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Newsletter: June, July, August 2022

Hello and welcome to our next installment of our Quarterly Newsletter. We have some exciting news to share ahead so please read on. We have welcomed a few new members over the last few months, lets give a warm welcome to:

Eliza Dedini

Eliza is an Australian artist with a love of capturing the unique curiosities of life beneath the surface of the ocean.

Eliza’s love of marine life started at a young age, and during her teenage years she discovered her passion for wildlife conservation work. Delving into volunteer projects, Eliza found herself in Sumatran jungles aiding elephants, and on boats surveying marine habitat health.

After two Bachelor degrees in the Marine Sciences and Environmental Science, Eliza’s passion for highlighting the wonders of the natural world continues to grow through her artwork.

Donald Harvison Donald is inspired by wood what he sees in nature by hand carving his own vision of Australian animals, birds, and sea life.

Sometimes he will carve an animal, other times a piece of wood will come alive on its own. With just a little imagination one can be quite creative following the grain, natural beauty and warmth of timber.

Sally Hogan From Sally "I have had a diverse career teaching students in preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary settings as well holding many senior leadership positions in education.

I was formerly the NSW Principal School Principal Advisor for the Australian Curriculum, primary principal representative for Curriculum NSW Education Standards, Principal Liaison to the Director or Early Learning and Primary Education, principal of two primary schools and have held consultancy positions in gifted and talented, integrated curriculum, assessment and reporting and the creative arts.

Since retiring I have returned to my first loves; art and music."

From the Committee

Our President, Ashley McHardy has decided to step away from the President role and Vice President Colin Bushell has offered to step into this role until our vote at the AGM at the end of the year.

From Ashley: "I would love to thank each and every one of our members for joining with The Gap Creative Inc. the past 2 years - we started this with 7 members and today we have 30 with new members joining every month! The vision when starting this community venture, was to unite the creative community and offer opportunities for us to meet up, create together and hold events and we have achieved this and so much more!

I wish we had more opportunities for these events (covid had other plans!) I am however thrilled about the events, meet ups and workshops we were able to hold with great success and turn outs!

It has been such an honor to be a part of the research, planning + delivery process of this project for our community and the next stages of continuing the dream will be a beautiful collaboration of our committee and all of you with great ideas, diverse skillsets and support from the community. I will absolutely still be part of the membership + committee, and I will be at the gallery event with bells on, (I might even have time to paint now!). I look forward to see what the future holds for me these next few months and as my business is shifting and progressing in a new direction, it requires my attention. I am always available for a coffee + chat, to bounce ideas off of or to just have a yarn!"

Volunteer Opportunities

Marketing Facilitator If you are, or know someone who is a bit of a marketing guru and would like to offer monthly support on content creation + scheduling, please get in touch: Please note this will be a paid position for part-time contract work.

Event Facilitators

We are looking for sub-committee members to help us plan and launch an Artist Trail in October this year. We are looking for motivated people with experience running gallery events in the past. Looking for folks who can provide tips, help run the event on the day as well as logistical support for administrative work leading up to the event.

What have you been working on?

Some of our member's recent work below (click on images to see artist):

Art Gallery Event

Our Gallery Exhibition is just around the corner!

You are invited to join us for our first official Gallery Launch event at our headquarters, Trek 2 Health.

The event is on 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟎 accompanied by complementary wine and nibbles.

Many of our members will be there with their artwork - come meet some local talent, purchase some artwork for your home or office and take your chance at our raffle prizes!

𝗧𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲:

The Gap Creative Artist Trail 2022

The intention is set - we are hoping to have an Art Trail this year as well, towards the end of the year. As we plan more details we will share them when available. Keep your calendars open for September / October season, we want to do this trail before it gets too hot!

This event is what prompted The Gap Creative Inc to be born. A trail where the public can visit all personal or professional galleries within The Gap. If you don't have a gallery, there will be opportunities for collaboration in another Artists gallery. Are you a musician? We will be looking for some local musical talent. please get in touch:

Corporate Sponsorship

At the end of last year we introduced a new membership tier open for anyone, anywhere! Corporate Sponsorship is $100 / calendar year and open to individuals, businesses + sole traders. Corporate Memberships will help us with funding for new lighting in our gallery space, social gallery events, insurance + running costs and community events, as well as supporting The Gap Creative inc. to provide high quality curated workshops to our creative community and beyond.

As a thank you and to highlight your support to our community, we will feature your business in our newsletters and socials, offer you the first opportunity to sponsor a specific event, and the best part is you don't need to be an artist or live in The Gap! This membership category is open to anyone, anywhere!

Please provide 2-3 images of your business / service + 100 word bio or why you do what you do + links to your business services / products. We will use this information to feature your business on our socials + newsletter + website.


Each corporate sponsor will receive x 2 annual ads in our social channels. You can choose to highlight a major event you are hosting, a product or service. Please get in touch with a specific service or offer you would like to highlight.

Your logo will be displayed on our website "our supporters" with a link to your page.

Your Event / product / service will be highlighted in 2 of our quarterly newsletters each year.

Additionally, you have the option to sponsor a specific event(s) with a donation to supplement the cost of supplies, catering. Etc. Your logo will be included in any advertising as a supporter for this event(s).


Corporate sponsors are defined as commercial businesses or associations, whose

acceptance as a sponsor should meet the following criteria:

• The sponsor’s interests must not be in conflict with those of The Gap Creative.

• The sponsor must reflect the appropriate standards and ethics expected of an association

Thank you to our sponsors!

UCreate Art

U Create Art Studio is a small business here in The Gap. Owned + Operated by Karen Bessell.

U Create aims to make a difference by inspiring individuals, nurturing creativity and providing the tools and ideas to spark imagination. With visual art programs, creative workshops, art and craft classes, parties, events and arts education U Create offers something for everyone.

Owner and founder of U Create, Karen Bessell is a ball of energy and ideas, ensuring the melting pot of creativity is constantly boiling over and every week is different!

To get in touch, please visit links below: Website


Alex Stathakis started his career in sustainability and climate change in 2009, which, coincidentally or not, ended the second warmest decade on this planet on record.

He worked in some high profile carbon and energy policy roles, including administering the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral Program (now known as the Climate Active program) at Low Carbon Australia Limited (now the Clean Energy Finance Corporation). He also worked with EY's Climate Change and Sustainability Services team.

In 2015, Alex left EY and founded Conversio so he could focus his practice on helping businesses adopt sustainability practices that were tailored to their specific needs. Within Conversio Alex supports a wide array of clients, from SMEs to international airports, to determine their carbon footprint and energy intensity. He also helps them identify opportunities to save energy and reduce unnecessary costs.

To see how your business can be more aligned with sustainability, contact Alex here:

Strategic 360

Strategic 360 is a local Brisbane Business supporting other businesses with Strategic advisory services, Estate planning, Superannuation, Accounting & Tax + Bookkeeping.

Strategic 360 Team loves to help people achieve what’s important to them….. the 360 way.

Strategic 360 exists to empower business owners and individuals so that they feel confident and in control of their business and financial futures.

We are a people first company, we care deeply about the people behind the business. It’s responsibility to those people that drives our passion and focus.

Get in touch here: Website -

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