Women’s Exhibition


The long-awaited The Henderson 2017 Women’s Exhibition is here.
Featuring over 80 works from 10 Amazing Artists:

Jessie Bartlett (Alice Springs)
Tatiana Sugarplum Sparkle (Sydney)
Stevie O’Chin (Brisbane)
Lily Sucic (Brisbane)
Lee George (Yubenan, Magnetic Island)
Cath Grant (Bribie Island / Sydney)
Anne-Maree Newbery (UAE)
Susan Cook (Gold Coast)
Wenz McNeil (Gold Coast)
Chloe Parker (Brisbane)
This is the most ambitious exhibition at The Henderson to date. The sheer number of works, let alone the quality reflecting the talent of the artists holds promise of a truly outstanding experience for audiences.
We are delighted to host the exhibition these 10 incredible artists.
Female artists are ludicrously underrepresented in ‘The Arts’, and this exhibition, celebrating the work of these wonderful artists, is our small contribution in addressing this issue.

Kids Art Competition Results

The response to The Henderson Gallery’s inaugural Kids for Art Competition exceeded all expectations with more than 150 beautiful entries from children aged one to 12.

Individuals and schools from all over Brisbane took part in the competition which demonstrated a wide depth of talent.


Henderson Gallery Principal Artist, Wayne Weaver said the quality of entries was outstanding, demonstrating a desire for young people to leave any inhibitions behind and express themselves through visual art. “I was particularly delighted to find many of the entries showed signs of a depth of talent not often seen in young people’s work and is testament to the opportunities that are being offered for open expression,” he said.


Gallery owner and Principal Artist Robert Henderson, who also judged the entries, said the gallery was established to encourage emerging artists and the opportunity to offer encouragement to very young emerging artists was dear to his heart. “My congratulations to all the artists and their families. There is plenty of talent in our local area. As a six year old, I won a school painting competition. Nobody was more surprised than me that I’d won. The impact of being encouraged has stuck with me to this day.” “It is important to encourage young talent, and to that end we will be running another art competition for young ones at the end of the year,” he said.


Local West End and South Brisbane businesses supported the competition with a range of prizes for each age group.

The winners were:

Age 1, Helena, age 2 Emily, age 3, James, age 4 Maddison, age 5, Imogen, age 6, Hannah, age 7, Jack, age8, Archie, age 9, Gemma, age 10, Hedley, age 11, Shanisha and age 12, Hunter.

Junction Part State School produced a whole-of-school entry and the students were awarded a special prize.

Abbey-Mae from Yeronga won the prize determined by public vote by visitors to the gallery.

The encouragement award went to Nargis.

Three-year-old Abbey-Mae from Yeronga who won the public vote prize with her painting of herself and her mother.

Queensland Poetry Festival



The Henderson Gallery is excited to host Joy Harjo to a community welcome on 6 August and to an Indigenous Writing Workshop on 12 August as part of the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence 2017.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation who is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century. Harjo’s eight books of poetry include such well-known titles as How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. Her newest collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), short-listed for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, is hailed by Yusef Komunyakaa as ‘a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history’. Her memoir Crazy Brave (2012) won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Recently, Harjo was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilley Prize, bestowed on a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.

more information and details for booking can be found here

Kids For Art Competition





Starting Monday the 3rd of July and running until Monday 11th of July The Henderson Gallery will be Exhibiting art from kids aged from 1-12 years old. This event offers the opportunity for children  around Brisbane to showcase their artwork in a way they normally would not have access to.

Principal Artist at The Henderson, Wayne Weaver said
children of all ages have a special ability to express
themselves in art. “Using colour and imagination can often be
an outlet for young people who may not have the vocabulary
to say what they are really feeling,”

There will be winners selected from each age group and plenty of prizes given out with one overall best in show winner as well as a public voting box in the gallery.

come in, grab a coffee, drop a vote in and support the children.

Gurramin on board at The Henderson Gallery

Here at The Henderson Gallery we always have a number of exciting things in the works, some of our most recent projects involve a newer member of our team Gurramin who in addition to being the new face of our Sunday habitation has also stepped up to join the team of artists teaching art in our social art classes here at The Henderson Gallery, it doesn’t stop there though, Gurramin will also be offering a number of other beneficial and educational opportunities to those those would like to get involved.

Gurramin, A Cultural Immersion Experience

This program aims to teach about First Nations protocol and sensitivities and provide a broad history integrating the audience into a cultural experience which connects with First Nations people and their land. programs include having Gurramin guide you through acknowledgement to country, First nations storytelling, the power of the didgeridoo and First Nations education.


Sunday Habitations

Those who have been to our recent Sunday Habitations with Gurramin will know that Sundays have got a new live music spot in South Brisbane.

As the new face of our Sunday habitations, Gurramin brings his unique brand of engagement to The Henderson Gallery. Firing up at our new time of 12pm playing through til 2pm. Tasty food and beverages available. Free Admission. All Ages.

A perfect fit for the creative and relaxed vibe of our gallery and cafe.

See you on Sunday afternoon!

Social Art Classes

The Henderson Gallery is proud to announce Gurramin will now be joining our roster of artists teaching our social art classes every Saturday afternoon. Those who attend a social art class will be guided step by step through the creation of their very own painting that they can take home. the art classes are suitable for beginners with little to experience and are beneficial even to intermediate or advanced artists. Visit our events page to find dates for our future social art classes or email Eden@roberthenderson.com.au or call 07 3844 2610 with any questions or to book in for your class.