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The Art Gallery is officially open!!
MP Glenn Butcher officially opened The Art Gallery Gladstone Hospital on Friday 14th December 2018.

Our first exhibitions are:

Local Artist Gallery, Jean Kane “Laughter is the best medicine, from the outback to the oceans”.

Schools Gallery, Ubobo State School “What’s that smell”.

Artz Hub Gallery, Katrina Elliott “One Wish”

School Exhibitions

Ubobo State School

Exhibition: What’s that smell?
Artists – Ubobo state School
Curator – Katrina Elliott
Medium – Photography

We all experience the world through our senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, body awareness and movement). How we translate sensory information into actions is called sensory processing.  How we process sensory information is different for everyone and we all have our own sensory preferences. There are things we like and other things we like to avoid if we can.

The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. It has the ability to spontaneously trigger a long-forgotten event or emotion.

While I was tutoring the student on the theme of their exhibition, I shared the experience of smelling my Grandmother before I could even see it was her. And how now every time I smell that same perfume it always triggers fond memories, I had with her.

Using photography the students and teachers of Ubobo State School invite you share in their experiences of “smell”, both good and bad. We hope this exhibition transports you to a place filled with wonderful memories triggered by (visual) smells.

Ubobo State School


Ubobo State School is a very small, rural primary school, situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley. It provides a quality education for children from Prep to Year 6, with present enrolments of 7 students. The school motto; ‘Trying is Doing’, is indicative of the philosophy shared with each student that they can achieve when they give things a go.

School staff are committed to achieving the best for students in academic, sporting, and cultural fields. They strive purposely to improve on the quality of education delivered through strategies that encourage continuous improvement in every student. Ubobo State School feel most fortunate to be involved in this project, The Art Gallery Gladstone Hospital’, having Katrina Elliott come into the school and share her artistic expertise.

Ubobo State School is committed to fostering a community of life-long learners that are willing and able to contribute to an active society. A strong academic curriculum that develops a broad range of knowledge across a range of fundamental areas is vital to help mould well-rounded individuals. Katrina has managed to add great value to our Arts program, helping students to see themselves as artists.

The students thoroughly enjoyed this project and were keenly interested in learning aspects of photography.

Art tells a story, and the students relished this opportunity to share one of their stories about smell.


Local Artists

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Congratulations to the six local artists chosen to exhibit in The Art Gallery Gladstone Hospital for our first 12 months.  Gladstone Region has a broad range of amazing artists this curation of works gives a small taste of the diversity our region has.

Exhibition Dates Local Artist
December 2018 – January 2019 Jean Kane
February – March 2019 Irene Sparks
April – May 2019 Margaret Worthington
June – July 2019 Leanne Cole
August – September 2019 Bindy Waugh
October – November 2019 Ping Carylon

For the Greater Good

My inspiration to develop this project has almost been like a serendipity event over several years.  I do believe it started quite a while ago when I met a beautiful lady called Loris Corowa. Loris worked as a Community Education Counsellor at Gladstone State High School for 21 years. In that time she worked tirelessly in assisting, encouraging, motivating, supporting and mentoring anyone that walked through her door.  Aunty Loris lost her battle to cancer in 2014. This news was shocking and devastating to not just family but everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Aunty Loris touched upon and made a difference to the lives of so many people.

I was fortunate to have many conversation with Loris all mostly leading in to the subject of “greater good”.  I didn’t really understand these words at the start and are guilty for looking it up in online.  There were many versions of the meanings, but I thought this one resonated with me the most.

“The greater goodIs a common expression which refers to the fact that you are doing something that most likely will not benefit you but many people, a community or even the human race according to the context.”

Through watching her work within the community I soon came to realise this “for the greater good” was something that was infectious in a good way. And so the Serendipity events started to roll.

In February 2015, I received a phone call from a young mother wanting to have family portraits taken before she commenced Chemotherapy treatment.  My heart just went into overdrive. I had to make this sitting be the most magical portraits I had ever done. Project Cranes for Sharon (2015) was born.  Then leading from the impact these little crane had made the beautiful Project One Wish (2016) was created in the Gladstone Hospital then leading to an exhibition in the Gladstone Art Gallery.

Quite a few people close to me were effected by cancer and art was my means of coping and finding them small ways to cope even if it was just about the story telling of art.
During these project I experienced first hand how art and community projects can make a difference. Bringing people together and creating magical spaces has lead me to building great relationship both inside and outside health, local and abroad.

2017 – 2018 It became very apparent to me that using my skills as an artist “For the Great of Good” is the very reason I was put here. 🙂