ON EXHIBITION @ the Centre Beaudesert



3 April - 13 June 2018 


Friday 6 April 2018, 6pm for 6.30pm



MEET THE ARTISTS and Launch of WORD ON THE STREET publication by Scenic Rim Writers

On the Couch: In conversation with Bronwyn Davies, Jacques van der Merwe, Sabrina Lauriston and writers Di Morris and Toni Risson.



5540 5050 | thecentre@scenicrim.qld.gov.au


The Centre Beaudesert, 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert

Who are we and where have we come from.  As part of Council's Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, The CommonWealth exhibition sets out to unravel our shared CommonWealth experiences and understandings.

What is the CommonWealth?
Comprised of the roots common, meaning "belonging to all," and wealth, meaning "happiness or riches," the word commonwealth refers to a political community founded for the common good.The Commonwealth of Nations—formerly the British Commonwealth—is a voluntary association or confederation of 52 independent sovereign states, most of which were once part of the British Empire.

NEW ARRIVALS  Jacques van der Merwe

Jacques and his family moved to Australia early in 2008, leaving South Africa because of crime and diminishing opportunities.

Although the process was worthwhile, Jacques was surprised by the complexity of the physical and emotional processes of migration

New Arrivals showcases selected large scale painted portraits of people from across the Commonwealth and their stories of moving to and living in Australia today.

FOREIGN LAND  Sabrina Lauriston

A photographic exhibition accompanied by stories and interviews charting the personal stories of  migrants who arrived in Australia between 1949 – 2012

The exhibition reflects the reality of migration – of the successes and happiness, the homesickness and loneliness, and takes the viewer on an emotional journey. Foreign Land is an exhibition that all communities can relate to, as it celebrates modern Australia and explores our commonwealth heritage, multiculturalism and its place in Australian communities.  Satellite display of selected works from Foreign Land at Boonah Cultural Centre.  Foreign Land project has been founded by RADF partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council.

MY COMMONWEALTH EXPERIENCE   Have you moved to the Scenic Rim from a Commonwealth country?

Share your own story of relocating to a new country and be involved in The CommonWealth exhibition.

We are seeking stories of your personal experiences. This local component My Commonwealth Experience will reflect on what it is to move from your country of birth and live in Australia. 

If you are interested, send your full contact details and story by 16 February 2018. 

For more info and to be involved

The CommonWealth exhibition forms part of Council's Fires on Top of Mountains Cultural Program during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The Fires on Top of Mountains Project is proudly supported by the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley; the Queensland Government through the We Are Queensland initiative, and Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund and Queensland Arts Showcase Program; and the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.   more info on Fires on Top of Mountains project