Culture and Arts

1. Overview

Queanbeyan and the Palerang region continue to grow into a thriving vibrant community. Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and the many rural towns and villages in the region have a unique cultural identity, history and heritage that can be expressed through its arts and culture. Council provides the community with a Community and Cultural Development team to develop, facilitate and promote cultural projects and activities in the community.

Council believes culture and the arts plays an important role in building strong, vibrant and cohesive communities. From public art to performance, events to exhibitions, get involved and be inspired by the exciting cultural and arts expressions in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Region.

  • Public Art
  • Exhibitions at The Q
  • The Regional Art Awards
  • Arts Trail and Open Studio Event
  • The Cultural Arts Assistance Scheme

For more information please contact the Community and Cultural Development team on 02 6285 6170 or email


The Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Government Area is home to a substantial number of creative people, makers and professional artists, many of whom have a studio or gallery space in the region. We support the creative members of our community through public art projects, exhibitions, awards and prizes, and events - encouraging everyone to participate.

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For more information please contact us on 02 6285 6170 or email

2. Annual Art Awards

2021 Art Awards

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The Art Awards started in 2008 following a partnership with the Queanbeyan Art Society dating back to 1975.

Council sponsored a major acquisitive prize at the society’s annual exhibition and the prize-winning artworks form the bulk of council’s art collection. The collection also contains additional works acquired at these exhibitions and others that have been gifted, and totals approximately 130 works.

Since 2008 the Art Awards have been a non-acquisitive exhibition sponsored and managed by QPRC and held in The Q-Exhibition Space, in Queanbeyan.

QPRC are working in partnership with the Bendigo Bank’s Braidwood and Bungendore Community Branches to increase the major art prize and expand the prize offerings. This will bring our regional art awards in line with others around the state with a TOTAL prize pool of $12,000.

2021 Awards

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  • The QPRC Acquisitive Art Award: $5,000 
  • Youth Emerging Artist Award: $2,000
  •  Small Sculpture Award: $2,000
  •  Ceramics Award: $1,000
  •  Bendigo Pick Award: $1,000
  •  People’s Choice Award: $1,000 

The 2021 Art Awards & Exhibition will be on display in The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan. The official opening and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 27 May. The Exhibition will be open to the public from 28 May to 19 June.

Key Dates

Online entries open 15 March-10 May
Delivery or artworks 17-19 May
Award announcements 27 May
Exhibition 28 May-19 June
Collection of artworks 21-22 June

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Entry Form

Entries can be submitted:

Previous Winners

Previous Winners of the Regional Art Award

  • 2008 Timo Nest
  • 2009 Claire Primrose
  • 2010 June Roblom
  • 2011 Timo Nest
  • 2012 Sharon Field
  • 2013 Debra Boyd-Goggon
  • 2014 Sonja Kalenjuk
  • 2015 Claire Primrose
  • 2016 Sally Simpson
  • 2017 Harriet Schwartzrock & Suzanne Moss
  • 2018 Gunther Deix & Erin Conron
  • 2019 Linda Dening


4. Cultural Grants

Cultural Arts Assistance Grant

Information about this grant can be found under the Grants and General Donations Scheme tab here

5. Cultural Development and Public Art Panel

We have a Cultural Development and Public Art Panel that is actively involved in the future of culture and the arts in the region. The panel has dual roles:

  1. To progress and implement Council’s Cultural Plan and to advise and recommend ways to action Cultural Plan strategies;
  2. To provide expert advice on the development and implementation of public art projects within the framework of Council’s Public Art Policy.

The Panel meets bi-monthly, with the location and venue alternating between the three main centres of Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood.

For more information please contact us on 02 6285 6170 or email

Panel Members

Helen Musa - As Arts Editor with the CityNews, Helen is active in local arts and culture through the reporting of, participation in, and promotion of a wide range of arts and cultural activities in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region. Helen has broad consultation experience with the local community and understands the role of media to inform community and as a promotional tool. Helen was a former QCC Panel member.

Tracy Bourne - Freelance singing and drama teacher in Bungendore and Canberra, having recently set up a community choir in Bungendore. As Co-director of SEAM Inc. Tracey delivered art projects with schools and community members, and has been involved in broad consultation with the community, including indigenous performers.

Jo Cresswell - Local musician, performer and singing teacher, Jo has chaired several public meetings to discuss a community Arts Centre for Queanbeyan. Through her roles as Assistant and Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival, Jo has extensive experience in community consultation. In addition, she was the Treasurer for the Artist's Shed Collective in 2015 and has hosted an Artist Support Group in Queanbeyan. Jo was a former QCC Panel member.

Yolande Norris - Yolande is an ANU School of Art graduate and has worked with visual arts organisations including the National Gallery of Australia, Gorman House Arts Centre and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Yolande has also worked on cross-arts festivals including ‘This is Not art’ and ‘You are Here’ festival.

Barry Cranston - As President of the Queanbeyan Arts Society (QAS), painter and Vice Chair of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Barry has been actively involved in local public art projects and processes and regularly consults with a large cross section of the community. Barry was a former QCC Panel member.

Janita Byrne - Janita works as an arts educator at the National Gallery and is aware of issues in the public art sphere both at a local and national level. A practising artist, art teacher and Braidwood Regional Arts Group (BRAG) committee member for over 15 years, Janita is also involved with the Braidwood Quilt Festival. Janita successfully secured funding for the Braidwood Art Prize and for improvements to the Community Arts Centre.

Maggie Hickey - President of the Braidwood Regional Arts Group (BRAG), Maggie is also a member of several community-based art groups with experience of community public art projects including the installation of an indigenous stone monument in Braidwood’s Ryrie Park. Through her time as a member of the Legislative Assembly in the NT, Maggie has a deep understanding of culture and its meaning in the wider community.

Susan Conroy - Executive Director of Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS), Susan has extensive experience in working with urban designers and planners in public place, place-making and master planning projects since the early 1990's. Susan has been working as a cultural planner and consultant for over 26 years and has extensive experience working with local government.

6. The Q Exhibition Space

The Cultural Development Officer is responsible for the exhibition calendar for the The Q Exhibition Space.

The Exhibition Space provides a stunning venue for a wide variety of exhibits by local and national artists and is able to accommodate touring exhibitions from regional, state and national groups and institutions. The Q exhibition program aims to display exhibitions of local, regional, and national prominence. A regular changing program of outstanding visual arts, crafts and design are displayed. The program aims to be broad and responsive, and to cater for the needs and interests of the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.

In aiming to assist the ongoing development of Australian art, the exhibition program includes innovative works by contemporary artists and young emerging artists. The exhibition program endeavours to support artists whose work is innovative and reflects the highest standards in concept, style and technique.

The natural light and flexible layout of the exhibition space, teamed with the halogen lighting system and versatile track hanging system culminate in a highly desirable exhibition space. The exhibition space is a generous 14 x 8 metres, with ample storage and a large selection of plinths available for 3D work.

The Q Exhibition Space is also the perfect location to host an elegant dinner or cocktail party, intimate cabaret show or as a lecture room. The Q welcome enquiries for your special event.

View the current exhibition program on The Q website.

View the venue hiring information on The Q website.

For more information please contact us on 02 6285 6170 or email

7. Public Art

Our Public Art Policy(PDF, 84KB) actively seeks opportunities to develop public art around the City.

In 2014 a Public Art Walk was developed to enable visitors and locals to discover the diverse range of wonderful creations located around the City. A copy of the walk map and brochure can be downloaded here(PDF, 466KB) .

For more information please contact us on 02 6285 6170 or email

Public artworks have been installed at the following locations around Queanbeyan including:

Sensory Garden, Ray Morton Park

  • 'Morty' the Snail Sculpture by Neil Dickinson
  • Connect, Grow, Celebrate – Ceramic Tile Installation – Community project coordinated by artist Diana Quiggin
  • Jullergung Totem Poles by local Indigenous artists, Matilda House, Louise Brown, Justin Brown, Cheree Williams, Jerikye Williams, Kaden Williams, Joseph Williams, Tenay Williams and Mick Huddleston (Coordinated by Matilda House)
  • UFOnium – Recycled gas bottle musical sculpture by Jack Dallwitz
  • Sonic Bench Sound Sculpture – by Kim Bowman. Activated when pressure is placed on the bench seat
  • Accessible Marimba by Kim Bowman. Wheelchair accessible interactive sound sculpture

Queen Elizabeth II Park

  • Volunteers mosaic artwork seat by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend
  • RESPECT mosaic panel – Community project coordinated by Freya Jobbins. Original artwork by Jerrabomberra Public School student Sophie McKinley
  • Permanent table tennis table sponsored by Bost Civil with artwork by Mike Shankster
  • Native Fauna Stainless Steel Bin Surrounds by Neil Dickinson

Crawford Street Lifestyle Precinct

  • The Queanbeyan Honour Walk Pavement Plaques - featuring notable Queanbeyan people
  • Names of historic people engraved on street bollards
  • Bird sculptures on top of the street signs by Neil Dickinson
  • Native Flora Stainless Steel Bin Surrounds by Neil Dickinson
  • Mosaic panels on outdoor seating - Community project by 7 local community groups, coordinated by Kim Grant
  • Laneway Mural by Neil Dickinson and students from the Queanbeyan High Metals Trade School

Various locations

  • Kimono artwork and Cherry Blossoms in the Sister City Park
  • John Gale sculpture located on the corner of Monaro and Lowe Streets
  • Aboriginal mural at Letchworth Community Centre
  • Steel Poetry Panels - installed in Poets Lane, Queanbeyan Museum, Riverbank Café and at Jerrabomberra Pond
  • ‘Queany’ the Platypus by Neil Dickinson with the mosaic component coordinated by Freya Jobbins, A combined artist / community project
  • Queens Bridge Mural with artwork by Mike Shankster. The mural celebrates the past and present identity of Queanbeyan and the contemporary large-scale, highly visible work supports the ongoing development of a cultural precinct in the area.
  • Karabar Open Spaces project – Paint a Post - a community project with painted posts being installed in and around Karabar as part of the beautification project. Post locations are Dane Park and Coolebah Park, with painted posts and mosaic seats installed in front of Karabar netball courts on the corner of Southbar and Candlebark. 
  • Book stack power box by Adam Long - painted work outside Queanbeyan Library
  • Queanbeyan Library Artworks by six local artists. Artworks are located outside and inside the Library.

8. Culture and Arts Regional Directory

Galleries, Museums and Theatres

Queanbeyan Art Society

The Queanbeyan Art Society is a non-profit organisation which holds art exhibitions, competitions and classes. It is a working gallery and has 11 monthly exhibitions, some of which are Open Competitions with the remainder for Members only.

Situated on the banks of the Queanbeyan River and housed in the historic O’Neill’s Cottage. On the eve of the cottage's demolition, the Queanbeyan City Council was urged to reconsider the demolition order and offered it instead to the Queanbeyan Arts Society (QAS) to develop as their Art Centre. The QAS accepted the challenge and in 1980 the QAS Trust was formed and with the help of monetary donations and voluntary labour, the cottage was restored.

The Press Gallery

The Press Gallery is a small artist-run gallery specialising in contemporary printmaking and opened its doors in late 2016. The small shopfront gallery in the heart of Queanbeyan is also the studio of Peter McClean. The Press Gallery will be open for exhibition launches and other special events, by appointment, and at various other random times while Peter is at work in the attached studio. The Press Gallery aims to offer an affordable space for artists to exhibit, and the small scale of the gallery means it can be a suitable space for a solo show to be developed over a fairly short time scale or for small scale works that could feel lost in larger spaces.

Queanbeyan Museum

The Queanbeyan Historical Museum has been preserving and promoting Queanbeyan’s History and Heritage for 47 years. The incorporated not-for-profit society was established in 1969 with the aim to express the sense of history, place and identity in the Queanbeyan region. It does this by operating a museum, developing a collection and promoting historical activities that are interesting, educational and relevant to both residents and visitors.

Queanbeyan Printing Museum

The Queanbeyan Printing Museum attempts to preserve the knowledge of printing practices in Queanbeyan from 1860 until the mid-1980s, including hot metal printing skills and machinery. Australian newspaper proprietor John Gale (17 April 1831 – 15 July 1929) was the founder of The Queanbeyan Age, the first newspaper to serve the Queanbeyan district in New South Wales. Along with Sir Austin Chapman, Gale was often referred to as the ‘Father of Canberra’ in his support for the Queanbeyan-Canberra area as the best site of a future Australian national capital.

The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre

Regarded as the premier entertainment facility in the city, The Q is spacious, light and elegant and provides an outstanding program of professional and amateur productions, changing art exhibitions and displays. The prestigious and quality facilities provide a range of unique spaces for performing and visual arts, corporate events and social occasions.

The theatre has 346 comfortable seats with ample leg room and provides a warm, intimate atmosphere popular for both performers and audiences. The design and configuration provides opportunity for live theatre productions, concerts, forums, conferences, conventions, movies, music or film festivals, award ceremonies, digital, video and audio recordings, television or radio broadcasts, HSC exam performances, performing arts workshops and more.

The venue offers technical facilities including sound and lighting desks, an orchestra pit which can be covered, dressing rooms and a computerised box office. The venue has bar facilities, lounge and cafe areas, and disabled access. In addition it offers Front of House staff, Ushers, Box Office and Bar staff when required.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery provides a space, where wood workers can display their works, where diversity is encouraged, and fine craftsmanship is essential with the aim of providing the best possible space to display a diversity of the best Australian art and craft.

The current Bungendore Wood Works Gallery complex, situated directly opposite the original Gallery site, was opened in April, 1994 by the Honourable Jim Snow MP. The Gallery was designed by Bungendore architect Maurice Barnes and built in 1994 to create the ideal environment for exhibiting wood and other media. The Gallery is built entirely from Australian materials, including Jarrah posts, beams and staircase; Tasmanian Oak floors, Ebonised Victorian Ash frames, and New South Wales Flooded Gum wall paneling. We take the view that a gallery should be a "work of art" in itself, and invoke the same diligence, creativity and passion that the best makers put into their work.

Bungendore Fine Art

Bungendore Fine Art is a friendly gallery owned & operated by eight artists. The gallery provides quality art for all tastes and budgets, with an ever-changing display of about 150 paintings ranging from large works to miniatures. Monthly exhibitions feature guest artists; with artist/partners rostered to attend to visitors. The artist/directors share an impressive record of prizes from local, interstate and national art shows. Each contributes their range of skills to the running of the gallery, which is open seven days a week all year, with an exhibition by a different visiting artist almost every month.

Suki & Hugh Gallery

Suki & Hugh is a purpose-built contemporary gallery in located in the heart of Bungendore, and is a quality address for artists and makers to present their wares. The Gallery offers a managed gallery space for artist exhibitions and a gallery shop for designers.

Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and Mirramu Dance Company

Formed in 2002, Mirramu Dance Company is directed by well-known Australian dance pioneer Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM. The Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and Mirramu Dance Company presents professional productions every year and believes in sharing and communicating through the creative process, inviting artists from different disciplines to work with the company. The company encourages inter-cultural exchange and has established collaborations with Indigenous Australian dance artists as well as performers from Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore  the Netherlands and Senegal.

Braidwood Community Arts Centre

Braidwood Community Arts Centre is owned and operated by Braidwood Regional Arts Group (BRAG), an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, continues the tradition set by the Braidwood Group of the 1970’s, which brought together artists from a wide range of mediums. BRAG looks after the interests of nearly one hundred and fifty artists and craftpersons, writers and performers, creating and maintaining links of support between its members. It also provides peer support and opportunities for interaction among its members and arranges for relaxed gatherings where news and ideas can be shared, as well as serving as a lobbying body that advocates the recognition of artists' contribution to the economic development of the region and the improvement of the financial status of its members.

The Left Hand Gallery

The Left Hand Gallery is a visual art gallery established in 2010 as a non-profit venture, it has the aim of supporting imaginative visual artists free from the usual commercial pressures of mainstream galleries. It has three or four exhibitions a year, each running for three weekends (and other times by appointment). Exhibitions often include a number of artists brought together through a shared medium (such as drawing, printmaking, sculpture or hand made books) or a thematic interest or similarity of approach. Solo or survey shows are also organised for single artists we feel deserving of special attention or recognition. Ignoring trends or traditions, the accent is on encouraging handmade artworks that show the individual, idiosyncratic sensibility of their maker. Exhibiting artists are both from the local region and from much further afield.

Altenburg & Co

Altenburg & Co gallery and shop is a family business that specialises in beautiful art and great design. The Altenburg name has been on the streets of Braidwood for nearly 40 years and has been a strong supporter of the arts over this time.

Fyre Gallery

Fyre Gallery is a boutique fine art commercial gallery specialising in works on paper and textiles. Located in the unique heritage listed town of Braidwood, Fyre Gallery is committed to an ethos of beautiful, functional and sustainable. Since opening in 2005 Fyre Gallery has acquired a reputation for surprising and delighting clients and visitors alike. Exhibitions occur twice yearly in March/April and November/December.

Stur Gallery

Stur Gallery located inside Fyre Gallery is a commercial gallery and store in the heritage listed town of Braidwood and is focused on showing contemporary art.

Braidwood Museum

The Braidwood and District Historical Society was founded in 1970 to celebrate, protect and share the heritage of the region. The aim of the Society is to encourage the study of the history of Braidwood and district and promote and undertake the preservation, storage and display of artefacts and records of historical interest. The Society promote and publish historical works and studies related to the area and foster the sharing of information through lectures, readings, discussions, excursions and exhibitions. They own and run the Braidwood Museum which holds a rich collection of objects and archives and their researchers assist with family history enquiries and we sell a large selection of books relevant to the area.

National Theatre Braidwood

The iconic National Theatre Braidwood hosts annual events, such as the ‘Outdoor Airing of the Quilts’ event and monthly Film Club screenings. The theatre can seat an audience of 200 as well as being suitable for functions. The theatre has audio-visual equipment, is heated and has bay lighting, discreet side wall lighting and spot lighting. There are two dressing rooms, a curtained stage and an extended stage apron. There are exhibition tracks and fittings along with six moveable flat screens.

The Outsider Gallery Captains Flat

The Outsider Gallery (telephone 02 6236 6160) is open most Sundays from 11am – 3pm but call before you go (there to make sure they're open. You can take stroll through the gallery and studio, have a chat to the resident artist Gunther Deix, relax in the sculpture garden, or discover treasures amongst the funky junk.

Community Arts Organisations

Queanbeyan-Palerang is home to a wide range of cultural organisations that provide a range of opportunities to artists and the community.

Molonglo Plains (Queanbeyan) Decorative and Fine Arts Society

The Molonglo Plains (Queanbeyan) Decorative and Fine Arts Society provides members and visitors a program of eight illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.


QWriters meet once a month to share life’s wisdom, anguish, annoyance, sadness and humor through the medium of writing. Members are a mix of published writers, novice writers, ages, genders, nationalities, Queanbeyan locals and interstate interlopers. The group share their own work, excerpts of larger works, book recommendations, upcoming events, writing competitions and more, and welcome new members.

Queanbeyan Quilters Inc.

The Queanbeyan Quilters Inc. is a community organisation and members get together weekly to share their enthusiasm and skills in patchwork, quilting and many other textile arts. Activities include:

  • Workshops to learn new skills and to share skills.
  • Exhibition of members’ work every two years.
  • Making quilts for local organisations and international appeals.

Bungendore Quilters Inc.

Bungendore Quilters Inc. was established at the end of 2008 and is made up of a diverse, ecclectic group of quilters, embroiderers, sewers and anyone who enjoys textile arts is welcome to join. The group meet monthly in the Bungendore School of Arts with the Annual Quilt Exhibition and raffle event every year. Visitors are more than welcome to attend meetings and they welcome new members.

Braidwood Quilters Inc.

The Braidwood Quilters Inc. is a community organisation responsible for:

  • the annual Braidwood Quilt Event and the famous Airing of the Quilts
  • the Braidwood Quilters mid-year Country Luncheon
  • planning monthly community quilt workshops
  • Wednesday sewing, fun and goss
  • supporting worthy projects
  • travelling quilts to support other quilting organisations
  • initiating and participating in ‘fusion events’, which cross over into other areas of the arts

Knitters Guild NSW (Queanbeyan)

The Knitters' Guild NSW Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation established over 30 years ago to promote and encourage the skills of Knitting and Crochet amongst its members and the wider community. The Guild provides the opportunity for members to learn both traditional and modern techniques, and to keep up with the latest developments in material developments and knitting and crochet design in Australia and internationally. It also encourages maintenance of high standards in design and technique, and encourages the exhibition of members’ work. The Guild encourages local dyers and retailers to become retail members, which brings benefits to both their business and to Guild members.

Their 800 members have the opportunity to attend local group meetings, workshops, and classes. They can undertake assessable tasks for certificates, and partake in the many social and educational opportunities offered by the Guild across the state. Knitting and crochet are far from moribund crafts. New techniques and ways of creating fabrics are being developed constantly by designers around the world, and the Guild is in the forefront of these developments, offering classes and workshops in both traditional and modern techniques and skills, and hosting international teachers.

Music and Performance

Sing Australia (Queanbeyan)

Sing Australia accepts that everyone can sing and it makes no judgement on how well that happens. It is inclusive and welcoming of everyone. It is about making happy connections with people from all walks of life and demographics within groups and through performances –often impromptu.

Bungendore Country Music Muster

The Bungendore Country Music Muster is unique in that it is the only ‘all Australian’ country music festival in Australia and has a core policy of existing for the betterment and benefit of the Bungendore community and Australian country music. All money raised during the festival goes to the local community and on improving the facilities for patrons.

Majors Creek Festival

Originally hosted by the Braidwood Folk Music Club as the Music at the Creek Festival until 2011 the Majors Creek Festival is a vibrant annual music festival held at the Majors Creek Recreation Ground.

In recognition of its former president, Ros Hales, and her commitment to music, the arts and equity and her wonderful contribution to the Majors Creek Festival, the Braidwood Folk Music Club sponsors the Ros Hales Award for Young Women in Music. Majors Creek Festival and Braidwood Folk Music Club recognise the under-representation of female performers at music festivals and within the broader music industry in Australia. This new initiative is designed to support and encourage young female performers and to provide opportunities for high profile performances and pay equity in a friendly and supportive festival environment.

Queanbeyan Players Inc.

Queanbeyan Players (QP) is a community theatre group based in Queanbeyan with around 120 members across all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience, QP has been bringing high-quality plays and musical theatre to the region since 1965. The group was incorporated in 1987. Although their on-stage performers are QP’s most visible public presence, a great many people contribute to getting them on the boards. They are always looking for new members to be involved in a variety of capacities, including music, directing, stage managing, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, set design and construction, graphic design, photography, publicity and communications, and front of house.

Cultural organisations

Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre assists people from diverse cultural backgrounds to live harmoniously in the region.

The friendly team can help with:

  • Someone to talk to
  • Friends & relationships
  • Finding a job
  • Getting on at school
  • Family matters
  • Exploringing new opportunities

Regular activities include:

  • Multicultural Playgroup
  • Conversation Groups
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Women's Group

Each year Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre in partnership with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council organises and supports the whole community to come together and celebrate the diversity and vitality of the region during the Queanbeyan Carnivale - Multicultural Festival.