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About Joolie Gibbs 

Born in Maryborough and raised in Hervey Bay, I could say I am parochial in my love for the wallum environment. Living now in Gympie, I have been influenced by my natural surroundings more than I realised. After completing my Master of Art in Visual Art (MAVA) in 2014 at Griffith University Queensland College of Art, my practice became more environmental as I found meaning and new direction in my artwork through connections with the Mary River and the region.

While Director of the Gympie Regional Gallery for 23 years, I still found time to keep my practice alive by exhibiting, competing and having my work accepted for two Flying Arts Alliance touring Regional Art Awards and exhibitions in various galleries in South East Queensland. 

Using my strong drawing skills and leaning towards the integrity of natural inks, I have documented my immediate surroundings including insects from my 5-acre property, the surrounding wallum bushland, and the effects of the Mary River in flood, as seen in my ‘Flood Language’ series. I often work on paper on a large scale (up to 9m) down to minute drawings, and incorporate the macro/micro easily. My environmental approach also branches into mediums like papermaking and basketmaking.




2014    Master of Art in Visual Art (MAVA), Queensland College of Art

2011     Cert IV Local Government - Community & Cultural Development

2004  Cert IV Museum & Gallery Practice

1983    General Advertising, (Communication & Copywriting) Sydney TAFE

1976    Diploma of Fine & Applied Art, Otago Polytechnic New Zealand


2023  Finalist and Winner People's Choice Award, Girra: Fraser Coast National Art Award

2023   Highly Commended, Clayton Utz Art Award 2023

2022   Finalist and Winner, People's Choice Award, Du Rietz Art Awards, Gympie Regional Gallery

2022   Finalist, The Doyles Art Award, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall
2021    Finalist, Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery

2015    Winner, Landscape Prize, Mary Valley Art Festival

2014    Highly Commended, Human Form/Portraiture Prize, Mary Valley Art Festival

2013    Winner, Human Form/Portraiture Prize, Mary Valley Art Festival

2012    Winner, inaugural Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize, Gympie

2010    Winner, Individual Paid Category, Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards

1994    Winner, Gympie & District Chamber of Commerce Logo Competition

1994    Winner, Cooloola Shire Council Heritage Art Competition

Exhibitions - Solo

2023   Meet The Bells, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough QLD 21/4/23-4/6/23

2017    Flood Language: The Big and the Little, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough QLD

2016    Flood Language 2, Gayndah Regional Gallery

2014    Flood Language 2, Noosa Regional Gallery

2014    Flood Language, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough QLD


Exhibitions - Group

2024   about-place / about-face, Caloundra Regional Gallery 11/05/24-16/06/24

2023   Wildflowering by Design, Touring Exhibiiton, 2023-2024

2023   Paper: All Stitched Up, Touring Exhibition 2023-2024

2023   22.96 | receding, Gympie Regional Gallery 

2023   More Than The Sum Of Its Parts, Noosa Regional Gallery

2022   Vessels, Old Ambulance Station Galleries, Nambour 

2022   Wildflowering by Design, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

2022   Paint The Town, Flying Arts Regional Art Awards Tour 2022-2023

2022   Sketchy, Gympie Regional Gallery

2022   CAGR Members Exhibition, Alluvial Gallery, Gympie

2021    Duets: Collaborations In Creativity, The River That Flows, Gympie Regional Gallery

2021    Prints From The Border, Texas Regional Art Gallery

2021    Impressed 3, Printmaking Exhibition, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough

2020   Wildflower Women 111, Gympie Regional Gallery

2019    Moth Migration Project, Gympie Regional Gallery, touring exhibition

2018    Tree Place, Noosa Regional Gallery

2018    Wanderlust, Flying Arts Regional Art Awards, touring Queensland

2018    Tall Trees Art Exhibition, Cooran

2016    Paper Bespoke, Papermakers of Queensland, Cooroy Butter Factory

2015    Vital Signs, Flying Arts Regional Art Awards, touring Queensland

2015    Tall Trees Art Exhibition, Cooran

2014    Into Paper, Papermakers of Queensland, Redcliffe City Gallery, 2015 Gympie Regional Gallery, Gallery 159, Brisbane

2013    Queensland College of Art, MAVA exhibition, Pop Gallery, South Brisbane

2013    Cooloola Art Society inc. 40th Birthday exhibition, Gympie Regional Gallery

2012    Papermakers of Queensland, Brisbane City Library

2012    Berbagi, Papermakers of Queensland, University of Sunshine Coast Gallery

2011     Bug Eyed, Gympie Regional Gallery

2008   10th Birthday exhibition, Gympie Regional Gallery

2007   One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices 100th Birthday exhibition for School of Arts, Gympie  Regional Gallery

1998    Once was a Tree, Gympie Regional Gallery

1998    Correspondence, Collective installation of works by Queensland Papermakers.

1997    Tracks to Cooloola, My Country Gallery, Gympie

1995    Paper, Papermakers of Queensland, Queensland Museum


2015    Artist-in-Residence in Sam Rit, Thailand (2 weeks)

2014    Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium 2014. Now an ebook.

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