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Newsletter: September, October, November 2022

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

Hello and welcome to our next installment of our Quarterly Newsletter. We have some exciting news to share ahead so please read on.

The Gap Creative Open Studio's

The date is set! Mark your calendars. The Gap Creative is proud to announce our very first multi-location event, ‘Open Studio Weekend’, on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October.

We will be inviting visitors to take some time ‘drifting’ between our local creative’s studios to see just how their incredible work is created. The Gap has an astonishing list of talented creatives, and this is an opportunity for the community to get behind the scenes to see just what goes into some of their wonderful work. Studio's will be open from 10am until 4pm Saturday + Sunday.

Some of the participating artists are planning private events on the Friday evening prior to opening (14th October), so we will be in touch closer to the date to invite you along.

To keep updated, ensure you are following along on our Facebook page:

We would love to extend our thanks to our Corporate Sponsor's this year, their support means we can run events such as these and our special thanks to being generously supported by the Lord Mayor's Community Fund / The Gap Ward for our signage which we will be placing around the neighbourhood soon!


From the Committee

Our President, Colin Bushell writes: Hi all. I hope everyone is well. I am writing this from the departure lounge, heading out to Norfolk Island; the first time I’ve been on a plane since 2019!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent gallery launch at Ruby Red. These events are beginning to reflect the reach that The Gap Creative is getting.

On that note, I would encourage everyone to consider how we can serve not only ourselves as creatives, but also local business and organisations. These relationships will determine the success we have when it comes to future events, such as the Open Studio weekend, galleries and an Art Trail.

If you know anyone who has expressed an interest in what we do, please pass their detail on. Membership comes with enormous benefit within the community, but none of that could work without the time and effort spent by our volunteers, who spend upwards of 20-40 hours a month to make things tick.

If you can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, I am going to take a well earned break and soak in the sea air!

Take care everyone and let the creative juices flow.



Online Shop

We are very excited to announce a new addition to our website - in addition to 2 gallery locations where our members can hang their artworks, we now have an operational online shop for each artwork that is hung in one of our gallery locations with partnered businesses. We have more artwork to upload in the coming weeks so keep watch. online shop link here:

New Members

We have welcomed a few new members over the last few months, lets give a warm welcome to:

Craig Stampfli From Craig I am a commercial photographer based in Brisbane, Qld. I like to take portraits of people underwater and cars above water. I generally don't take too many things seriously apart from photography.

James Baird

James Baird is a prolific creative who has expressed himself in many media - cooking, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing and clay to name a few.

Taking up watercolour about 10 years ago, James has been inspired by the Australian landscape from beaches to outback mountains ranges and the wild coastline of Tasmania.

He is particularly inspired by the great Indigenous watercolourist from Hermannsburg, Albert Namatjira, and the anciet landscape of Central Australia.

In 2021 James spent three weeks in Alice Springs, sleeping in a swag by a campfire at night and painting by day. That trip inspired many artworks.

Lynsay Allen Lynsay hails from the East Coast of Scotland. Looking back, the haze of idyllic childhood is palpable.

These core memories ingrained an innocence and belief in inherent goodness that is reflected in their creative outlook with a persistence of character, symbolism, and intention.

Lynsay’s ability to occupy this space is owed to upbringing and lessons gained through empowered, supportive communities.

A trained botanical artist, Lynsay uses skills and experience with mediums gained through this practice to break down traditional forms. Whilst underlying themes of work can be weighty, there is a lightness and ease in the finished pieces that exude hope, joy, love and acceptance.


Job 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: This may be a paid role in the future - we are looking at funding.'


What have you been working on?

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


Ruby Red Jewellery + 4/107 Romea Street ART Space

We had a fabulous launch of our newest gallery exhibition located at 4/107 Romea Street Art Space inside the space hosted by Ruby Red Jewellery. Thank you to Katherine Kemp, Owner of Ruby Red, for having The Gap Creative artists at your space, we are so grateful for your support for local artists + creatives.

This is the second gallery location we can now offer our members and we look forward to enjoying more gallery events in future and sharing them with you.

We are happy to report that our members sold some artwork on this evening and these artworks are still available to view in person as well as online. Thank you so much to Kym from Spot Art for printing our Gallery Cards for each piece.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Ruby Red Jewellery

"As a jewellery designer and gemmologist, I am passionate about creating unique, custom pieces that tell my customer’sstory, combined with a style that feels great when worn. Often the gem inspires the design.

I also specialise in making the most of your existing assets by working with you to re-model unwanted and no longer worn jewellery. I am currently studying jewellery valuation through the NCJV and look forward to offering this service early next year".

To get in touch with Katherine

Planet Marketing is a boutique marketing agency based in The Gap. We specialise in providing marketing services for small businesses. With over 30 years’ marketing experience, we help businesses grow sales, customers, and increase brand awareness.

We can help with all your marketing needs: providing businesses with marketing services including strategic marketing plans, digital marketing services, brand and website development, content plans and copywriting, social media services, logo development and design services, photography, publications and magazines, stakeholder engagement, consumer focus groups; marketing workshops, consulting & one-on-one marketing mentoring.

To get in touch for your businesses marketing needs, click here:

UCreate Art

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 with Karen


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.

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.

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.

Ky Garvey of Totally Lit Podcast

She is a Children's Book Author, Podcast facilitator and and all around creative human!

Totally Lit is a monthly podcast celebrating reading, writing and creating literature.

Join your host children's author Ky Garvey as she chats with authors, illustrators & all types of creators of books and stories. Be inspired to read, write, create, ignite!

Brisbane Inner West Realty

Starting from humble beginnings, Kathleen has worked hard to create one of the The Gap's fastest growing referral businesses. Along with her husband, Stephen Doyle, she is a true believer of constantly adapting and developing her real estate knowledge and skills.

Together they run a highly successful and much-awarded small business and employ a team of local people who share the same country-style ethics and commitment to customer satisfaction.

𝑪𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒌 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒔 + 𝒑𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒘:

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