The Caloundra Regional Gallery may be small but it has an inspiring collection of changing art. The gallery is located in the heart of the town on 22 Omrah Avenue, opposite the Caloundra Library. It is a modern facility and professional curators organise the exhibition programs.
When we visited we saw the Animal FanFair exhibition. The aim of the artwork is to challenge audiences to think about how we treat animals. It features ten semi-professional Australian artists, including Katka Adams, Marian Drew, Hayden Fowler, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Owen Hutchison, Claude Jones, Sam Leach, Emma Lindsay, Rod McRae and Walter Stahl.
Art by Walter Stahl
The animal welfare themes are expressed through photography, moving images, painting, mixed media, print making, installation art and sculpture.
I was intrigued by artist Hayden Fowler who underwent the tattooing of a pair of extinct Huia birds as part of a week-long performance in New Zealand. The birds became extinct in 1901 after the visiting Duke of York was presented with the tail feathers of the New Zealand Huia birds. It resulted in a fashion craze in London.
Art by Rod McRae
The Animal FanFair exhibition runs until Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Upcoming exhibitions at the Caloundra Regional Gallery include Flora non evidens by Karen Richards which are embroideries of rare and endangered Australian plant species, and Papillon by Kim Schoenberger featuring a sea of two thousand butterflies suspended from the gallery roof.
The gallery offers a number of prizes for artists – the Holmes Art Prize, and the Local Artists – Local Content. There are regular hands-on workshops to engage your creative practice.
There is a small shop with books, jewellery, cards, gift ideas and locally handmade products.