Do you have an avid interest in the work of local artists? Are you looking to find a special something that’s handcrafted and one of a kind? If you’re anywhere near Brisbane then the Moreton Bay Region is only a hop, skip and jump away and there’s plenty of quirky places where you can get your hands on some abstract art and unique paintings. Here are ten places to start with.
Nestled near Brisbane, Samford is a town known for its creative community. Creative Samford Inc is responsible for this ever-growing art group as they are always welcoming new artists. Part of this creative area is the Slab Hut Art & Craft Association, where a diverse range of items can be found – which can be purchased – that also really reflect the variety of different artists.
Address: Main St, Samford QLD 4520
The local island in the Moreton Bay Region is home to the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. A creative place to visit to not only see the local artists paintings on display but there’s also the gift shop. It’s filled with an array of handcrafted items that it’s really got something to please every member of the family, from modern art to abstract art.
Address: 191 Sunderland Dr, Banksia Beach QLD 4507
On the last Sunday of every month, there are the Arts & Crafts Markets – or Vibe Markets – held at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. This is a chance for professional and amateur local artists alike to showcase original and fun art items and there’s a much wider range for consumers to choose from.
Address: Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, 191 Sunderland Dr, Banksia Beach QLD 4507
This quaint old town located near Brisbane is home to a treasure trove of art you’ll want to check out. The Old Petrie Town markets are picturesque with the stunning arts and crafts that are displayed in different stalls partnered with an equally stunning backdrop.
Address: 901 Dayboro Rd, Whiteside QLD 4503
The Pine Rivers Art Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space with a strong commitment to representing local artists in the Moreton Bay Region. The venue hosts a diverse program of contemporary art exhibitions near Brisbane, from solo exhibitions to large collaborative events. With every exhibition, the gallery strives to engage the community in meaningful ways. Don’t forget to purchase something from the gift shop on your way out.
Address: 7/199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine QLD 4500
The Redcliffe Jetty Markets continue to grow as more and more visitors come, resulting in even more stalls that are selling all pieces of art from local artists. Get your hands on a nifty caricature, a new painting for the living room or some abstract art for the foyer of your office.
Address: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe QLD 4020
A cool and crafty art studio right near Brisbane is the Old Fire Station of Redcliffe that is now an art centre. It’s home to the some of the best and aspiring artists of not only the Redcliffe area but all of the Moreton Bay Region.
Address: 395 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe QLD 4020
A hidden gem of the Moreton Bay Region that celebrates classic Aboriginal artwork. Dreamtime Kullilla Art can be found close by Redcliffe and inside there is a huge range of novelty, practical and traditional items that can be bought. All of which have been designed using beautiful Aboriginal art forms.
Address: Unit 7/349 Macdonnell Rd, Clontarf QLD 4019
Located in Dayboro, this Cottage themed art shop carries so many whimsical items that have been knitted, crochet, threaded, painted and sewn with love. These and other crafted items come in the form of:
Address: 29 Williams St, Dayboro QLD 4521
The Dayboro Art Gallery is home to over thirty local artists with an extensive cross-section of artworks. An impressive display of high quality, handcrafted wares are available to buy, and commissions are welcome. Affordable for everyone, the gallery shop is an ideal place to find that special gift. As the Dayboro Art Gallery is operated by the artists themselves, there is always an opportunity to meet and greet, be inspired and learn a new artistic technique. Covering all styles and genres, your personal tastes will be challenged, it not expanded by the gallery collection.
Address: Cnr William Street & Mt Mee Road
Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres. The volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.