Wattle Cottage Art Centre is set on our farm at the opposite end to my home studio. It is home to my shop, gallery and teaching spaces. The Cottage part of a complex of buildings that used to be tobacco storage and processing sheds. Our family were some of the last growers of tobacco in the Bundaberg area in 1993 and we have retained the infrastructure and equipment to preserve its history. The Cottage was restored and converted from sorting shed to cottage in 1996 and operated as a farmstay until 2010. It is now where you will find my shop and accomodation for overnight stays if you are attending workshops from out of town.
323 Gordons Road, Alloway Open by appointment Ph/text 0421674124
Wattle Cottage Shop/Gallery
Nestled between farmland, natural bushland and water ways, Wattle Cottage is the perfect spot to house my work.
Inside you can find my original artworks, prints, gifts, wearable art and greeting cards.
The cottage is set in a beautiful rural landscape with plenty of places to sit and relax in nature. Why not bring picnic basket and find a spot to lunch or pick up a coffee or cuppa from Alloway Farm Market on the way.
Open by appointment by calling or texting 0421674124
The Shed Studio
"The Shed" studio space, set in the historic tobacco industry buildings, can be used for larger workshops, dance/yoga or arg groups either upstairs indoors or in the downstairs open air space. Wattle Cottage also houses a small meeting roomsuitable for meditation and mini workshops, and a beautiful veranda which is wonderful if you just want to sit and relax with a book and a cuppa.
The cottage itself, once a farmstay, still maintains accomodation for retreats and overnight stays during workshops.
My home studio is situated in our cottage on a sugar cane farm in Alloway, in the Wide Bay Region of Queensland. I have surrounded our home with beautiful forest like gardens. If I could I would spend most of my time outdoors, but I am sensitive to heat and struggle in our hot, humid summers.
After spending years squashed into a small room with no place for a large canvas, I've finally got the space of my dreams. Sliding glass doors from my studio allow access to a screened-in corner of our veranda . It is perfect. I've got my connection to the outdoors whatever the weather, space to work, space to meditate and a corner for a nice cup of tea while I dream up more ideas. And when it is too hot, I can close the glass door to take advantage of the air conditioning whilst still being able to gaze out into nature.
My indoor space now boasts plenty of light for filming my workshops and storage for all of my supplies. Hector's old leather chair still has its place just inside the door.