Semester 2, 2020 Program

July 8, 2020
The new program for Semester 2, 2020 is now available - find the link on this page.  We have lots of exciting classes, courses and workshops on offer. 

You will be pleased to hear that DAB has obtained funding to hold a weekend sculpture workshop on the 15 & 16 August this year, through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

 RADF is a partnership between Queensland Government  and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

PAVERPOL is a fabric hardening agent, used to create small waterproof sculptures, ideal for your garden or public sculptures.  The first day will be an introduction, using kits provided by the tutor, learning step by step, understanding the product and producing a small sculpture. The second day will expand on day 1, experimenting with individual sculptural choices, including working with recycled materials.  

 The tutor is Rosemary Mare-Williams, an accredited Paverpol Workshop trainer.  She has held Paverpol workshops in many places in Australia and New Zealand. A few examples of her work can be viewed at DAB Gallery. 

More examples of Paverpol can also be found at:

 We are keen to get expressions of interest for the workshop as soon as possible.  We need to have a clear idea of numbers for the workshop so we can ensure we have sufficient Paverpol and prepared kits.  If you are interested in attending please enrol by no later than the 25th July 2020.


DAB has Re-Opened!

June 15, 2020
The DAB Gallery re-opened on Saturday 13 June.  Most Peer Groups have re-commenced, but if there are any queries please contact the relevant co-ordinator. 

We are currently preparing the Semester 2 Programme.  Included will be a 5 week Watercolour course with tutor Gail Shaw, and a ‘Paverpol’ sculpture weekend workshop with visiting tutor Rosemary Mare-Williams.  More details of these and the commencement of regular clay and glass classes will be posted and emailed out soon.

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COVID-19 Update

March 27, 2020

Hi to all DABsters

It is with regret that we wish to inform you that the Gallery will be closed until further notice, due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Therefore, all Workshops and Courses and Peer Groups will be postponed until further notice.

If you have artwork you would like to collect, please respond to this email to make arrangements. If you are attending the Gallery or Shed to collect your artwork, please respect the social distance and hygiene recommendations.

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Life amongst the Trees, Part 2 - Pottery and Mosaic Workshops

March 3, 2020
Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the upcoming FREE workshops in pottery and mosaics. Both sessions are designed around creating material for the project that Sam Matthews is leading at Rex Smeal Park. The details are as follows;

Pop up Pottery Workshop – Saturday 7th March - 9.30am – 12.30
Life Amongst the Trees part 2 - POTTERY

DAB will be holding a FREE workshop on Saturday 7th of March to decorate ceramic leaves and insects.
All the pieces created in the workshop will be u...
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Art classes for 2020 have started

February 1, 2020
After our Christmas break, DAB is back in full swing.  Art classes have started again, and details of all classes can be found by following the links to the 2020 Semester 1 Program and Timetable on this website.

For the month of February we have our normal peer groups, with Printmaking & Collage on Monday, Working with Clay on Mondays and Saturdays, Botanical Painting on Tuesday, Creative Writing & Poetry on the last Tuesday of the month, CATS on Wednesday, Urban Sketching on Thursday, and Mos...
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End of Year Exhibition 2019

November 29, 2019
Come along and enjoy all the wonderful art work on display at DAB's annual End Of Year Exhibition.  This exhibition showcases art work produced from members throughout the year.  There is work produced from the various workshops and courses, and also a wide variety of work from members attending the regular pottery, mosaic, glass, printing, collage and painting groups. 

This exhibition is a great opportunity for you to get your Christmas gifts.   There is so much to choose from, and it all loc...
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It's time to start thinking of Christmas Gifts

November 4, 2019
Christmas is fast approaching.  If you are looking for something original and local, come along to the DAB Gallery.  There is a wide range of gift items, including many pottery and glass items, mosaics, paintings of all sorts, beautiful jewelry, cane baskets, macramé hangings, cards and much more.

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Display of Alison Gott's memorial art exhibition in the foyer of the Douglas Shire Council Offices

November 4, 2019
A wide range of paintings and urban sketches from Alison Gott's memorial art exhibition, "Through Her Eyes", will be on display in the foyer of the Douglas Shire Council Offices for the month of November.   Included are many urban sketches of local Mossman and Port Douglas locations.  All art works are for sale.  

If you missed this exhibition at DAB Gallery, this an opportunity to view many of these wonderful art works. 

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"Through her Eyes" - A memorial art exhibition of Alison Gotts' paintings and travel sketches.

October 15, 2019
Everyone is welcome to the opening night of the "Through Her Eyes" Exhibition - a memorial art exhibition of Alison Gotts' paintings and travel sketches.  Opening night at 6.30pm on Friday 18th October, and the exhibition will run until Saturday 26th October.

Alison was a former President of DAB, an exceptional artist and an inspiration to many, especially the Urban Sketchers group.

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DAB Exhibition "OUT THERE"

September 27, 2019
It’s ‘out there’, what’s ‘out there’, way ‘out there’, get ‘out there’.

Do you see 'out there' as extreme, eccentric, flamboyant, unusual, unconventional, crazy, insane, somewhere far away and remote, or just somewhere out there to go to for lunch. It’s open to many, many interpretations.

DAB’s latest exhibition “Out There” has produced a diverse and eclectic range of artworks. The exhibition opens on Friday 27th September at 6.30pm and everyone is welcome. The artw...

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DAB 2023 Exhibitions

January 30, 2023

DAB is planning three Art Exhibitions for 2023.  To enter artwork into an exhibition you must be a DAB member.  

1.  "Artful Abstraction" - Sat 6 May - Saturday 3 June
2.  "The Space Within" - Sat 9 Sept - Sat 7 Oct
3.  "2023 End of Year" - Sat 18 Nov - Sat 16 Dec

The first exhibition, "Artful Abstraction", is a theme with so many possibilities!
The deadline for artwork to be delivered to the gallery will be 4pm on Monday 1 May

Artful Abstraction - Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
*  Free Thinking
*  Perspective
*  Opposite of what we know
*  Breaking Down
*  Simplification
*  Emotional Response
*  A different point of view
*  A journey of discovery


Semester 1, 2023 programme

January 14, 2023
The programme for the first 6 months of 2023 is now out.  Check out the links on this website or go into the DAB Gallery and pick up a copy.
The programme includes many of the regular classes and peer groups plus some new classes and tutors. There are classes in pottery (casual classes, project-based workshops and wheel-throwing workshops); drawing (urban sketching, life drawing, and courses in basic drawing techniques); painting (colour and collage, silk painting, watercolour and botanical);...
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Download 2021 Semester 2 Program

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