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 or call 07 3844 2610 with any questions or to book in for your class.




Sunday Habitation – new live music happenings in Brisbane

Sundays have got a new live music spot in South Brisbane.

With local music identity Sabrina Lawrie on board at The Henderson as Music Curator, the Sunday Habitation has been born!

And it’s perfectly suited to the creative hub of our gallery and cafe.

There will be delicious food and coffee for sale at our Birrang cafe. An excellent way to finish off your week.

It also allows the artists to experiment with new material and try new things in a creative and relaxed setting.

Sarah Haigh

See you Sunday arvo!

Prisoner art has far reaching benefits

Prisoner Art

The Henderson’s Wayne Weaver says that encouraging prisoners to take art classes has benefits not only for the prisoner, but their family and the wider community.

“Prisoners don’t get opportunities to show their work in a professional manner, so recognition can be difficult,” Wayne says.

When prisoners are released, he explained, if they have been occupied with art, they are able to continue on, possibly making a living from their art or even teach.

“This can also have a great benefit to families who can be under a lot of stress,” he says.

“While they are in jail they can paint for 8-10 hours easily and it can make them forget about everything.”

“You can also see certain feelings and how they are doing through their paintings.”

“You can see in their colours and brush strokes a 180 degree turn around, from being violent or troubled, to them coming to terms with things.”

Wayne says that the community needs to understand the pressures prisoners have faced, will continue to face and see what an important and inexpensive role art can play.

“The big question is what do you want to see come out of the jails. Do you want someone angry and lost or do you want your community to benefit?”

Prisoner Art Exhibition
Opened on Saturday 28th January

This show also featured exhibitions running parallel and complementary to the prisoner art:

  • Colleen Sam (Ngungurnnumma)
  • Keith Weribone
  • Robert Henderson – desert-inspired digital pieces

Local music identity joins as Music Curator

Local music identity Sabrina Lawrie joins The Henderson Gallery as Music Curator in what is an exciting union of art and music, long time companions throughout the ages.

Sabrina Lawrie“It is a thrilling opportunity to curate live music into the gallery space, with an exclusive regular event to be unveiled in the coming weeks as well as weekly Sunday afternoon programming of live resident artists to perform in the Birrang cafe,” says Lawrie.

“Bringing musicians and artists together in a safe and open environment at a grass roots level to interact and share ideas and inspirations has always been something very close to my heart as a musician and artist myself.

“Ever since being invited to perform by The Henderson team at the opening of the Boggo Road exhibition over a year ago, the seed to bring art and music together on a more permanent basis has been growing and is now fully formed.”

Creating an opportunity for artists to engage and for magic to emerge in the creative hub, that The Henderson Gallery is swiftly becoming, is a unique experience for all involved.

Desert-inspired art exhibit

Desert Inspired Art

In 2013, Robert Henderson travelled into central desert lands of South West Northern Territory and South East Western Australia on a series of engagements with the local First Nations Peoples of the lands.

Robert says the trip was something he was entirely unprepared for in regard to the energies and magnitude of the lands.

“In fact, I suffered quite intense withdrawals on returning from my first time out on the lands. Returning to a world full of straight vertical lines and right angles was alarmingly difficult,” he says.

There are well defined protocols around taking photos, requiring permission. Robert noticed the incredible amount of photographic equipment being carted around by snap happy visitors, which became the spark for him to begin taking pictures, where appropriate, using just his phone camera.

“I do not refer to myself as a photographer out of respect to actual photographers like Barbara McGrady, Lisa Hogben et al,” however, Robert says, “the digital images I’ve produced offer similar lens to that of my paintings.”

“My time out in the middle altered me, and it’s fair to say that is reflected in the colours and composition in my works subsequent to those trips.”

A small number of the digital pictures are on display

Pictured right: Sunset, looking west just outside of Alice Springs, just before the flies disappear. By Robert Henderson.

New artists signing at The Henderson

Keith and Colleen with their daughtersThe Henderson Gallery is really excited to announce the signing of two wonderful artists. Introducing husband and wife team: Colleen Sam (Ngungurnnumma) and Keith Weribone.

Colleen is a Kalkadoon, Warumungu, Wakaya Artist who was born in Mount Isa, QLD and raised in Brisbane where she still resides today.

Keith is a Mandandanji man from the St George and Roma area of Western QLD. Colleen and Keith saw us on NITV and then came to meet us.

They are genuinely lovely people as well as being extremely talented. Together they produce stunning combinations of art in very different media.


A big year for Henderson Art

Robert Henderson
We are proud of what we have achieved in 2016. Thanks so much for your support. Some highlights from the year include:



  • Opened our new gallery (The Henderson) and cafe (Birrang Coffee) at 92 Ernest St South Brisbane. It was officially opened by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in July. We found our new home after a year of searching. We set it up and opened it in 3.5 weeks from signing the lease!
  • Robert Henderson’s Archibald preview with Celeste Liddle as subject.
  • Completed 10-month season of what was going to just be a 1-month exhibition at Boggo Road.
  • Hosted Sisters Inside charity auction. Sold 48 of a 51 pieces.
  • Hosted fund-raising movie evening for the family of Elijah Doughty who was killed in Kalgoorlie.
  • Hosted Christmas parties for legal firms in the gallery.
  • Received visits to The Henderson from a range of lovely and interesting guests, including: Archie Roach, Keith Hamburger, Kate Jones, Larissa Behrendt, Mark D McMillan, Rosemary McBride, Debbie Kilroy, Lex Wotton, Russell Smith, Dr Anita Heiss, Akala and more.
  • Were consulted by Juvenile Justice, Corrective Services, Parole Review Committee, Joined QTIC and attended Destination Q Forum in Mackay.
  • Robert Henderson started a new Archibald entry and also accepted invitation to be subject for an Archibald entry.
  • Started popular art classes and workshops at The Henderson – both social and serious.
  • Exhibited a range of brilliant artists – both established and emerging – First Nations and non-First Nations.
  • Received our food license and launched a fabulous new menu.
  • Secured a bunch of amazing exhibitions for 2017.