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Strand Ephemera 2015

The North’s Sculpture Festival | Proudly supported by Glencore
31 July – 9 August 2015

Strand Ephemera 2015 is the eighth installment of the North’s sculpture festival, and is again supported by major sponsor Glencore.

Staged over ten days and ten nights from Friday 31 July until Sunday 9 August, the festival completely transforms The Strand into a 2.2km exhibition space for amazing artworks, events, workshops and performances.

28 artworks are again competing for the major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence. The competing artists hail from many corners of Australia, and even overseas, with their works incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques, and exploring topics ranging from the environment, community, human rights, to celebrations of the landscape, or those who make invaluable contributions to our society.

Sponsored by wilson/ryan/grose lawyers, a People’s Choice Award offers viewers the opportunity to have their say on a favourite artwork on display. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 Prize. Viewers can also enter the Photographic or Instagram Competitions by capturing their favourite Strand Ephemera moment or artwork, and go in the draw for cash prize.

The exhibition is this year supplemented by a selection of curated and non-competitive artworks, and vibrant performances and programs.

Image: Emma Anna IMAG_NE
Image: Emma Anna IMAG_NE [detail], 420 x 115 x 60cm, reclaimed timber, acrylic, aerated concrete. Strand Ephemera 2015.

Amongst the many highlights are hidden tropical artworks made by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Certified LEGO® Professional. The humorous sculptures will provide hours of entertainment (and exercise!) for young audiences intent on exploring The Strand to find them all.

Polytoxic’s landmark performance Trade Winds will create an otherworldly experience in the Rock Pool, re-imagining voyages, meetings and exchanges seen on the trade routes of the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the world’s best sand sculptors and 3D pavement artists will be heading to Townsville for Strand Ephemera, providing an opportunity to view up-close the amazing works you may have only previously seen in chain emails!

LensCap Collective are presenting a series of vox popping/film workshops, and each night projecting the short films in a bid to establish Townsville’s identity through the eyes of residents and visitors. If escapism is more your thing, step into La Luna Youth Arts’ Magical Travel Box and be instantly transported to a location of your choice.

Countless Fringe Events are also on offer. Amongst the attractions, you could make a trip to The Village to view Fringe Ephemera at The Village; or pop down to Umbrella Studio for the second Light on the Fringe.

2015 will present the most significant developments in Strand Ephemera’s history; building on both the event’s capacity to encourage and showcase the work of north Queensland’s talented artists, as well as enhancing its reputation as a signature arts event. Firstly, the exhibition will be held earlier than the customary September showing. This move will align the event with another significant cultural festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. To learn more about this event, visit:

Combined, Strand Ephemera, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and a host of other Fringe Events will see Townsville transformed into a hive of arts and cultural experiences to intrigue and delight residents and visitors alike.



Aaron Ashley  Emma Anna
Marion Gaemers & Lynnette Griffiths
Andrew Rankin
Gabi and Michael Sturman

Mimi Dennett-Fountain

Alison McDonald

Hugh Martin

MJ Ryan Bennett
Antone Bruinsma Jan Hynes P.A.C.E. Pimlico Art Cooperative Endeavour
Cameron Rushton Joy Heylen Pamela Lee Brenner & Johannes Muljana
Carla Gottgens Juhé Wie

Sue Tilley

Community Rehab NQ 
Julie Bentley
Tanya Coventry with Bowen State High School students
Daniel Templeman
Karen Walters
The Strand Ephemera School Project
Elizabeth Poole

Kaya Sulc

 Zhi Qi Luo
Elizabeth West
Lance Seadon
Erica Gray

Lesley Kane, Jenni Hanna & Neil Brookes


Sand Sculptors

  • Doug the dugong holding a piece of chalkAmazin’ Walter
  • Jino Van Bruinessen
  • Peter Redmond

3D Pavement Artists

  • Jenny McCracken
  • Rudy Kistler

Performers and Program Artists

  • Fibres and Fabrics Ass. Inc. with artist Marion Gaemers
  • La Luna Youth Arts
  • LensCap Crew
  • Pink Piano Performers
  • Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught


Public Programs

A printed copy of activity books and education kits for major exhibitions are available from Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery. Read and download the Strand Ephemera 2015 catalogue and activity book on ISSUU by clicking the images below. You can also read the public program guide either from page 50 in the catalogue, or by downloading the guide as a PDF in the link below.

Read the SE15 catalogue on ISSUU

Read the SE15 activity book on ISSUU

SE15 Public Programs Calendar

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 Strand Ephemera 2015 public program guide (PDF 2MB)


Read the SE15 education kit on ISSUU
Read and download the Strand Ephemera 2015 education kit on ISSUU

For Educators

This year’s Strand Ephemera will be even bigger than last year so please start planning now to bring your students down to experience this amazing art festival. As per previous years, workshops and tours will be available on The Strand. Let us know that you and your class will be coming with the booking form:

 2015 Strand Ephemera Education Booking Form

Please return the completed booking form by 3 August 2015 to secure your booking.

Also available is the Strand Ephemera 2015 education kit, which is designed to assist educators in providing learning outcomes for students that link with the curriculum and the themes explored within the works on display.


To learn more about Strand Ephemera, click the links below to view content from each of the previous exhibitions:

Banner image: Alison McDonald Shimmer. 250 x 1238 x 3.5 cm: installation on 3 sides of the Surf Life Saving viewing platform. Recycled aluminium power pole discs, marine ply, screws, plastic tube, metal brackets. Strand Ephemera 2015 finalist entry. 

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