Ephemera Past

Image credit:  Dominique and Samuel Chen, Dream Palisade, Artistic Excellence Award Winner 2019

Strand Ephemera began in 2001 and has become a much-loved biennial exhibition. The event has grown over the years to be celebrated not only locally, but to be an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance.

Strand Ephemera attracts over 100,000 visitors across the 10-day festival and offers a $10,000 award for Artistic Excellence, $1,000 award for People’s Choice Award, and a variety of supporting public programs.

Strand Ephemera is organised by Townsville City Galleries and assisted by a volunteer task force.


Strand Ephemera 2019

26 July - 4 August 2019

$10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence

  • WINNER:  Dominique & Samuel Chen Dream Palisade
  • Highly Commended: Ngethn O'Thawvl Wedlvn Thawvl

2019 People's Choice Award

  • WINNER: Karl Meyer Hand In The Sand
  • Runner-up:  Karl De Waal I've been everywhere Man

Photographic Competition

  • Under 18 years WINNER: Joshua Wyllie
  • 18 years and over WINNER: Wesley Graffin

2019 Artists

  • Alison McDonald- Warmth (maquette)
  • Bruce Reynolds – Wing Defence
  • Carla Gottgens - All Voyagers
  • Christopher Trotter - Wings Over The Strand
  • Counterpoint Architecture and Digimen - City Blocks
  • Craig Walsh – Classification Pending
  • Daniel Popper- Wooden Deity
  • Derek Michael Besant RCA - WAYFINDER (there + back)
  • Dominique & Samuel Chen - Dream Palisade
  • Erica Gray - Clingy Coral Cluster
  • Erth- Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo ™
  • Fiona Quin - Story Fridges
  • Graeme Buckley, Lynn Scott-Cumming & Rhonda Stevens - Aeolian Messenger
  • Hannah Quinlivan – Polyrhythm
  • Jan Hynes - Incarcerate!
  • Jane Hawkins, Sally Munns & Rhonda Payne - Stranger to these shores
  • John Nesirky - Fluid Air
  • Karl De Waal - I've been everywhere Man
  • Karl Meyer - Hand in the Sand
  • Ken + Julia Yonetani – Sweet Barrier Reef
  • Lance Seadon - Sanctuary
  • Leela Chakravarti & Edward O'Brien - Coral Bleaching
  • Leonard Andy & Nina Dawson - Gunduy Midja (Cassowary Shelter)
  • Lisa Ashcroft - Whimsical eye candy toys
  • Melissa Carey – The Spiral of Life
  • Nema Adel (darkcinema) +Cliffie Rosenberg (EPPRO) - Sculptural Projection
  • Ngethn O'Thawvl Wedlvn - Thawvl
  • Robert Crispe and Clayton Tonkin – Galax-sea
  • Ronald John Phillips - Gunya
  • Sharon Goodwin – 16,615
  • Sonia Ward - Puppet -Trees
  • St Patrick's College - Plenty More
  • Suzannah Babicci - Forever found
  • Tanya Coventry and Bowen State High School Students - Seven Suffering Seas
  • Therese Duff, Peter Hanley, Dennis O'Toole & Issara Singtothong - One in a Billion
  • Tijn Meulendijks - Rectangular Composition
  • Toni Rogers - The Language, the Wind and the Tides
  • Townsville Primary School Students with Cass Roberts and Cassie Harris - Sea Turtle Hatchling
  • Victoria Lees - Tangental Growth
  • William Ross State High School - Future Astronomers Illuminated

Read the 2019 Strand Ephemera exhibition


Previous years

View the list of artists, winners and catalogues since the Strand Ephemera inception in 2001.