THE LONG GALLERY
Art has the ability to transform our community on every level.
At Benevolent Living, we are developing Australia’s first seniors living arts community. With our Long Gallery, School of Arts and vibrant arts programming, Benevolent Living will be a hub for all to connect and create together.
Art has a way of strengthening communities, with activations and experiences prompting the exploration of ideas and aspirations. What follows is a heighted sense of understanding and belonging – and, in turn, positive attitudes towards difference and change.
Integrating art into public and private spaces makes them warm, friendly and welcoming. Benevolent Living’s Creative Arts Activation Strategy and Action Plan 2021–2024 will guide us in creating and delivering an arts program with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and broader community.
Our state-of-the-art residences bring together physical, digital and social elements to provide the best care and service to seniors. Our new arts focus will build on this – and foster a flourishing precinct for community connection, learning and enjoyment.
Benevolent Living's Permanent Collection
We have curated a permanent collection for Benevolent Living’s new and refurbished buildings to support our mission – to enrich the lives of our community and creating a meaningful and stimulating place to live and visit.
We have selected artworks that conjure themes and scenes familiar to residents and visitors alike, including:
A sense of home captured through still lifes, iconic Queenslanders, country homesteads and urban settings around the Tunuba (Fitzroy) River.
Sweeping landscapes of the Berserker Ranges, Mt Archer National Park and Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Natural settings such as rainforests, heathlands, marine plains, creeks and billabongs.
First Nations art and artefacts sourced from the Darumbal people, traditional custodians of the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Area.
Depictions of our thriving agriculture and resource industries.
All artworks selected for our permanent collection were created by local artists or Traditional Custodians, or feature scenes from the region.
The permanent collection will be displayed on ground floor and throughout The Terraces – and is only the start of what will be a growing body of artworks for our residents and visitors to together enjoy.
CQ Arts Community
Benevolent Living has actively engaged with the Central Queensland Arts Community to foster their support from assisting in the concept development, architectural design the implementation of strategies that will help in the development of our unique Arts themed seniors living community.
We seek opportunities to partner with local artists, music schools, musicians young and old, the Rockhampton Museum of Art and Walter Reid Cultural Centre, as well as local artisans, craft groups, sculptors and other hobby groups.
If you are interested in exhibiting in our Long Gallery or running a community workshop in our School of Arts, please complete the Expression of Interest form below.