Gallery Sunshine Everywhere Inc. is a not for profit organization incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.

ABN 83 474 921 704


Dozens of schools and hundreds of students have been involved in the many exhibitions and other activities, Gallery Sunshine Everywhere has conducted since it was established in 2007. Most of the exhibitions have been held at the Granary Cafe in Sunshine and will be again this year. The exhibitions mainly feature the work of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students and sometimes , local artists as well.


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Another busy year with fifteen exhibitions.

We started in February with Opening to Art, an exhibition of work by a group from Footscray Community Art Centre, led by Filomena Coppola and featuring among others Emilia McSherry who had opened the 2017 exhibition schedule with a solo exhibition.

Next was a wonderful Neighbour Day event, attended by the Mayor and several City of Brimbank councillors, where the young artists from Inspiring Kids to Create, coordinated by Carmen Borg, shared both their drawings and their interviews with the neighbours they had drawn and interviewed. They were all there again later in the year when the Neighbour Day book that drew together this material was launched. At that launch in July we were delighted to host several international delegates who were in Melbourne for the World Federation of Teacher Education conference. They responded most enthusiastically to the work of Gallery Sunshine Everywhere and Inspiring Kids to Create. One visitor subsequently commented on his blog, The Humanist Nerd, “The professional treatment given to these works validates the children’s creativity and helps them see themselves as confident, expressive and creative individuals. The solidarity we witnessed between these children and their parents and neighbours was quite special.”

Into April and May we had exhibitions by Richard McLean and by the CoHealth Art Therapy group and then Fairbairn Road Kindergarten (who have exhibited with us every year since we started in 2007). All artists and their families and teachers came to a busy and ever exciting opening.

Next it was Sunshine College and the Granary was absolutely packed. At the opening of the exhibition of visual art work facilitated by teachers Mira Vuk-Nikic, Jasna Kuprys and Allison Orton, six of the school bands performed and it was certainly the biggest crowd we’ve ever had especially at a secondary school exhibition opening: lots and lots of students, teachers, parents, friends. This was coordinated by Theresa Haddon and other music teachers at the school and we look forward to their involvement in 2019 Neighbour Day at the Granary with performances in the courtyard.

Dorothy Carlton Kindergarten was next with everything from tiny puppets on toothpicks to bark painting and lots more. Later in the year, the children at Dorothy Carlton decided to donate the profits of their worm juice sales to Gallery Sunshine Everywhere. We very much appreciate this generosity and will purchase a new frame which will have a plaque attached noting the donation and will be used in each exhibition to house the work featured on the exhibition postcard.

Sunshine North Primary School (one of the very first to exhibit with us when we started) were back with an exhibition of work associated with the school garden (and cooking) project. Our Lady’s Primary School followed up with an exhibition of wonderfully quirky animals and more And then it was Sydenham/Hillside Primary School and just before that exhibition hanger extraordinaire Trevor Donoghue had acquired for us two large box display frames. They housed the steam punk robots and the science inspired intricate drawings of insects perfectly.

These special frames were in use again later in the year with a jewellery display as part of the Teachers’ exhibition and the display of several 3D sculptural pieces during the Diversity and Disability exhibition. Thanks to Charlotte Clemens and Tanya Arman who respectively curated these two final exhibitions for 2018.

But before we reached the end of the year, Rhiannon Thomas facilitated the Story Swap project and exhibition. The project involved prospective artists and story tellers sitting across a table from each other with the artist drawing as the story was told. This project drew participants from all age groups, accomplished artists and those at the very beginning and led to an exhibition which featured the stories and the drawings.

This was followed by an exhibition featuring art work from children at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children in Sunshine and from Hearing and Beyond in Vietnam. Marelyn McDonald who with a colleague does considerable support work in Vietnam brought the art work and with Andria Mavrikakis and the children from Furlong Park an inspiring international joint project came together which will we are hopeful will form the basis for the next Gallery Sunshine Everywhere book.

… The year’s schedule is always so much more than a set of dates with school/organization name recorded beside them … .

Onward to 2019 … .

Happy Days

Maureen Ryan

What does Gallery Sunshine Everywhere do?

The purposes of Gallery Sunshine Everywhere are to promote engagement with art-making and art education among pre-primary, primary and secondary school students and their schools and families, and business and the broader community of the Western suburbs of Melbourne, through:-

(a) exhibiting and valuing the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

(b) celebrating the talents of young artists and enabling community access to the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary students.

(c) extending the involvement of families, schools, business and the broader community with youth oriented art activities.

(d) increasing community understanding of the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

(e) developing art-focussed partnerships with schools and other organizations.

(f)  mentoring young and emerging artists.  

(g) undertaking collaborative projects to raise the status, accessibility and visibility of visual arts for young people in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

Engage schools, families, business and the broader community with the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

Exhibit the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

Value the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

Celebrate the talents of young artists.

Extend involvement of families, schools, business and the broader community with youth oriented art based activities.

Enable access to the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary students.

Increase understanding of the art of pre-primary, primary and secondary school students.

Develop partnerships with schools and other organisations.

Mentor young and emerging artists.

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere has five strands

Strand one: SCHOOLS

  1. 1.Gallery Sunshine Everywhere coordinates at least five curated exhibitions each year in Sunshine in Melbourne’s west.

  2. 2.There are no costs to families or schools for Strand One. Grants and Sponsorship are always welcome to support each of the exhibitions. We collect the work, frame and hang it on the walls at the Granary Cafe, organise opening events there for students, families and friends and return the work at the end of each exhibition.

  3. 3.Gallery Sunshine Everywhere liaises with all schools that register for each exhibition and selects work for exhibition and for the on line Art Gallery on this web site:

  4. 4. All work is photographed and added to the on line Art Gallery on this site.

  5. 5. The work selected for exhibition is framed or otherwise prepared for exhibition

  6. 6. Each exhibition period of three or four weeks commences with an official opening

  7. 7. An identifying card listing the artist’s first name, year level and school is displayed with each art work

  8. 8. Where enquiries are made about purchasing  (framed or unframed) any work on display,
    Gallery Sunshine Everywhere follows up with schools, families and potential buyers.

Strand two: FAMILIES

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere accepts commissions from families to provide an artist to develop an innovative art work with the family for display in the family home.

Strand three: WORK

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere accepts  commissions from workplaces to develop murals and/or individual art works for display in the office, factory, foyer or  staff room

  1. by framing and displaying the work of children of employees and

  2. by providing artists to conduct workshops with children of employees.


Gallery Sunshine Everywhere maintains the  on line Art Gallery on this web site and responds to enquiries to exhibit work included there in other places (always in consultation with artists, families and schools), eg. several pieces have been selected for inclusion in Brimbank Council publications.


Gallery Sunshine Everywhere produces  a set of cards at the end of each year, featuring examples of work exhibited during the year ((always in consultation with artists, families and schools with 80% of funds from card sales being returned to schools). Click here to see information about 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 cards. Gallery Sunshine Everywhere collaborates  with various community organizations to undertake a range of projects each year.  The 2014 News Report included below outlines the 2014 collaborative projects with groups including Brimbank Council, AMES, SAIL, Victoria University, Inspiring KIds to Create Primary Art Program, Diversity and Disability Art Group, Sunshine Rotary and the CASS Foundation.


Maureen Ryan  

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere   

PO Box 5203  Burnley, Vic 3121  Australia 

(T) +61 3 9428 6070 

(M)  0412 218 974     


All the books produced on Words and Pictures Project can be accessed through the blogspot link which at the moment is included in the 2017 Report.

It includes the books we have made with children in:

• Sudan

• India

• China

• Sri Lanka

• Solomon Islands

Top left: Higher Education students helping hang exhibitions

Top right: Contribution by Mirjana Vuk-Nikic , art teacher at Sunshine College to Teachers' exhibition

Above: Diversity and Disability exhibition

Middle right: Furlong Park School for Deaf Children linking with Hearing and Beyond in Vietnam

Lower right: Steam Punk Robots from SydenhamHillside Primary School