The Art of Agnes exhibition was developed by the organisers of the 1770 Art Show to showcase the depth and variety of art being created within the towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, and the adjacent area.

The inaugural exhibition will be held at the Gladstone Regional Gallery in December 2017 and will be displayed until February 2018.


Invitations were sent out to artists who live within 50kms of Agnes Water, all of whom have exhibited at the 1770 Art Show. Each artist is invited to submit two works created within the previous two years and that have not been shown before.

The response from invited artists has been over-whelmingly positive. The categories for Art of Agnes are drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Artists will exhibit works created especially for the exhibition, and will be able to sell and replace works as needed.


The 1770 Art Show has a strong relationship with the Gladstone Regional Gallery, The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Brisbane, and some of Australia’s leading artists. Since 2014, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Brisbane has provided a judge for the 1770 Art Show. This has been a key factor in the support and growth of the region’s arts.


Each year the 1770 Art Show, which takes place in May during the Captain Cook/1770 Festival, attracts more than 150 entries across the categories of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and textiles, and another 100 entries in the school-based sections. This enthusiasm and creativity provided the impetus for the Art of Agnes exhibition, which will give invited artists the opportunity to display their works to a wider audience than the annual 1770 Art Show affords. 

The organisers of the 1770 Art Show will co-ordinate and manage the Art of Agnes exhibition. 

Funds raised from the sale of works in the Art of Agnes exhibition will go towards the operational costs of the 1770 Art Show.



A peripheral aim of Art of Agnes is to advertise the Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy area as an artist destination, and to encourage further interaction and expansion within the art community locally, intrastate and nationally.

The Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy area offers a natural, unspoilt environment to inspire creativity. With easy access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, pristine littoral rainforests, undeveloped surf beaches, and lush paperback forests — all easily accessible — we feel this region is unique. It’s no wonder many artists are drawn here not only to visit, but to settle permanently and enjoy this beautiful part of the world.  

The Art of Agnes exhibition 
promises to be a diverse and 
compelling display of the 
artistic talent in this coastal Queensland region.

For more information, call 0408 995 193 or 0411 126 701

View our gallery of images from our Art of Agnes Exhibition.

Thank you to the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery for the photos.

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