Coolum Art Collective (Coolum Art Group Inc)
has been active in the Coolum area in Queensland Australia since 1968.
We hold two major exhibitions a year, Easter and Spring at the Coolum Beach Civic Centre. At this time the group amalgamates with the local artisans who create Craft and Specialty Items and Art. The Collective also display its unique and creative artwork at the open-air Beach Gallery on the Esplanade Coolum; next to the Coolum Surf Club on an ad hoc basis, weather permitting.
With 20 local artists exhibiting their latest work, exhibition visitors will get the chance to see outstanding local artworks on display and find quality artwork at affordable prices to adorn their walls at home. Over 200 original works are offered for sale comprising a variety of styles and mediums, from traditional oils and watercolours to acrylic works. At each biannual exhibition, there is a themed section of works separate from the main body of work. Exhibiting artists each submit one piece of work based on this central idea and visitors will be invited to select their favourites in the People’s Choice Award.
Our meetings are held at the Civic Centre Coolum on the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 am. At these meetings, members discuss and swap ideas, critique each other’s work and advise on art materials and hanging techniques, and conduct post-mortems on previous events, the Beach Gallery, sales and visitors, exhibitions members’ entries and future exhibitions within the area. There is a ceiling of 20 members for the Group.
Coolum Art Collective History
The Collective owes its beginning to the late Mrs Daisy Murphy BA. It was she who first wrote to the Adult Education Department and asked for Art Classes to be held in the District. A teacher was appointed, the late Hazel Coulson, who later invited Thelma Brown to assist. They worked for four and a half years with a small group of students until the Department withdrew funding. It has carried on since, becoming a non-profit organisation. The Coolum Art Collective has become a fixture within the community and over the past fifty years has supported various charities in the region, with donations.