The Banana Shire Art Collection comprises of 232 works, twelve (12) of which are ceramics. The collection covers a variety of mediums including Pottery, Prints, Etchings, Oils, Watercolors and Fiber plus many more and is representative of a mixed genre by not only past and present local artists, but also national artists, such as Lionel & Norman Lindsay, John Shirlow, Ron McBurnie and Pro Hart to name a few, and presents the artists observation of ordinary people and everyday places and objects as seen by them throughout their lives.
An extensive and valuable collection of works by well known local artist Ruby Campbell, made up of Pen & Ink, Etchings, Watercolours and pencil, is also held in the collection.
Council has acquired the collection through acquisition prizes at the annual Brigalow Arts Festival and by donations from generous art lovers from across the Shire. The range of works is varied and promises to delight any art lover.
Recent additions to the collection include pieces from Central Queensland artists, Kath Dunne, Janelle Woods, Rosemary Anderson and Olga Bath.
Ongoing exhibitions are held at the Shire Regional Art Gallery in Biloela throughout the year. While these exhibitions mainly feature works by local and regional artists, some exhibitions are acquired from external sources. For enquiries on forthcoming exhibitions, or to book exhibition space, please contact Banana Shire Council Arts and Cultural Officer Shanna Muston on (07) 4992 9500.