Leading an innovative, connected and sustainable arts sector in regional Queensland and beyond that provides value for the community, businesses, government and creative professionals.

Creative Arts Alliance recognises that we work and create on the lands of the Quandamooka, Yuggera, Turrbal, Jinibara, Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Waka Waka and Butchula/Badtjala peoples. We acknowledge them as Traditional Owners, Custodians, First Peoples and the first artists, storytellers, performers and creatives of these lands. We pay our deep respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 🎁

Father's Day is coming up soon. Here are some gift ideas from the Gallery Store, with suggestions for every budget...

1. Woodwork by Kingfisher Timber Creations
Handcrafted by local woodworker Vince Everett, these beautiful and practical pieces are made with recycled timbers. Your dad will appreciate the quality craftwork.

2. Bart Tang socks by Stupid Krap
Stupid Krap creates fun and affordable socks, pins, patches and magnets. Great for the dads who grew up on the Simpsons and still enjoy their cartoons.

3. Pins by Reg Mombassa x Third Drawer Down
What dad doesn't love Reg Mombassa, of Mambo fame? These are a great addition to any pin collection. Pop them on a denim jacket to signal you're a cool dad!

4. Metal hearts by Barry Smith
Local artist Barry works with found metals, transforming them into something new. Show dad you love him with this unique gift, forged on the Sunshine Coast.

5. Beer cups by Kayabuki Kobo
Does your dad enjoy a cold one at the end of the day? Make that ritual special with one of these ceramic beer cups in the traditional Japanese style. Made by master ceramicists Johanna DeMaine and Tatsuya Tsutsui.

6. Tote bags featuring artwork by Lyndon Davis
This is a practical gift that also tells the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi story of Tallo-Billa, or Humpback Whale. From our current pop up, the Moreton Bay First Nations Collection.

Stupid Krap Third Drawer Down Johanna DeMaine Porcelain Creative Arts Alliance Aboriginal Art Co
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4 months ago

BJ Murphy | Bunya Cushion
Moreton Bay First Nations Collection Pop Up

Locally hand-screen printed and handsewn, this versatile, compact-size cushion is perfect for the home or travel. So much more than decorative cushion, this beautiful design of the Bunya nut, is symbolic of an important historical story for South-East Queensland about gatherings, coming together, trading, sharing skills and knowledge and feasting, just as you would at a modern picnic. This item is screen-printed and made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
The Ban:ji - Bunya Tree (Araucaria bidwillii) is a sacred tree to the Jinibara (Lawyer Cane/Bara- Group/People) and was a staple food source for my ancestors. Many of these beautiful nut bearing trees have been cut down by logging since the early1800s. Their pine was a well sort after wood in early colonisation around “Durundur” now named Woodford. Traditionally, tribes would come from afar to attend the ‘Bunya nut gathering’, and the Jinibara would be hosts. As a Jinibara man, I keep an eye on the bunya, showing my children how together them when in season and shucking the bunyas to get the seed out. I teach my children different ways to eat the bunya nuts. As an artist, I tell the story of my connection to the bunya and their significance to my people through my art which keep these cultural practices alive.

Artist:
BJ Murphy is a contemporary Aboriginal artist who takes inspiration from his Country in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. BJ is a visual artist, curator and songman, who is dedicated to the continuation of his Jinibara culture. He holds a deep responsibility to his culture and the representation of stories that have been passed dawn to him by his family. His unique style mixes both traditional and contemporary forms and concepts. BJ is a dedicated artist and cultural man who is on asset to the contemporary Australian Indigenous art industry.

Aboriginal Art Co
Creative Arts Alliance
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4 months ago
BJ Murphy | Bunya Cushion
Moreton Bay First Nations Collection Pop Up

Locally hand-screen printed and handsewn, this versatile, compact-size cushion is perfect for the home or travel. So much more than decorative cushion, this beautiful design of the Bunya nut, is symbolic of an important historical story for South-East Queensland about gatherings, coming together, trading, sharing skills and knowledge and feasting, just as you would at a modern picnic. This item is screen-printed and made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
The Ban:ji - Bunya Tree (Araucaria bidwillii) is a sacred tree to the Jinibara (Lawyer Cane/Bara- Group/People) and was a staple food source for my ancestors. Many of these beautiful nut bearing trees have been cut down by logging since the early1800s. Their pine was a well sort after wood in early colonisation around “Durundur” now named Woodford. Traditionally, tribes would come from afar to attend the ‘Bunya nut gathering’, and the Jinibara would be hosts. As a Jinibara man, I keep an eye on the bunya, showing my children how together them when in season and shucking the bunyas to get the seed out. I teach my children different ways to eat the bunya nuts. As an artist, I tell the story of my connection to the bunya and their significance to my people through my art which keep these cultural practices alive.

Artist:
BJ Murphy is a contemporary Aboriginal artist who takes inspiration from his Country in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. BJ is a visual artist, curator and songman, who is dedicated to the continuation of his Jinibara culture. He holds a deep responsibility to his culture and the representation of stories that have been passed dawn to him by his family. His unique style mixes both traditional and contemporary forms and concepts. BJ is a dedicated artist and cultural man who is on asset to the contemporary Australian Indigenous art industry.

Aboriginal Art Co
Creative Arts Alliance

Sylvia Jones-Terare | Nesting Turtles Reversible Hat
Moreton Bay First Nations Collection Pop Up

A statement piece that offers style, comfort, and shade, this sun hat a beautiful adaption from Silvia Jones-Terare’s Nesting Turtles of Moreton Bay artwork, it features bright colours of the sand and sea, with turtles and their journey lines. It is packable and lightweight and provides sun protection with a generous brim. It comes in adult and kid sizes so the whole family can enjoy this fun print! This item is made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
Turtles are one of many creatures of sea life that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups have a strong connection with. It may be a totem, creation story or a food source. For thousands of years, we have maintained strong relationships with the land, sea, and sky. Turtles visit the shoreline of Moreton Bay, from Redcliffe to Bribie Island and make their journey across the sand to nest and lay their eggs. The symbols along the sides and middle with circles joined by lines represent the continuous journey that the turtles make to lay their eggs in the nest, before heading back out to sea and represent the journey that their babies will travel towards the water where they will learn to swim and fend for themselves as they grow.

Artist:
Silvia Jones-Terare is a proud Gooreng Gooreng, Kabi Kabi, South Sea Island and Welsh woman. She has been painting since she was a young girl. She was mentored by many amazing Aboriginal artists and Elders throughout her artistic journey. Silvia has been working with youth and community members for over 10 years and it is her passion. She teaches young people, the next generation, to connect to culture through painting. “I love to help others to tell their stories through art, just as I was once supported. I believe we should always be learning and growing.”

Aboriginal Art Co
Creative Arts Alliance
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4 months ago
Sylvia Jones-Terare | Nesting Turtles Reversible Hat
Moreton Bay First Nations Collection Pop Up

A statement piece that offers style, comfort, and shade, this sun hat a beautiful adaption from Silvia Jones-Terare’s Nesting Turtles of Moreton Bay artwork, it features bright colours of the sand and sea, with turtles and their journey lines. It is packable and lightweight and provides sun protection with a generous brim. It comes in adult and kid sizes so the whole family can enjoy this fun print! This item is made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
Turtles are one of many creatures of sea life that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups have a strong connection with. It may be a totem, creation story or a food source. For thousands of years, we have maintained strong relationships with the land, sea, and sky. Turtles visit the shoreline of Moreton Bay, from Redcliffe to Bribie Island and make their journey across the sand to nest and lay their eggs. The symbols along the sides and middle with circles joined by lines represent the continuous journey that the turtles make to lay their eggs in the nest, before heading back out to sea and represent the journey that their babies will travel towards the water where they will learn to swim and fend for themselves as they grow.

Artist:
Silvia Jones-Terare is a proud Gooreng Gooreng, Kabi Kabi, South Sea Island and Welsh woman. She has been painting since she was a young girl. She was mentored by many amazing Aboriginal artists and Elders throughout her artistic journey. Silvia has been working with youth and community members for over 10 years and it is her passion. She teaches young people, the next generation, to connect to culture through painting. “I love to help others to tell their stories through art, just as I was once supported. I believe we should always be learning and growing.”

Aboriginal Art Co 
Creative Arts Alliance

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Goody's Design - the talented Sylvia Jones-Terare

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Lyndon Davis | Tallo Billa (Humpback Whale) Carry Bag
Moreton Bay First Nations Pop Up

A bag that is beautiful and practical! This is a well-made, durable carry bag that fits a lot in it. It is perfect over the shoulder bag with strong straps. It has a large front pocket as well as a handy inside pocket to hold you smaller items such as keys. The bright detailed artwork Tallo-Billa - Humpback Whale by Lydon Davis can be worn with pride as it carries an important story of the region. This item is made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
Tallo-Billa - Humpback Whale is a totem animal of Kabi Kabi people and other Moreton Bay Tribes (Nunukel Bunji Lore). In 1950. Tangalooma Whaling station opened on Moreton Island. In just over 10 years of operation they decimated the East Coast population of Humpback whales to only 100 individuals. They were never thought to be able to regain their numbers and were called a ‘Dying Race’ and labelled just as Indigenous people were at the turn of the century. Aboriginal people have survived and so has Tallo-Billa. In recent times, over 35,000 humpbacks migrate annually along East Coast of Australia and this painting represents our people’s spiritual connections to the whale as well as our resilience and survival.

Artist:
Lyndon was born and raised onthe Sunshine Coast and is a Traditional Custodian of the Gubbi Gubbi /Kabi Kabi people. Lyndon’s art represents his deep connection to country and depicts stories of landscapes, flora and fauna. This is an early artwork of Lyndon’s. More recently, his style has evolved to include very bold, geometrical and symmetrical patterns representing those found in nature and coastal landscapes. Inspired by traditional pattern work on shields and other artefacts produced by his ancestors and also the designs painted on their bodies during ceremony, Lyndon celebrates the local evolution of Aboriginal art in this area.

Aboriginal Art Co
Creative Arts Alliance
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4 months ago
Lyndon Davis | Tallo Billa (Humpback Whale) Carry Bag
Moreton Bay First Nations Pop Up

A bag that is beautiful and practical! This is a well-made, durable carry bag that fits a lot in it. It is perfect over the shoulder bag with strong straps. It has a large front pocket as well as a handy inside pocket to hold you smaller items such as keys. The bright detailed artwork Tallo-Billa - Humpback Whale by Lydon Davis can be worn with pride as it carries an important story of the region. This item is made in Brisbane, Australia.

Available for sale in the Gallery

Art Story:
Tallo-Billa - Humpback Whale is a totem animal of Kabi Kabi people and other Moreton Bay Tribes (Nunukel Bunji Lore). In 1950. Tangalooma Whaling station opened on Moreton Island. In just over 10 years of operation they decimated the East Coast population of Humpback whales to only 100 individuals. They were never thought to be able to regain their numbers and were called a ‘Dying Race’ and labelled just as Indigenous people were at the turn of the century. Aboriginal people have survived and so has Tallo-Billa. In recent times, over 35,000 humpbacks migrate annually along East Coast of Australia and this painting represents our people’s spiritual connections to the whale as well as our resilience and survival.

Artist:
Lyndon was born and raised onthe Sunshine Coast and is a Traditional Custodian of the Gubbi Gubbi /Kabi Kabi people. Lyndon’s art represents his deep connection to country and depicts stories of landscapes, flora and fauna. This is an early artwork of Lyndon’s. More recently, his style has evolved to include very bold, geometrical and symmetrical patterns representing those found in nature and coastal landscapes. Inspired by traditional pattern work on shields and other artefacts produced by his ancestors and also the designs painted on their bodies during ceremony, Lyndon celebrates the local evolution of Aboriginal art in this area.

Aboriginal Art Co
Creative Arts Alliance
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“Across its first three years of operation, CAA has consistently demonstrated an appetite and ability to champion regional arts practices and enable the creation of new work – with a particular and necessary emphasis on First Nations arts practices. These are invariably of a high quality and continue to be critically and socially engaged.” 

Michael Brennan Gallery Director, Noosa Regional Gallery

“Our relationship with Creative Alliance allows us to pursue our shared goals for regional artists and audiences and we look forward to building on this as CAA’s continues its growth and influence in the SEQN region.”

Kris Stewart, Chief Executive, QMusic