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Welcome to our website!

BAVA are a group of artists ranging from beginners, intermediate to professional . . . focusing on supporting and developing the talents of local artists to benefit the cultural community of the Banana Shire.

We organize and co-ordinate various workshops through the year and are active participants in cultural events such as the annual Brigalow Arts Festival, Callide Valley Show and individual and combined exhibitions through out the Banana Shire.

We provide information on our calendar of events including workshops, art competitions and Flying Arts details.

Please feel free to leave any comments! We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are an artist or aiming to take up some creative pursuits ... please JOIN US! We are eager to hear from you.

Art news from other art groups are also most welcome!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Wrapt in Rocky 2012

Rural, Regional and Remote Art Competition

The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare in partnership with the National Rural Health Alliance are supporting an art competition.

The organisations wish to obtain original artwork from Australian artists located in rural, regional and remote areas for use on the cover of its major biennial report "Australia's Health 2012" and companion summary "Australia's health 2012 in brief".

The theme for the artwork is the health and wellbeing of Australians.

A cash prize of $1,000 will be offered to the winning artist.

Fr further information see or contact Tulip Penney on 02 6244 1114 or 0419 239 582 or email

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Josh Cleary Stencilling & Aerosol Workshop

Drawn to India 2012

DRAWN TO INDIA, RajasthanShekhawati Artist Study Trip –

 26 February – 11 March 2012

A unique visual journey exploring the textures and colours of vibrant rajasthan and the Shekhawati region.  The tour combines guided tuition, mixed media workshops and visits to traditional artisans. Our stimulating programme of experiences and locations are designed to trigger exciting new creative development. Create a sketchbook imbued with once in a lifetime experiences. Small groups ensure a relaxed and special experience.
M: 0400 991 710 / (07) 4637 8840 

 Places are limited to 8-10 persons and priority will be given on a first come basis.  Should you be interested please contact me on:
 M: 0400 991 710

Price: $2,750
Includes twin share accommodation and all breakfasts; ac minibus transport; internal flight; jeep safari; guide fees and entrance fees to all scheduled monuments/locations and sketchbook guidance/ tuition. International flights are not included;  

Local tipping fee – approx $100
Single Supplement: $650

Invitation by Creative Regions

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

BAVA learns Encaustics!

Sydney Artist, Mo Godbeer flew up to Biloela on the weekend to teach 11 eager students the art of encaustic painting! The two day RADF funded workshop covered everything for a beginner to encaustic painting from preparation of the medium and paint to effects using collage, adding texture to shellac burns, image transfers and how to set up and work in an encaustic studio safely.

Students enjoyed this workshop immensely and hopefully we shall see many encaustic artworks in this region in the future.

 Mo discusses different texture techniques
Glenda and Ingrid 'cooking'

 ... the unfortunate bee who we lured to his demise!
 wet shellac burn

 Kym at work

Maria at work

 Helen, Ingrid and Glenda

 Jenelle, Kym & Terrica
 Mo filtering the wax medium
 Mo fusing the tissue paper

Tracey & Sarah busy
the happy group!
Thank you to Mo for coming all this way to share your passion for this wonderful medium!

Wine After Work Women's Association

Monday, 1 August 2011


6TH August · 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Location- Redeemer Primary School
Collard Street, Biloela

Studio Time is for all (members and non members) ... a chance to get together to share ideas, work on creations or just talk 'art' in a relaxed, fun environment. Come along and bring a friend.
Cost $5 covers hire of art room. Tea & coffee provided. No RSVP Required.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Life Drawing One Day Workshop ...

Life Drawing
2nd July
at the Community Arts on Gondoon Centre 

with Irene Sparks tutoring and our professional model Naomi modelling
at Gladstone Picture Framing
$75 for the day - includes tutoring, model, lunch and tea/coffees

Hayley Ridden

Gladstone Picture Framing
59 Central Lane
Gladstone, QLD 4680
Tel/Fax: (07) 4972 2493

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Michele Lyons (Briggs) Mixed Media Workshop 10 April 2011 ... Success!!!

Looks like a wonderful workshop if the results of the artworks is any indication ... Wow!!! Great effort by the students & a big thank you to our BAVA member Michele for sharing your knowledge and experience!!!


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Tracey Hewitt Scarf-making Workshop!

Tracey demonstrating how the start a scarf
 Helen & Glenda working on their scarves with Sarah's in the foreground
Tracey demonstrating sewing the scarf
 Millie Matha's scarf pinning ready for sewing
Judy Vande Have's scarf preparation
Browynne Bates' finished scarf
Gail Van Itallie's finished scarf
Sarah Larsen's scarf nearly ready to sew
Glenda's Scarf
Kym Simms sewing her scarf
The happy group!

Another great workshops on the weekend .... making FABULOUS individual scarves! Congrats to Tracey and all the talented students!