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Emerald Art Gallery

The Emerald Art Gallery is located in the Central Highlands Regional Council building on Egerton Street, Emerald.

For information on exhibiting with us phone on 1300 242 686 or email

  • Current exhibition

    Reasonable and necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists

    Michael Doust, Born this way, 2014. Lino print. Image courtesy of the artist.

    Presented by Museums and Galleries Queensland
    10 February to 20 March 2020

    Official opening and artist talk: Friday 14 February with Louise Taylor | 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm

    ‘Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists’ is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland, curated by Lynne Seear.

    Artel is the creative studio of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, located in Redcliffe, south-east Queensland. They provide the necessary tools, space and instruction to support Artists with challenging physical disabilities to ‘access’ their work, allowing them to creatively express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.

    The exhibition title, Reasonable & Necessary, is taken from National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) criteria. With the uncertainty surrounding the NDIS, the Artel studio is not just reasonable and necessary, but essential, providing real career prospects for Artists.

    Daniel Swart, Dan’s Story, 2010. Reduction relief print, 885 x 1085mm, Courtesy of the artist and Artel.

    Works in the exhibition captivate on many levels – they have been grouped by the exhibition curator, Lynne Seear, into eight themes: Places, People, Family, Voices, Sailing, Driving, Mark Making and Artist Books.

    The Artel Artists’ works are described by Lynne as “refreshingly unpretentious and exceedingly skilled, using visual languages that are contemporary, distinctive and undeniably their own”.

    Christine Baillie, Untitled, 2014. Reduction relief print, 452 x 553mm. Courtesy of the artist and Artel.

    This project has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project is proudly sponsored by Hutchinson Builders and Moreton Bay Regional Council.


  • Upcoming exhibitions

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  • Central Highlands Annual Art Awards 2019

    The Central Highlands Annual Art Awards is a nation-wide competition that includes the Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award, Local Artist Award, Margaret Gibson Youth Award and the People’s Choice Award.

    The 2019 award winners are:

    Category One (Easel-based works)

    • First: Elena Churilova, Back to Nature
    • Second: Sandra Biggin, Spring’s Glory
    •  Highly commended: Garry Andrews, Mt Ball Central QLD
    Category Five (Digital art)

    • First: Glen Wright, Blue Door
    • Second: Glen Wright, Ebb and Flow
    Category Two (Works on paper)

    • First: Jet James, The Gift
    • Second: Shona Nicholls, Sunrise with Magpies
    • Highly commended: Joanne Kerr, Sepia Landscape
    Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award

    • Andrea Chapman, It’s About Time


    Category Three (3D works)

    • First: Lachlan Grierson, Industrial Protea Lamp
    • Second: Raelene Bock and Michelle Gray, Perpetual Abundance
    • Highly commended: Leonie Geary, Beachcomber coffee table
    Central Highlands Regional Council Local Artist Award

    • Lachlan Grierson, Industrial Protea Lamp


    Category Four (Photography)

    • First: Pam Bartlett-Munt, Ataahua Awaawa (Beautiful Valley)
    • Second: Jemma Ryan, Facing the Storms
    • Highly commended: Karen Galea, Hell on the Freeway
    Margaret Gibson Youth Award

    • Beau Ingram, Skogafoss Waterfall

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