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Past Exhibitions

John Bennett, Jenni Catt & Angela Tay
7 July - 12 August 2017​


Three artists who each experiment with process and technique to explore our connections with nature.  For poet and photographer John Bennett, the focus is Eos, the half-hour before sunrise when light starts to overwhelm the gaps between the stars and gives us some sense of our ancestors’ experiences and aesthetic joy. For Angela Tay, it is the way ebbing tides surge and retreat, creating ever-changing dramas. Experimenting with ink and watercolours on tissue-thin paper, along with video and paper sculpture, her work is as unpredictable as what we experience on the beach. For Jenni Catt, meditating on the life force while she paints loosely - almost ritualistically - in watercolours, opens up questions of absence, presence and the soul of animals.

 Find out more about John Bennett and Jenni Cattt​.    




 John Bennett

First Light - From Eos to Helios  


Image Credit: John Bennett​Eos Rothko, 2017



Jenni Catt

Melting into the Sun


Image Credit: Jenni CattUntitled, 2017 


Angela Tay

Ebb Tide


​​Image Credit: Angela Tay, Billow, 2015 ​


East Coast Encounter
28 April 2017 - 17 June 2017​
Image Credit: Michael Cook, Undiscovered 4 
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.
This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts ‘Visions of Australia program’.
The exhibition is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum collection.
Find out more about East Coast Encounter.


Pinned to the Wall
Susan O'Doherty
3 March 2017 - 22 April 2017​
Image Credit: Susan O'Doherty, A Relationship 2015
Susan O’ Doherty explores the uneasy sphere of domestic violence. Featuring paintings and mixed media using recycled and found objects, this exhibition suggests the extremes and the everyday of home life. Her imagined scenes hint at an intense and sometimes dark underbelly.  It has always intrigued Susan “that the private persona is very different from the public one.  Outward appearances are just that: we behave differently behind closed doors.”

Pinned to the Wall features paintings and mixed media assemblages that question the domestic ideal, exploring themes of family violence and gender inequity.
Find out more about Susan O'Doherty.


Saltwater Freshwater Arts



13 January 2017 - 25 February 2017​



Image Credit: Tanya Taylor, Black Swans Nesting, Cattai



A showcase of Aboriginal art and culture from the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater region. The exhibition included the inaugural Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award, contemporary cultural objects, items from the National Aboriginal Design Agency and a historical photographic exhibition, Valuing our Past for a New Beginning.


Saltwater Freshwater Arts was curated by distinguished Aboriginal curator, writer and activist Djon Mundine OAM. The exhibition featured a program of events that included an Artist in Residence program with Adam Hill aka Blak Douglas; film screenings with award winning film maker, Darlene Johnson; Aboriginal storytelling with Gumbaynggirr, Dhungutti, Biripi, and Worimi elders; and ​weaving workshops and language events.

Find out more about the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, the 2017 Saltwater Freshwater Festival, and the National Aboriginal Design Agency.







 Paint My Place



30 September – 29 October 2016 

​​Image Credit: Reg Mombassa, Waves breaking on Split Solitary Island, 2016

The beauty of Moonee and the contrast of the local urban landscape inspired fifteen of Australia’s most prominent artists and painters to create new works which were exhibited at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 30 September 30 to 29 October, 2016.

The Paint My Place exhibition featured new and original works by Elisabeth Cummings, Myf Gullifer, Alan Jones, Ross Laurie, Steve Lopes, Euan McLeod, Reg Mombassa, Idris Murphy, Peter O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty, Adrienne Richards, Isabel Ricketts, Amanda Penrose Hart, Luke Sciberras and Ann Thomson.

The artists, who are mainly based in Sydney, were invited to a ten-day residency at Moonee Beach in 2016 thanks to the very generous support of the Friends of the Gallery.

The resulting works were inspired by a variety of landscapes – the natural beauty of Moonee Beach, local suburban landscapes and Coffs Harbour’s cityscapes. The artworks were as varied as the subjects. The exhibition featured landscapes in oil created outdoors, ceramic plates, sculptural installations and mixed media collages.

It was a hugely successful artists’ camp inspiring more than 70 new works that starred in the Paint My Place exhibition.