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Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
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Published April 5th 2016
Butter be Good Art
Cooroy is a thriving small town in the northern Sunshine Coast hinterland, just a few kilometres from the Bruce Highway, known as the "Heart of the Hinterland". There's a busy shopping centre of town, and across from the Skate Park are two wonderful buildings.
Cooroy Library
Cooroy Library

One, the Library is a modern building, with a rooftop lawned area, used for movie shows. The other is an old building, the former Cooroy Butter Factory that has been revamped as an Arts Centre.

Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Sunshine Coast hinterland
Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre

The Arts Centre has a number of galleries with regular changing exhibitions of local artists. When I visited there were works by local artists Wendy Epp, and Brenton Schwab on display. The exhibitions change every few weeks. You can keep up to date with their exhibitions by visiting the website.

It is a hive of industry or hive of working artists, with spaces for pottery, painting, and other crafts inside the gallery and outside. There are regular classes for adults and children, and many folk from Brisbane travel for the classes.

gallery, Cooroy Arts Centre,
Gallery Space

The Butter Factory opened in 1915, and was operated by the Wide Bay Co-operative Dairy Association initially but closed a number of years ago.

Just nearby is the Cooroy Railway station, which is heritage listed. It was built in 1890 by Fitzwilliam Williams and opened on 17th July 1891. It is on the Queensland Heritage Register. Trains still stop at Cooroy with all the major northbound trains passing through.

The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Check on the website for details about their classes.

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Why? Arts Precinct, Gallery, Art classes, Pottery classes
When: Gallery open 6 days a week
Phone: (07) 5442 6665
Where: 11A Maple St, Cooroy
Cost: Free to enter, Classes may have fees
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