New gallery exhibition focusses on animal and human relationships
  • Tuesday 12 April 2016
FanfairIf you’re passionate about animals, art and the environment, make sure you head to Caloundra Regional Gallery on Wednesday, April 13 for the unveiling of a thought-provoking exhibition that challenges our feelings about the treatment of animals.

Animal FanFair: Humans – Animals – Environment is on display until Sunday, May 22 and features works by 10 high-calibre Australian artists who address the social issues behind animal and human relationships.

Exhibiting artists include Katka Adams, Marian Drew, Hayden Fowler, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Owen Hutchison, Claude Jones, Sam Leach, Emma Lindsay, Rod McRae and Walter Stahl. The artists have expressed their passionate ideas through their visual mediums of photography and moving images, painting, mixed media, print making, installation art, performance art and sculpture.

The artists in Animal FanFair are some of the many dedicated people who work towards fostering awareness, conversation and action to improve humankind’s relationship with animals.

The artists urge us to consider the complex and often contradictory relationship we have with animals and the environment that supports them.

The largest artwork incorporates a five-metre taxidermy crocodile, while the smallest work is an oil painting of a Rosella only 22cm high.

Educational didactics for children have been produced for this exhibition to provide additional information to a young audience, which may find some of the imagery challenging, and to share the artists’ concerns with the region’s future generation.

Appealing to young and old alike, the official opening at 6pm on Friday, April 15, will include a Geckoes Wildlife presenter, featuring captivating live animals including native Australian owls and snakes, to name a few.

Animal FanFair is a Moreton Bay Regional Council touring exhibition, managed by Museum and Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Get involved in one of the following Caloundra Regional Gallery public programs, events and workshops:


Uncovered: With Walter Stahl and Katka Adams
Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 10-11am
Details: Join exhibiting artists Walter Stahl and Katka Adams for an informative talk and tour of the Animal FanFair exhibition. Free event, bookings are appreciated.

Official Exhibition opening
Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 6pm
Details: Including Geckoes Wildlife presenter, featuring captivating live animals including native Australian owls and snakes. Light refreshments and entertainment. All welcome. Bookings are appreciated.

Made by Hand: Drawing with Katka Adams
Date: Saturday, 16 April
Time: Noon - 3pm
Cost: $20
Details: Join award-winning, contemporary artist Katka Adams and be guided through a series of pastel drawing exercises to assist in building up skills and confidence. This class suits beginners and continuing drawers. Everyone will produce a finished artwork to take home on the day. Bookings are essential, limited numbers.

Friday³Live: Drawing the Legend of Croqland
Date: Friday, 15 April
Time: 7-9pm
Details: Come along for the opening of Animal FanFair and then stay on to take part in an interactive artwork facilitated by exhibiting artist Walter Stahl. Bring to life a three metre long Croqland-scape silhouette. The resulting communal artwork will be eclectic and diverse and all levels of artistic ability are welcome and accommodated. 18+ free event with cash bar available. Bookings are appreciated.

#PocketSizedProjects: Petite Ceramics with Bonnie
Date: Friday, 29 April
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $25 (materials supplied)
Details: Paint and personalise your very own ceramic bowl handmade by Bonnie Hislop! Learn basic ceramic painting techniques and gain knowledge of underglazes (ceramic paint) and processes. The bowl will then be glazed and fired and will be available for collection at the Caloundra Regional Gallery two weeks after the class date. Bookings are essential, limited numbers.

Visit council’s gallery website www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for bookings and more details.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.