Stradbroke Early Learning Centre art auction

Art auction

Artwork by Stradbroke Early Learning Centre students Deanne and Jayka

Works by some of Straddie’s best local artists will be auctioned on Saturday 30 September to raise funds for the Straddie Early Learning Centre.

This year for the first time the auction and an art show will include work by the children at the centre who have just completed a six week course run by cultural facilitator, eco-environmental art mentor and teacher Craig Tapp.

Stradbroke Early Learning Centre students

Artist Craig Tapp with students Ivy-Drew Boeck and Noreena Corowa

Craig has exhibited in Queensland Parliament House and is a highly regarded practitioner of sand art and ephemeral works at festivals.

Raffles at the main evening event from 6pm on Saturday 30 September at the Centre in Dunwich on Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island will also feature prizes including five weekend accommodation packages on the island and passes to Australia Zoo.

Works being auctioned include those by Jennie Truman who has had solo and combined exhibitions in Brisbane galleries and on the Island, Secondary school art teacher and community arts worker Bernadette Mollison and Angie Simms & Stuart Quinn of Stradbroke Island Photography.

Celebrations begin with an event from 9am to 11am on Saturday involving the young students and with a sausage sizzle, an art show and Craig Tapp creating art in the Centre’s sand pit.

Early learning about art enhances basic reading and writing skills and language development, as well as the art itself. “It’s come a long way from finger painting,” said Susan Frey, editor of the US based education research foundation EdSource.”

At 5pm the evening event will have live music, free food provided by parents and local restaurants and a bar.

The art auction starts at 6pm and the event continues until 9pm.

Support the Stradbroke Early Learning Centre

Straddie’s Early Learning Centre has provided jobs for island residents and quality care and education at Dunwich since 1972.

The Centre cares for the children of 47 families, 40 per cent of whom are Indigenous.

While the corporate childcare sector returns $1billion a year in profits to its operators, small not for profit community managed centres like the Stradbroke Early Learning Centre (SLEC) struggle to remain viable and need community support.

My Island Home Art Auction details

My Island Home Art Auction details

  • To be held at the Stradbroke Early Learning Centre (Google maps location)
  • Saturday 30 September
  • Children’s event 9-11am
  • Auction from 5-9pm
  • Artworks by Stradbroke Island artists
  • MEGA Raffles
  • Silent auction
  • entertainment, food, wine = a great night out!
  • Courtesy bus available

For more information about the events including on-line auctions open now visit My Island Home Art Auction

Inquiries: Dr Jade Patterson 0420 702 353


Published by Redlands2030 – 22 September 2017

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One thought on “Stradbroke Early Learning Centre art auction

  1. I’ve written about Dunwich earlier as a place to promote for tourism, with closing of sand mining, having read in CM about a passenger vehicle in the past having taken people direct from a Brisbane ferry terminal to Dunwich. With building of tourist accommodation, it could be part of a tourism package to visit nearby islands as well. A gaily coloured vessel with aboriginal markings could bear an aboriginal name such as: ‘The Quandamooka Flyer”. What tourist wouldn’t want to take back home local Aboriginal art work, etc. unique to Australia? Qld govt needs to help aboriginals to help themselves getting a good start into the tourism industry. My view.

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