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Solo exhibition | Caloundra Regional Gallery | 12 May to 25 June 2023 

Ruby Donohoe’s experimental work draws on her public transport journey between Coolum and Caloundra, with the exhibition outcome presented at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

This exhibition is the outcome of a 10-month residency at Sub Tropic Studio, presented by Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA) in partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery.

THIS IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT YOU is an irreverent and tender ode to ‘close enough is good enough’.

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Presented in partnership with Sunshine Coast Film Festival
Maija Isola Master Of Colour And Form    

Maija Isola’s art and designs were often inspired by nature in all its forms and her designs for Marimekko helped propel that company into the world.

Special promo code for SCCA members:  SCCAMI 
Enter this code when purchasing tickets for a discount



The Refinery is an annual creative business incubator program designed to support independent artists and creative industry practitioners establish and grow viable and sustainable businesses. 


The program was launched in 2019 through a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council, SunCentral and the MET, and the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA). Having already supported 58 creative businesses across four successful years, Refinery 5.0 will be delivered by Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, marking an important milestone in the growth of the arts sector on the Sunshine Coast.

SCCA President Liz Burcham said: “Taking responsibility for The Refinery will see SCCA continue to play a pivotal role in enabling and strengthening the Sunshine Coast’s creative sector. Importantly, this opportunity is also a platform to grow the SCCA business model and position it to play a more dynamic leadership role in Coast’s creative future.“

Megan Rowland, Team Leader of Creative Development for Sunshine Coast Council and  Bronwyn Adams, Project Manager City Activation, Maroochydore City Centre for SunCentral were both instrumental in founding The Refinery and are enthusiastic about the future of The Refinery under SCCAs leadership.

Megan said: “We are immensely proud of what has been achieved through The Refinery over the last four years. The Refinery has made a significant contribution to invigorating the creative sector and revealing the immense creative talent here. As the peak industry body of our region, SCCA is best placed to continue building on the growth and success of the program. Sunshine Coast Council will be the Refinery 5.0’s major investment partner through the new Arts & Heritage Levy and will work closely with SCCA and The Refinery participants to continue to strengthen the creative ecology of our region.”

Bronwyn shares this sentiment: “The Refinery has played a key role in building and strengthening the creative sector and importantly supporting creatives to live and work on the Sunshine Coast. Our population and the creative sector are both on equal growth trajectories and The Refinery will continue to play a vital capacity building role. The new Maroochydore City Centre looks forward to continuing to collaborate and build networks with The Refinery and its participants as a Program Partner.”

Shaye Hardisty, Founder of Little House Seamstress was a participant in the 2021 program and has since gone on to collaborate with Ketakii Jewson-Brown on the highly successful Sunshine Coast Project. “From sewing on the kitchen table to where I am now, The Refinery really helped me challenge my idea of what a business can be. It’s taught me how to build my practice, that business can be fun and that it should serve your lifestyle and community.”

SCCA will run The Refinery in its proven format of a 10-week intensive program and this year’s learning curriculum has a renewed focus on personal growth and leadership, designed to build participants capacity to grow their practice, gain visibility, understand their value and the context in which they operate, identify new markets and be positioned to become the region’s next creative leaders.

The Refinery 5.0 will support a total of 20 artists, creative practitioners and entrepreneurs, with five identified First Nations positions, who will also participate in a dedicated First Nations led series, curated and facilitated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors and creatives. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a one-day bootcamp on Saturday 25th March as part of the program selection process. 


Applications are now closed.


For more information about Refinery 5.0 and to apply, please visit

The Refinery was founded in 2019 through a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council, SunCentral and the MET, and the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance.

Refinery 5.0 is an initiative delivered by the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and supported by ArtsCoast, Sunshine Coast Council through the Arts and Heritage Levy; and SunCentral and the MET.The First Nations enterprise series is delivered by ArtsCoast, Sunshine Coast Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council.

Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA) presents an exciting opportunity for an early to mid-career visual artist based on the Sunshine Coast looking to experiment within their practice through a 10-month artist residency including an exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

The artist will have exclusive use of a large 34-square metre space appropriate for a breadth of practices at Sub Tropic Studio, a disused bus terminus building in Caloundra which has been repurposed as a creative space including three studios, co-working spaces and a workshop space.

To support creative experimentation, the artist will receive a $7,500 fee and in consultation with the artist, SCCA will engage a mentor to support the artist’s creative development and provide critical feedback.

Through a partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery the program includes a 6-week solo exhibition (12 May – 25 June 2023) of work made during the residency that will be supported by an exhibition catalogue including a commissioned essay from an arts writer. The artist will be paid an exhibition fee of $3,125.


“This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.”

Image credit: Stelarc Re-Wired / Re-Mixed 2016. Radical Ecologies, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth. Photo: Steven Alyian.

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Critical Light

Presented by Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance

Are you a highly engaged contemporary practitioner wanting to expand your critical appreciation of contemporary arts practices? Apply to participate in Critical Light.

Twelve artists will journey Horizon Festival with Provocateur Dr Margi Brown Ash (artist, educator and researcher) to shine a critical light on the program through interpretation, contextualisation, and engage in rigorous discussion.

There are eight places for artists who reside on the Sunshine Coast and four places are reserved for artists who reside on the Gold Coast through the support of the City of Gold Coast.

Critical Light will enable you to see a program of works throughout Horizon Festival with artist peers, including Provocateur Dr Margi Brown Ash, and engage in conversations about your interpretations of the work.

To be eligible for the program you will need to be available to participate in the whole program schedule of shows and group discussions that will take place across the Sunshine Coast. The days and times you will need to be available are as follows:

Friday 26 August, 5pm – 9pm, Cotton Tree

Saturday 27 August, 10am – 1pm, Tanawha and Sippy Downs

Sunday 28 August, 3pm – 5.30pm, Cotton Tree

Tuesday 30 August, 5.30pm – 8pm, Cotton Tree

Friday 2 September, 6pm - 9pm, Cotton Tree

Saturday 3 September, 1pm - 7pm, Nambour and Kawana

Sunday 4 September, 5am – 7.30am, Coolum

If your application is successful, you will be provided with complementary tickets to the programmed shows.

The successful applicants from the Gold Coast will be supported by the City of Gold Coast through a stipend of $1300 as a contribution to their time, travel expenses and accommodation. 

To apply to be selected to participate in Critical Light complete your application by 7 July 2022.