Fraser Coast educators from pre-school to tertiary are invited to an exclusive preview of HBRG's new exhibitions including a workshop with artist Monica Rohan.

On the afternoon of the official opening and prize announcement of Girra: Fraser Coast National Art Prize, educators are invited to join an exclusive exhibition tour of Girra and take part in a hands-on workshop with prize finalist Monica Rohan.

The finalists' exhibition, on display at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery 23 September to 12 November, forms a compelling story of our nation’s relationship to the environment told through diverse perspectives and aesthetic approaches. Shortlisted artworks share perspectives on industrialised landscapes, the forces of extreme weather events, our relationship to domestic gardens, ecological concerns and speculative solutions, ruminations on the beauty and power of nature, and much more. This preview event is a chance to gain insight into the work of the 18 shortlisted artists, to discover how your students can engage with their practices, and to meet other educators in the region. 

In the workshop portion of the event Monica Rohan will guide your experimentation with the landscape genre through textiles, collage and watercolour painting. Attending teachers in relevant roles (eg. Visual Art) are eligible to log this event toward their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. 


This preview event will be followed by the official opening and prize announcement from 5.30pm.


Exhibition tour: 3-3.30pm
Workshop: 3.30-5pm
Exhibition Opening: 5.30-7.30pm

About Monica Rohan:
Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art with Honours in 2011, Rohan’s work has attracted considerable interest. She has been a finalist in numerous major prizes including the Archibald Prize (2020 and 2016), the Dobell Drawing Prize (2019), Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2018) and the Sulman Prize (2017). In 2015, Rohan’s work was curated into a significant survey show of Queensland artists, Goma Q at QAGOMA. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections, including Artbank, University of Queensland Art Museum, QAGOMA, Museum of Brisbane, Rockhampton Museum of Art, Tweed Regional Gallery and the Griffith University Art Museum.

Image credit: Monica Rohan, cut away (detail), 2023, oil on board, 61 x 46cm. Courtesy of the artist, Jan Murphy Gallery and Sophie Gannon Gallery.