Friday, September 30, 2011

portrait project: charters towers ... exhibition

This photographic project has been nearly 2 years in the making: from concept to funding application to portrait sessions to framed photographic prints in the gallery.

The next stage will be a photographic book – but that’s a story for 2012.

In the meantime, 30+ portraits of a broad range of Charters Towers personalities will be exhibited from the 1 to 16 October 2011 at the Don Roderick Gallery, Mosman St, Charters Towers (in the historically significant Stock Exchange Arcade).

If you are looking for a reason for a day trip to Charters Towers, this could be a good excuse (PS the coffee shop in the Stock Exchange Arcade is a lovely place to refresh after the journey from the coast)

About the artist: originally from Cairns, Karen Tenni discovered photography nearly 20 years ago when a friend loaned his Olympus OM1 SLR. From then, the addiction never waned. Karen moved to Melbourne for work, but when the opportunity arose to relocate to Adelaide and undertake University studies in photography, the family packed up the house (plus cat and goldfish) to experience South Australia. After seven years in Adelaide, it was time to experience regional Australia, and a move back to Queensland. Karen is still pursuing her passion for photography with at least one new project every year (work permitting). With the support of RADF, the Portrait Project has enabled Karen to meet, chat and photograph some of the most interesting and proactive residents of Charters Towers.

Hope to see you there...

My Backyard & Beyond - Heather Byrne

Sunday, April 10, 2011


upcoming exhibition... all welcome to come along on Opening Night
Wine and cheese,
6.30pm, Saturday, 16th April.
Support our local artists




An exhibition of art


The Charters Towers Pottery Group,

Eddie Blum,

And Rosy Mare Williams.


The Don Roderick Gallery,

Stock Exchange,

Charters Towers.

17th April—5th May

Come and share the journey.

Open daily 10.00am –2.00pm

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Entry form 2011

just click on each image to print and complete,
 then post with entry fee,
images and completed form to the address stated.

2011 Don Roderick Gallery Conquest Mining Art Competition

MEDIA RELEASE – for immediate release

Calling for Artistic Talent... it’s a lifestyle.

The Don Roderick Gallery Group is opening up the gallery doors for the 2nd annual Art Competition, with great cash prizes and exposure during July 2011. There are two new exciting categories this year: photography and portrait of a local identity (living or deceased) in any medium.

Prize Categories

1. $4000 Conquest Mining Acquisitive Prize– Open to all entries any medium any subject. Conquest Mining acquires the winning entry.

2. $1000 - Charters Towers Regional Council Local Artist Prize (any medium) by an artist living in the Charters Towers Regional Council area.

3. $250 Geaney’s Real Estate Prize – 3D sculptural work no larger than 50cm³.

4. $200 Qld Country Credit Union Prize—Painting, includes oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, etc.

5. $200 Northern Miner Prize – photography.

6. $250 WHK Accountants Prize—portrait of a local identity (living or deceased) in any medium.

7. $100 Can Do Framing Prize – Peoples Choice. Vote for your favourite!

The Don Roderick Gallery is an important part of the famous Stock Exchange Arcade in Mosman St (owned by the National Trust of Qld) for locals and visitors who arrive here every year to take in the sights and sounds of a bustling yet historic city. Our aim is to enhance Charters Towers cultural reputation by showcasing the region’s artistic talent.

Last year during the inaugural 2010 Art Competition, there were over 70 artworks exhibited from entries submitted to the selection committee, and the quality art attracted many to the opening celebration and prize presentation. Val Claussen with her painting ‘August Dry’ won the major $4000 prize, and many other artworks were purchased by countless visitors to the exhibition over the 3 week exhibition period.


• Entry forms/images to selection committee by 13 May 2011. entry forms available online at or various places around Charters Towers.

• Selected work delivered to gallery: by Saturday 18 June 2011

• Judging & Opening night: Saturday 9 July 2011

• Exhibition ends: Saturday 30 July 2011

• Work picked up 12-2pm 31 July 2011

For further information, please contact Don Roderick Gallery Group President, Shirley Symes on 07 4787 8838 or