News & Events

News & Events


Register NOW for your spot at our monthly meet-up.

This month we will be hearing from James Stickland and Patricia McInerney. Two creatives so passionate about their talent, ability and connection to their craft. We are looking forward to hearing about their journey, awards and current projects.

PLUS free coffees from the brilliant Slide Coffee, right in studio!

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.”

Past events...

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

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.