Black Duck Gallery

Type of space: Residency, Art Gallery, Live+Work Space (Residential+Work), Makerspace (Shared open space for making), Multi-use Space, Open-air space , Visual Art Studio

    The Black Duck Gallery and Cottage is a classy yet cosy space built by local craftsman John Burke. The space is not only available for holiday goers, it will also be home to the Black Duck Artist Retreat and Black Duck Artist in Residence program. With Mt Ninderry out one window and the Maroochy River out the other, the Black Duck is a space to truly relax and get creative.

    The cottage is fully self-contained with a kitchenette and shower, a large loft style bedroom with queen bed and a 4 x 6m gallery space downstairs, ready for hanging. The cottage itself is set on a popular through road leading towards the renowned Spirit House restaurant and the beautiful Mt Ninderry, a popular walking track for tourists and locals alike, and it is less than a couple of minutes drive to the thriving country town of Yandina.

    The property also offers a large workshop space for use during your stay.


    Lease Conditions

    This year we are offering 2 Artist in Residence programs and 2 Artist Retreats.


    Our Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a series of 5 night residencies for artists to exhibit and sell artworks, promote themselves as an artist and connect with the public through events and workshops. During your stay in the cottage you will have full use of the Black Duck Cottage Gallery, the Black Duck Workshop and the beautiful surrounds to create work in.

    So you can make the most of your stay the Residency includes a marketing package and a catered opening event leaving you the time to focus on what you do best….getting creative.

    Residency Dates

    September 19th – 24th or October 10th – 15th

    What you provide

    As part of your residency you will host at least two events to engage with the public including an opening event which is included in part of the package. The Black Duck AIR operates as an open studio so you are required to be available and open to the public for at least 5 hours a day.

    In a nutshell:

     You need enough work to fill the gallery space on arrival

     Be prepared to work from the space and have the gallery open to the public for at least 5 hours per day.

     Host an opening event and at least one workshop/talk/public engagement during your stay.

    Residency cost is $700

    This amount includes:

     5 nights accommodation in the Black Duck Cottage

     Solo gallery space to hang work in

     Workshop space

     Marketing package which includes

    o Press Release

    o Online promotion via social media

    o One article in a local publication

    o Promotional posters for 2019 AIR series (digital and hardcopy)

    o Event Flyers (digital and 20 hardcopy)

    o Story on the Black Duck website

    **Promotional material will be sent to you prior to stay and will also be displayed in the local and surrounding area.

    Opening event package which includes

    o 4 bottles of bubbles

    o Cheese platter

    o Invites (digital and 20 hardcopies)


    We know all too well that for the creatives in our community, to find the time and space purely to focus on their art practice is near impossible, yet is vital for evolving as an artist.

    With this in mind and in the hope of building awareness about the importance of the creatives of our time, the Black Duck is offering an Artist Retreat which is a choice of either 6 or 10 days to devote solely to your art practice.

    Although totally welcome to put on workshops and display and sell artwork, there is no obligation to do anything other than use the space and time to get creative in an open studio.

    This year we have two 7 or 10 day Retreats on offer:

    August 20th– 26th/29th

    October 22nd – 28th/31st

    Retreat cost: 7 days $350

    10 days $550

    This amount includes:

     Accommodation in the Black Duck Cottage

     Workshop space

     Gallery space

    What’s not included:

     Food for the week

     Transport or set up costs

     Art materials

     No promotion or marketing other than social media on the Black Duck page.


    All interested parties are to fill in a proposal application form and e-mail it to along with a refundable $70 deposit.

    If unsuccessful you will be informed via e-mail and your $70 will be refunded.

    If successful an offer of acceptance including dates will be sent back via e-mail which you will have one week to accept or decline. If application is accepted by all parties the deposit becomes non-refundable and the balance is to be paid in full no later than 7 days after acceptance.

    If for any reason the Black Duck Gallery has to cancel the residency, the fee will be refunded in full.

    By agreeing to the residency you are consenting to allow the BD Gallery to use any photos, video and written content for ongoing promotion purposes.

    Applications for the 2019 Artist in Residence close July 21st

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    This space is suitable for Arts and CraftCeramicsDrawingExhibitionsIndustrial DesignInstallationNew MediaOpenings/launchesPaintingPhotographyPrintmakingProject SpacePublic art installationResidencyRetailScreen printingSculptureTextilesWoodworkWorkshops


    • Floor Dimensions 24.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height Standard (up to 3m)
    • Max. Capacity 2
    • Floorplan Download


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Bold signage

    • Disabled parking

    • Drop-off point

    • Flexible layout

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    For performers
    • Reachable door handles

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable telephone/communication