QRAA Cream of the Crop Exhibition

March 4, 2016


Gallery 107 @ Dalby is delighted  to be hosting The Queensland Regional Art Awards  (QRAA) Cream of the Crop.  A visual art prize and exhibition that is held every year for established and emerging artists that live in regional and remote Queensland. The program provides a platform for professional and career development for creative talent located outside of Brisbane. 


There is no set theme for the program in 2015. Artists were asked to identify and address a significant theme relevant to their local community, drawing on personal experience or observations.  












Artist: Helen Dennis

Artist Location: Chinchilla

Medium: Acrylic with ink on canvas (2015)

Dimensions: 60 x 120 cm










As part of the set up of the Flying Arts QRAA Cream of the Crop Exhibition, gallery 107 @ Dalby will be hosting Benjamin Werner who will be conducting a Gallery Volunteer Training and Development Workshop. 


Whether you are a new volunteer or up-skilling this workshop will provide full practical insight into contemporary regional gallery operations. 


Participants will cover front of house and/or back of house operations including gallery administration, dealing with customers and visitors, gallery tours, WHS and the installation and management of exhibitions. As the demands on galleries and volunteers grow, this is a must do workshop to keep pace with changing standards, up skilling and the training of new volunteers.


The workshop will be conducted on the 10th of March, 2016 and willl run from 9:00 am until 5:00pm. Theexhibition will be viewable from Saturday the 1th of March. For further details contact the gallery. 



Benjamin Werner


Benjamin Werner is an Australian artist with his studio based in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. He has also worked as collections and exhibitions technician at QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery at Old Government House 2008 – 2014 as well as freelancing for many other museums, galleries and arts related businesses such as the QAGOMA and Museum of Brisbane in City Hall. 


He also works as an art technician at various art fairs and will be working again at this year’s ART BASEL Hong Kong for the 3rd year in a row.  


Benjamin teaches and tutors classes and workshops in Museum Art Handling, Observational Drawing, Drawing from photo (charcoal, pen, ink and pencil) and all painting styles including mural painting which he has worked with Queensland Rail on many of their station artworks.  


Since completing his honours degree in 2004 in fine art at Qld College of Art he has held annual solo exhibitions of new bodies of work and exhibited in many group shows and art prizes. His work is held in numerous private and public collections such as City of Brisbane collection and the Maters Mothers Hospital.  Benjamin’s practice revolves around the search for the sublime in optics and colour, borrowing from both additive and subtractive colour theories. 


His current practice’s involves Oil painting, LED artworks, large installations and ceramics; all cantered on his light based studies taken form many cities around the world.  2016 sees another big year of commissions, group shows and a large solo exhibition of all new works in August-September at KickArts in Cairns.


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Current Exhibition


Our Living Heritage was launched by the Regional Arts Council of Dalby Inc in September 2000.  In April 1999, Mr Richard Hooke was given the task of Photographing selected Seniors from across the Dalby and Wambo Shire Area.  

The personal stories and photography of some of the Senior Citizens of our area are quite remarkable.  What is seen in this exhibition is a selection of thirty people who start to form a visual kaleidoscope of the diversity of personal character, history, tenacity, humour and substance, which has formed spontaneously over time into the nature and personality of the district.


in the Painting

GUESS WHO?  Locals are being invited to guess who the three well-know Australians are in this painting. 

If there’s such a thing as comfort food in the visual arts world, Martin Shaw’s painting may well be it.  Created in 1982, Three Well-Known Australians is striking in its simplicity: three abstract figures – a headless blue figure, a crouching red figure and a green figure holding an umbrella – sit on a bright yellow background.

But the artwork isn’t just about acrylics on canvas. Shaw, 62, has been touring his painting around Australia since 1983, collecting the names of the people who have visited the work, and cataloging in yearbooks whom they think the figures might represent.

Shaw sees his project as something that ought to stand the test of time. “These yearbooks form a portrait of Australia – what people in 1983 thought is going to be different to what people think in a 100 years’ time,” he says.


This photographic exhibition depicting the active side of Dalby Seniors.  The Dalby Seniors' Week Committee commissioned the exhibition to coincide with Seniors' Week celebrations in 2006.

The exhibition featured the work of talented and then youthful photographer, Nick Shipway.

At the time she said the exhibition showcased the active and interesting side of people over the age of 60.

"We want to show just how active and interesting life can be in the later years and to debunk any misconceptions generally attributed to older people," Mrs Smith said.

Nick Shipway gathered evidence to show how men and women not only in their 60s, but also in their 70s and 80s, are thoroughly enjoying an active, stimulating life.

"I want people to get an appreciation for the seniors and know how much they do," said Nick.

Are you an artist looking to showcase your art?

If you are interested in exhibiting at Gallery 107 please send us an email to request an exhibition pack.