The 1770 Art Show Team

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Quilt Show Organiser
Vice President
Art Show Committee Member

David Allen was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1953. He spent his early years in Charlton and then finished high school at the Marist Brothers College in Bendigo.


David worked in the Hospitality and Media Industries in Melbourne. Including Text Media, Melbourne Film Studios, Budget and Designer Publications, both in a creative and management capacity.

In 1998 David and his partner took over the management of the Laird Hotel in Melbourne. David had creative control over all aspects of entertainment ranging from the programming of music play lists, media,advertising, creative design of posters and publications, to the staging of major events and the introduction of the “Men on Men Art Competition” and Winner of the South Australian APIA’s award for Best Calendar in 2002. Winner of the 2015 Hansen Award for Best Painting.

In 2007, David and his partner decided to explore Australia by road and this was the birth of the series of oil paintings under the
title of “Whiteman Dreaming”. Starting in 2007, 32 works were completed. The series has been very well received with paintings going to private collections in
Switzerland, Thailand, Saudi Arabia as well as around Australia.

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Prue is committed to helping bring ongoing community access to and engagement with all forms of creativity. Using her qualifications in the areas of art and museum practice and education, Prue has worked and volunteered across Australia and overseas.

From being the Secretary of the Weipa Arts Council more than 20 years ago to teaching and supporting creative endeavours and institutions in Japan, India, Mongolia and Indonesia, Prue returns to Agnes Water to live after first visiting in the 1970’s.

Debbie has over 25 years of experience in administration and accounting and has worked in various industries both in small business and large corporations. 

Debbie began volunteer work, when she moved to the area 5 years ago, including 1770 Festival Event Manager for 2019 and pre-covid 2020. 


Debbie is very excited to be involved with the 1770 Art Show team! 

My name is Lynne Tye and have lived in Agnes Waters for 11 years although have had property here for over 20 years.  I began “Patchwork” over 35 years ago when my children were small and as with most “patchworkers” and crafters, lost my craft when I started work again.  Since my retirement I resumed my patchwork journey and have attended various workshops with talented Australian and overseas tutors to further enhance my knowledge of Traditional Patchwork and the challenge of making my own designs, finally venturing into the challenging craft of Fibre Art 4 years ago whilst still embarking on the Quilting journey.

With the help of my fellow quilters I have organised the Quilt Exhibition that co-exists with the Art Show for the last 4 years. 

Creative Director/Photographer

Kim Cooke, photographer and graphic designer with over 40 years experience with a passion for art and design that comes from within. I love being behind the camera every day. This is where my inspiration starts, creating something different and unique that produces a creative, designed photograph or art masterpiece.

Much of my work revolves around real estate holiday properties and inspiration with stunning landscapes,

nature and wildlife in beautiful Agnes Water/1770. The joy, the laughs, excitement and challenges of working with children, families & animals are all part of my everyday work. I just love what I do.

With love, happiness and the support of my amazing family and friends, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I will continue to be creative and explore every day.

My Motto - Photography is my passion, creating is my reward. 

Art Show Committee Member

Tash Hobbs is a local mixed Media artist who is passionate about helping individuals and our community foster their creative side. She shares her artistic journey through her social media page Flawed_art_agnes. The philosophy is simple, everyone can be encouraged to uncover their inner artist and it is ok to be imperfect.


Through the use of Therapeutic Art techniques she is committed to assisting people through a  process of self awareness and self development.

Tash looks forward to assisting the 1770 Art Show Committee in 2022 to bring to life their vision. Tash has spent many years volunteering with our local Festivals and she looks forward to transferring those skills to the 1770 Art show. 

When she is not volunteering Tash can be found painting or reading in her garden. 

Local artist, founding member and director The Perspective Collective.

Workshop facilitator at The Art Space Agnes Water/1770.

Originally from Europe, I  was drawn to art from a very young age and studied at the Independent Bergheim School of Art and the European Academy of Fine Arts,  before obtaining my Advanced Diploma of Design at the University of Applied Science in Mannheim, Germany.

After running a graphic design studio for 13 years, mainly working as an illustrator, my adventurous and free spirited approach to life saw me migrating to Australia with my three children.

A lot of my artwork is resting in the northern hemisphere and although I’ve done a lot of creative work for the local festivals since 2017, it was through the unusual developments in recent years that I went back to being a full time artist in was time to go back to my Roots and follow my passion.

My artwork  from the past few years ranges from sculpture to textile art and festival installations, with pieces in an exhibition in Tasmania and commissioned artwork here in the Gladstone Region.

In early 2021 I founded The Perspective Collective together with two local Agnes Water based artists, offering workshops at The Art Space in 1770, connecting people with their creative side.

My focus is on my current direction and on what I’m going to create from here on and I’m very excited to being a part of the 1770 Art Show team.

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