DOUGLAS ARTS STUDIO GALLERY INC. is a not-for-profit ARTS organisation which is aimed at  teaching, promoting and encouraging the artistic development, appreciation and personal expression of people living in Mossman, Port Douglas and the whole Douglas region, in Far North Queensland.

It is known as DAB for short - Douglas Arts Base - which was the original name.

Learn to draw, paint, sculpt, do pottery and ceramics, mosaics, photography, music sessions or a range of other art forms according to availability and interests.

We welcome complete beginners and experienced artists, those who sell their work and those who just want to dabble a bit. The atmosphere is fun, the people are friendly and supportive, and the tutors are all highly qualified professionals.

Douglas Arts Studio Gallery is a place for everyone. If you are a total beginner or an experienced artist. DAB is for you. Visitors are always welcome, just approach our tutors during class time.


The Douglas Arts Base was the brainchild of  Marjorie Norris in 2002, and a select few local artists,  who were invited to submit a proposal to the Douglas Shire Council for the use of a vacant council owned Heritage listed building. The group saw a need for basic arts education courses for everyone.

Douglas Arts Incorporated became the first group of its kind in the region to open its hearts and minds to the local community. Local artists and arts educators were invited to present ideas for adult art courses and workshops catering to all levels, abilities and walks of life. The selected workshops included drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, fibre art, basket making, and many others over the years. The DAB committee is always open to new ideas, fresh approaches and new tutors.

Through the generous support of the Regional Arts Development Fund, the Douglas Shire Council and the Gambling Community Benefits Fund the building was set up with the essential basics - tables, chairs, computer, screens, a pottery shed and recently a sculpture shed. This allowed the enthusiastic tutors to begin with a series of workshops and to support the use of the premises by other arts and crafts, and music groups.

The DAB building is very significant - it is on the Queensland Heritage Register, and registered with The National Trust. It has become an integral part of the Douglas region, with our exhibitions proving to be ever popular events for the community. Changing tutors, classes and events have meant a continuing interest in the activities run at DAB, and our long-term regular classes are as popular as ever with many students who have been with us for a long time - quite a few right from the start.


Douglas Arts Studio Gallery Inc. is proud to acknowledge and thank the following for their support of our venture and activities over the years. Without the support of these groups we would not be able to operate -

  • Cairns Regional Council
  • The former Douglas Shire Council
  • Gambling Community Benefits Fund
  • QLD Country Credit Union
  • ANZ Bank
  • Mossman Library
  • Mossman State High School
  • Mossman Framing
  • Mossman Newsagency
  • Sunrise Cafe
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Mossman Bowls Club
  • Markham Timbers
  • Port Douglas Combined Clubs
  • DAB members
  • Volunteers