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Art Studios open to the public during May & June

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Dave-Groom-for-webScenic Rim artists will open their studios to the public during May and June for the annual Open Studios festival, which offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process.
Open Studios of the Scenic Rim 2013 is a celebration of art and culture, which began five years ago and this year involves 86 artists working in 24 studios across five weekends.
As well as art exhibitions, visitors have the opportunity to learn from some of the Scenic Rim’s talented professional artists, including Christopher Trotter, Therese Flynn-Clarke, Kate French and Ali George.
Art workshops and master classes are being offered throughout the region, with Open Studio events being held in Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Aratula, Tamborine Mountain, the Lost World Valley and Beaudesert.
The event is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council and celebrates the region’s rich and diverse artistic and cultural community.
The event begins on May 3 in Beaudesert with a Murri Arts Festival.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, Open Studios moves to the magical Lost World Valley for Arts in the Olives.
On May 18 and 19 Tamborine Mountain takes centre stage, with 19 artists and art studios open to the public.
On May 25 and 26 Boonah and Aratula artists will open their studios to the public.
Finally on June 1-2, the Wallaby Ridge Retreat will host Canungra and Beechmont artists for workshops.
This event is visually spectacular and offers visitors to the region a very unique experience.
Full event details are online.

Murri Arts celebrates our indigenous heritage

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The art and culture of the Scenic Rim’s indigenous people will be the focus of Murri Arts @ The Centre this Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.
The free event will run from 10am to 4pm at The Centre in Beaudesert.
Murri Arts features activities, exhibitions, bush food cooking demonstrations and performances, ideal for young and old.

Download the full Murri Arts schedule


Arts Dinner
Friday May 4, The Centre, Brisbane Street Beaudesert
Tickets $35/person and include a two-course dinner catered by Jymbilung House
See performances by one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players William Barton, Mununjali man and musician David Page and the incredible Jaran Dancers. MC is Jarred Fogarty.
Buy tickets here until Thursday 5pm, or from The Centre Box Office.

The Rim Community Arts Project
The Rim is an arts and ecology community-based project that celebrates the Scenic Rim’s incredible landscapes through painting and poetry.
Come along and contribute to this community art piece, which has been developed over a series of community workshops.
Entry is free and no booking is required.

Grandmothers’ Stories
Grandmothers’ Stories is a community storytelling project facilitated by Marita Tomlinson. The project allows people to share stories of important women and moments in their lives.
Lorrain Iselein and Joan Quick will share their stories. They share a friendship which spans more than 50 years. Growing up in Beaudesert, their lives have crossed paths in different ways … on shared outings and through local community groups.
Lorrain is a Mununjali elder and was raised as part of the strong local indigenous community.
So when Joan discovered later in life that her grandmother had indigenous heritage, Lorrain helped her friend discover more about her ancestry.

Jingi Wahlu Photo Exhibition
This photographic exhibition by Marisol Da Silva features Beaudesert residents sharing their experiences of health and wellbeing through images, conversations and stories.

Black Screen Film Screenings
Short Films from the National Film & Sound Archive will screen during Friday and Saturday.
The films include Jandamarra, Tales from the Daly, Minnie Loves Junior, Bollywood Dreaming, Who Paintin’ dis Wandjina? Jolngu Guya Djamamirr and Storytime.
Screenings are on at 10am, noon and 2pm on Friday and Saturday at The Centre Beaudesert.
Entry is free, no bookings required.

Indigenous Culture Workshop
Graeme Blanco, who has been performing traditional dance for over 25 years, will talk about cultural heritage, look at significant artefacts and provide an introduction to important cultural traditions. He is Jaran’s Artistic Director and a Mununjali descendant.
2pm, Friday The Centre Beaudesert. No bookings required.

Launch of the Drumley Walk
The Drumley Walk is a series of easy walks to honour Aboriginal Elders of yesteryear, for their resilience and courage to keep living on their traditional lands.
Beaudesert – Saturday May 5
Mount Tamborine – Sunday May 6
Southport – Monday May 7

Elders Morning Tea
Join local elders for morning tea at The Centre Beaudesert from 10am to 11.30am.
Free, no booking required.

Tukka Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations
Join Tukka Restaurant’s head chef Bryant Wells for demonstrations in how to cook native foods and even how to grow them in your back yard.
Bryant will cook Tasmanian Pepper berry smoked kangaroo on a BBQ and serve it with some locally-farmed fresh water yabbies.
Demonstrations are at 1pm and 2.30pm and are free. No booking required.

For full details about Murri Arts and the Open Studios of the Scenic Rim visit

The Drumley Walk to honour indigenous elders

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Drumley Walk to honour the Aboriginal Elders of yesteryear has been split into three, shorter walks to be conducted over a three-day period, beginning in Beaudesert and finishing in Southport.
The walk follows the footsteps of Billy Drumley, who regularly walked from Beaudesert to Southport to visit his younger sister Jenny Graham and her large family, during the 1930s and 40s.
This year the walk headlines The Drumley Walk Arts Dinner, which will be held on Friday May 4 at The Centre Beaudesert.
The Arts Dinner will feature performances by internationally-acclaimed acts David Page and William Barton.
The first walk will leave Beaudesert on Saturday May 5.
Two walks are available, a 4km or a 17km walk. On Sunday May 6, visitors can join the 5km Drumley Walk and on Monday, May 7 the final leg of The Drumley Walk will be held in Southport. (more…)

Scenic Rim artists open studio doors to the public

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

ARTISTS across the Scenic Rim will open their work studios to the public for May’s Studios of the Scenic Rim festival.

The month-long celebration of local arts and culture features artists and art studios in Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, the Lost World Valley, Beaudesert and Kalbar.

Tamborine Mountain textile artist Bec Andersen says the Open Studios initiative provides visitors a rare insight into the creative process involved in producing art professionally. She will open her textile and rug making studio to the public and reveal how she uses trees, plant roots and even cactus to create natural colour dyes.

“Studios of the Scenic Rim is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to step inside the creative spaces of local artists. It makes art more accessible and supports the endeavours of our local talent,” she says.

Another participating artist, Christopher Trotter, will be an artist in residence at Tamborine Mountain, where he will display the Dr Suess-style sculptures which he fashions from scrap metal. He and Ms Andersen are two of more than 25 artists involved in the month-long open studios event.
Every weekend from May 4 to June 3 artists will open their studio doors to the public, or will convene in a central place to meet and discuss their art style, their creative approach and what inspires them. (more…)

Mununjali people have creative connection

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Murri Arts facilitator Bridgette Sandy says the Mununjali people’s connection with the Scenic Rim remains strong and vital to the region.
She is co-ordinating the Murri Arts showcase which is being held on September 10 and 11 at The Centre, Brisbane St Beaudesert.
She says the Mununjali people are enthusiastic about sharing their customs and their traditions with visitors. Cultural exchanges like these are essential for keeping their history with the region alive. (more…)