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  • Tracey MOFFATT; Something more #3; 1989; cibachrome photograph; Commissioned by MAMA with funds from Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council, Aboriginal Arts Committee of the Australia Council, the Exhibitions Development Fund of the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1989, MAMA Collection

    Tracey Moffatt, works from the MAMA Collection

    25 January to 17 March

    Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia's most successful artists, both nationally and internationally.

  • Tracey MOFFATT   Something more # 8 1989 cibachrome photograph

    Tracey Moffatt from the MAMA Collection

    15 February to 15 February

    Join us for the opening of Tracey Moffatt from the MAMA Collection.

  • Shin KOYAMA;  Tsunami; 2011;  acrylic on canvas, 182 x 671cm (overall, 11 panels); Courtesy of the artist

    The Strip Show

    23 March to 12 May

    The Strip Show examines the influence of comic strips on the work of Australian artists Stephen Bird, Chayni Henry, Shin Koyama, Jonathan McBurnie, Brian Robinson and Charles Street.

  • Muses Trio Lullabies for Zander

    Lullabies for Zander: Muses Trio

    8 March to 8 March

    In celebration of International Women's Day, Lullabies for Zander is a musical portrait for Muses pianist, Therese Milanovic’s firstborn, Zander. While some babies slumber to nursery rhymes, Zander’s dreams are coloured with sounds of exploring and rehearsing new music.

  • Books As Art Session 1

    Books as Art: Journals as Art

    23 March to 23 March

    Remember You Love This Sh*t is a creative journaling workshop for writers, designers, artists and anyone wanting to take journaling to the next level.

  • Shin KOYAMA;  Tsunami; 2011;  acrylic on canvas, 182 x 671cm (overall, 11 panels); Courtesy of the artist

    Opening The Strip Show

    24 March to 24 March

    Join us for the opening of The Strip Show. This exhibition examines the influence of comic strips on the work of Australian artists.

  • Guitar

    Music at USC

    29 March to 10 May

    A free lunchtime concert series.

  • Books As Art Session 2

    Books as Art: Black Out Poetry

    13 April to 13 April

    Join author, Emily Larkin, for an exploration into techniques for creating your own blackout poetry.

  • Joseph DAWS;  Untitled (1605); 2016; oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist and Jan Manton Art

    The Landscape. Abstracted.

    17 May to 30 June

    This group exhibition includes the work of three artists based on the Sunshine Coast who explore the juncture of landscape and abstraction.

  • Creative Journaling with Tash Turgoose

    Creative Journaling

    4 May to 4 May

    Join author and illustrator, Tash Turgoose, for an exploration of travel and creative journaling.

  • Present-ing Fierce

    18 May to 18 May

    A special performance by Mitch Runcie held in conjunction with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

  • Arthur BOYD; Death of the Unicorn II (detail); 1973-74; etching and aquatint; Bundanon Trust Collection

    The Lady and the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd and Peter Porter

    6 July to 18 August

    This exhibition presents the 24 etchings produced by Arthur Boyd that respond to Porter’s reinterpretation of the 16th century tale of the of a unicorn left off The Ark in the Biblical Great Flood.


  • Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

    Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

    6 June to 6 June

    A free film screening presented in partnership with the Queensland Film Festival.

  • Amy CLARKE; Flinders; 2018; acrylic on ply; Courtesy of the artist

    The Landscape. Abstracted. Discussion.

    9 June to 9 June

    Artists Amy Clarke, Joseph Daws and Thom Stuart will talk about their work.

  • Alex ASHTON, Jubilee Moor (North West of England) 2013, graphite and pigment on paper. Courtesy of the artist

    Seer and seen: Alex Ashton

    23 January to 11 February

    Seer and seen: Alex Ashton presents the creative outcomes of a three year Doctor of Creative Arts undertaken by the artist at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • 3.	Michael COOK, Undiscovered #4 2010, inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, ed. 3/8 124.0 x 100.0 cm. Courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer & Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Project

    East Coast Encounter

    17 February to 25 March

    East Coast Encounter is a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non- Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770.

  • Adam Cusack art  in plain sight 2016

    Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award 2016

    30 March to 6 May

    The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) has been the means by which the Grafton Regional Gallery has gathered a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing.

  • Matt BUSHELL Urban exploration (Anti Social Social Club) 2016. Photograph on Hahnemühle paper, 60 x 90cm.

    How the light gets in: Contemporary photographic practice

    11 May to 1 July

    How the light gets in brings together artworks by local emerging and established artists that embrace digital tools to explore previously unimagined possibilities.

  • Lawrence DAWS Owl Creek II 1982. Donated in 2012 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by John Mainwaring.

    From the mountains to the sea: Sunshine Coast stories

    8 July to 19 August

    From the Mountains to the Sea: Sunshine Coast Stories will launch the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the naming of the Sunshine Coast. This collaborative exhibition focuses on broad Sunshine Coast historical themes, drawn from multiple museum collections, extending beyond local history over the last 50 years.

  • Molly OSBORNE Adolescent dilemma 2015. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

    Creative Generation

    24 August to 9 September

    The annual Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools. Held in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, the exhibition showcases the best of this region’s senior high school art work.

  • Michael EATHER As souls sail by #6 2011. Watercolour on paper. USC Art Collection. Donated in 2012 by John Mainwaring through the Australia Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Photo: Mick Richards. © Michael Eather/Licensed by Viscopy

    Future Tense: Two Decades of Gifts to the Collection

    15 September to 28 October

    Future Tense presents a selection of artworks that have been gifted to the USC Art Collection over the last two decades.

  • Paradigm: The shape of things to come

    Paradigm: the shape of things to come

    3 November to 18 November

    Paradigm: the shape of things to come presents the work of fifty-five students nearing the completion of their studies in design at USC.

  • David PROBYN Scott of Fraser Island 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 90 x65cm. Courtesy of the artist

    Beach to Birrabeen

    24 November to 22 December

    Beach to Birrabeen brings together a selection of artworks made by the Fraser Coast's Regional Artists and Tutors group during a residency on K’Gari (Fraser Island).

  • Jandamarra CADD, Ceremony, acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm, 2014 (detail). Image courtesy the artist.

    Kinship: Jandamarra Cadd

    18 February to 2 April

    After touring throughout Australia, this exhibition by Sunshine Coast artist Jandamarra Cadd explores the deeply complex and important connections of kinship within Aboriginal culture.

    OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 18 February, 6.30pm

    RSVP: by Thursday 11 February (acceptances only)

    Gallery 5459 4633 or email: gallery@usc.edu.au

  • Jason Edwards

    Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism Exhibition

    7 April to 14 May

    The Nikon-Walkley Awards are the highest honour in Australian journalism, celebrating excellence across all media.

    OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 7 April, 6.30pm

  • Belinda Sinclair, The Mighty Dead 1, 2014, Photomedia,Intaglio. 24 x 34cm, image supplied by Jeff Ram.

    Regional Marks - Celebrating 50 Years of Print

    19 May to 2 July

    The University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery is the venue for a six week exhibition celebrating the Print Council of Australia’s fiftieth birthday in 2016.

    OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 19 May, 6.30pm

  • David Green Bayside Cafe table for thirteen

    David Green: Collecting Tomorrow's Dreams

    7 July to 20 August

    Buderim artist David Green was born in 1940 in Kent, during 'The Blitz', an event that has left a lasting impression on both the man and his art.


  • Mia JOHNSTONE, The Unknown, acrylic on canvas, 150cm x 180cm, 2015

    Creative Generation: north coast (south) regional exhibition 2016

    25 August to 10 September

    The annual Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools.

    Held in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Education, Training (DET), the exhibition showcases the best of this region’s senior high school art work.


  • Ferre and Mieke De Deyne, Big Beizam donated by the Proost DeDeyne Family, 2012. Photographed by Lachie Millard, Barefoot Pictures

    USC Unpacked 20/20

    15 September to 29 October

    This exhibition will celebrate the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 20th anniversary in 2016 and be part of the University’s official celebrations. Exhibition runs from Thursday 15 September to Saturday 29 October with official opening Thursday 22 September at 6.30pm.


  • USC Design Students Folio Exhibition, 2015

    2016 USC Design Student Folio Exhibition

    4 November to 19 November

    Advanced design students present industry-ready print portfolios that will introduce them to future clients and employers.


  • Visualisation, Letaba Elephant Hall, Kruger National Park. 3D work by Anthony Haynes, drawings by Megan Gibbes

    Letaba Elephant Hall Design

    24 November to 22 December

    USC Design students have been working over a number of years with Senior Lecturer, Kevin Todd on the redesign of the permanent exhibition at Letaba Elephant Hall, Kruger National Park, South Africa. Exhibition starts Thursday 24 November, but the official opening night will be Thursday 1 December at 6.30pm in the gallery, everyone welcome.















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