a Calendar is produced representing one member's painting and the winners of each monthly exhibition. More information can be found here.
21 & 22 October 2017 Arts Trail and Open Studio Event Queanbeyan-Palerang region
This years Arts Trail event is proving to be our biggest yet! With our larger local government area, we now have a much greater region to promote, so the event will run over both days of the weekend of 21 & 22 October; allowing visitors plenty of time to visit all the wonderful studios and galleries in our region. The trail allows people to take a sneak peek into where and how artists work, how a gallery operates, to discover new techniques, watch demonstrations and add to their collection by purchasing a unique piece direct from the maker. Want to be a part of this year’s Arts Trail event? Please contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri on 6285 6170 or via email to Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au
26 October 2017: 2pm Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society 2017 Lecture Program  Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 – 73 Yass Road, Queanbeyan
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) MOLONGLO PLAINS INC presents 'Romans and Roses: A History of Italian Gardens' lecture by James Bolton - NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, UK). More information about ADFAS can be found here.

QPRC Cultural Development and Public Art Panel

QPRC Cultural Development and Public Art Panel

Queanbeyan City Council established the Cultural Development and Public Art Advisory Council as a means to progress the implementation of the Queanbeyan Cultural Plan, and to advise and recommend on ways to action the Cultural Plan strategies that will optimise the benefits of cultural development and planning for the City. With the recent amalgamation, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council believes the time is right to invite the now wider local government area to be actively involved in the future of the arts and culture in the region.

The QPRC Cultural Development and Public Art Panel will have dual roles: progression and implementation of the Council’s Cultural Plan and to advise and recommend ways to action Cultural Plan strategies; and to provide expert advice on the development and implementation of public art projects within the framework of Council’s Public Art Policy.

The invitation is open to applicants from the broad cultural and arts communities in our region. Council is hoping to hear from visual and performing artists, musicians, writers, those with an interest in history and heritage, young people, Aboriginal and multicultural community members with a demonstrated interest and expertise in their chosen field.

Panel members will be appointed for a three-year term and will be required to meet quarterly, or more frequently if required.

Expressions of interest, detailing experience and expertise in the arts and response to Selection Criteria should be sent to the Cultural Development Officer by close of business Thursday 15 December 2016 at Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au

Selection Criteria

  1. Interest and expertise in culture and the arts in and around the Queanbeyan-Palerang region
  2. Active involvement with cultural groups, arts organisations or networks in Queanbeyan –Palerang region
  3. Knowledge and understanding of broader cultural issues related to public art
  4. Ability to consult with the broader community on developing public art initiatives and proposals for Queanbeyan-Palerang
  5. Willingness to commit to and participate in Cultural Development and Public Art Panel meetings which may include traveling to Queanbeyan, Bungendore or Braidwood for meetings.

For more information contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri on 6285 6170 or email Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au


Cultural Plan

Queanbeyan City Council has developed a Cultural Plan which outlines strategies for cultural development of the City in response to the needs identified by residents.

The strategies in the plan may be implemented by Council, by other organisations, by the community or through partnerships.

This Plan is a living document which will change as our understanding of the people who live in the community evolves. This will occur through ongoing discussions with the community, sharing knowledge and experiences and will lead to more innovative Council policies and programs.

The updated Queanbeyan Cultural Plan for 2014-2017 provides a framework for supporting and developing culture and the arts in Queanbeyan and for identifying the cultural priorities for the city into the future.

For more information, contact the Cultural Development Officer on 6285 6170 or email culturalservices@qcc.nsw.gov.au.


Opportunities

Arts Trail EOI

2017 Arts Trail and Open Studio Event

This years Art Trail event is proving to be our biggest yet! With our larger local government area, we now have a much greater region to promote, so the event will run over both days of the weekend of 21 & 22 October; allowing visitors plenty of time to visit all the wonderful studio and galleries in our region. The trail allows people to take a sneak peek into where and how artists work, how a gallery operates, to discover new techniques, watch demonstrations and add to their collection by purchasing a unique piece direct from the maker.

Want to be a part of this year’s Arts Trail event? Please contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri on 6285 6170 or via email to Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au

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Karabar Open Spaces - Mosaic Seats Project

Karabar Open Spaces - Mosaic Seats Project

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council has successfully gained funding to improve local parks, meeting places and open spaces in Karabar. We would love to hear from residents who would like to get ‘hands-on’ and helping to create some new public art works to install around Karabar

Join us on site for an hour or two and help mosaic some seats on the corner of Southbar and Candlebark Road. No previous mosaic experience required, just register online and come along in some old clothes and a hat. All materials supplied.

Workshop details:

Venue: Corner of Southbar and Candlebark Road Queanbeyan

Date: Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June

Time: 10am – 2pm each day

Please register to participate at www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/mosaicseats

Registrations close Wednesday 14 June.

Children welcome, but they must be supervised!

For more information please contact QPRC Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri Phone 6285 6170, Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au

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QPRC Cultural Call Out

Have we met?

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council would love to make contact with makers, artists, writers, poets, musicians, performers, groups, organisations and general creatives, as well as anyone interested in culture and arts in the region. Council staff put together a regular Cultural-Arts email newsletter and we would like to update our database for 2017 and beyond.

We would also like to hear about and help promote Cultural-Arts events in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.

Please email: Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au and type 'Cultural emails' in the subject line and we will add you to our database.

Be among the first to hear about community art projects, funding opportunities, open studios and workshops, festivals, exhibitions and competitions in our region.

For further information please contact Cultural Development Officer, Georgina Perri, on 02 6285 6170 or email: Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au

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Home Sweet Home Exhibition EOI

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council would like to invite residents of the local government area to respond to the notion of ‘home’ for a major exhibition at The Q in June – July 2017.

Expressions of interest to participate in this exhibition are due by 10 June, 2017, with the exhibition to be held 27 June – 22 July.

Expressions of interest are open only to residents of the QPRC local government area.

For further information please contact Cultural Development Officer, Georgina Perri, on 02 6285 6170 or email: Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au


Public Art

Council, since implementing its Public Art Policy in 2010, has been actively seeking opportunities to develop public art around the City.

In 2014 a Public Art Walk was developed to enable visitors and locals to discover the diverse range of wonderful creations dotted around the City. A copy of the walk map and brochure can be downloaded here.

For further information please contact Cultural Development Officer Georgina Perri on 6285 6170 or email cultural.services@qcc.nsw.gov.au.

Panel from Mosaic project 2014


'RESPECT' Mosaic - public art at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan

Members of the public came together on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016 to take part in creating the city’s latest public artwork - the 'RESPECT' Mosaic. The design (below) was produced by Jerrabomberra Public School student Sophie McKinley, whose winning artwork raises awareness of domestic family violence in our community. Lead project artist Freya Jobbins coordinated the weekend workshops and was impressed by the communities enthusiasm and passion for the project.

Give Respect winning artwork

Above: Original artwork by Sophie McKinley / Below: The design was transformed into the amazing mosaic artwork by the community - being installed by mosaic artist Freya Jobbins.

RESPECT Mosaic Public Art

The "Respect" mosaic artwork is now installed at the upgraded Queen Elizabeth II Park in time for the official opening on Saturday 2nd December, 2016.

RESPECT Mosaic Public Art in situ


Queens Bridge Mural project - Queanbeyan

Queens Bridge Mural- Work in Progress

Home of the Ngunnawal and Ngarigo peoples, it is believed the latter used a word that sounded like Queanbeyan to describe the River, which is said to have meant 'Clearwater'. The first Europeans to visit the area followed the Queanbeyan River into a valley at the eastern end of the Limestone Plains, led by Charles Throsby, in search of the Murrumbidgee River, in 1820. Renowned for its beauty and abundance of native Macquarie Perch and Murray Cod the Queanbeyan River became known as Fish River in the early days of settlement and was the main water supply as well as a key element of the local economy. As it continues to support a range of native wildlife, you can often find platypus in the water with kangaroos and wombats grazing on the banks of the Queanbeyan River. Today the Queens Bridge brings the Kings Highway over the River to a city that welcomes what is new and seeks to preserve and promote its heritage. Frequented by residents of Queanbeyan and visitors to the City the Queens Bridge is set within beautiful parks and gardens along the foreshore of the Queanbeyan River in an area that is being developed as a recreational and cultural precinct. The area is also home to sculptures Morty the Snail and Queany the Platypus and the Queanbeyan Art Gallery and the Riverside Café are located adjacent to the sensory gardens, river walks and playgrounds. Each year, entries in the Clearwater Sculpture Prize are exhibited along the banks of the River in conjunction with the vibrant Queanbeyan River Festival. The Queens Bridge Mural celebrates the past and present identity of Queanbeyan and the contemporary large-scale, highly visible work supports the ongoing development of a cultural precinct in the area. The murals reflect Queanbeyan's rich natural and cultural heritage, yet also represents the community's vision for a vibrant and contemporary City moving into the future. Both the Queens Bridge and the Queanbeyan River are integral to Queanbeyan's heritage and remain iconic landmarks of the City's current identity.


Queanbeyan and the Palerang region continue to grow into a thriving vibrant community. Queanbeyan city and the many lovely rural towns and villages in the region have a unique cultural identity, history and heritage that can be expressed through its arts and culture. Council provides the community with a Cultural Development Officer to develop, facilitate and promote cultural projects and activities in the community.

Council believes culture and the arts plays an important role in building strong, vibrant and cohesive communities.

From public art to performance, events to exhibitions, get involved and be inspired by the exciting cultural and arts expressions in Queanbeyan and the Palerang region.

  • Exhibitions at The Q
  • The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Regional Art Awards
  • The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Arts Trail and Open Studios
  • The Clearwater Sculpture Prize
  • Public Art
  • The Cultural Arts Assistance Scheme

For more information, contact the Cultural Development Officer on 6285 6170 or email Cultural.Services@qprc.nsw.gov.au.