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News: The Quilty Verdict

“The way to make a community healthier and a better place to grow, build upon and celebrate is through the arts.” Ben Quilty, Coffs Harbour.


What a night we had with Ben Quilty! Over 200 people packed into the Surf Life Saving Club to hear Ben’s insights on art at our fundraising dinner on October 23rd. The positive response has been overwhelming since Ben spoke to us with his stories of growing up with creative ambition in a country focused on sports rather than arts’ education.


“There are little boys and girls like that here in this community who have nothing to aspire to except a core key group of people trying to run a little, tiny gallery against all the odds to impress on boys like me that there is more to the world than sport,” said Ben.

The evening was topped off with the announcement that Ben will donate two of his works to the Regional Gallery’s collection. A valuable addition to any collection and is sure to be a popular drawcard for visitors.


Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible:

Audi Bellbowrie, Bryant McKinnon Lawyers & Southern Cross University. 


Check out all the photos and other media on our Friends’ facebook page

To support future events, become a sponsor or join the Friends below.

Become a Member

When you become a Friend of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, you get to connect with people dedicated to enjoying cultural events and supporting the arts in the Coffs Coast region. As a member you will receive invitations to free and discounted cultural events at the gallery. You will also be contributing to the ongoing development of the gallery's permanent collection.

Join today by selecting one of membership options below.

Or Click here to download our membership form.


You can join as an individual and share your love of art with like minded friends.

Adults:  $28.00/year

Students:  $20.00/year

Concession:  $20.00/year


We encourage you to share your love of art with the entire family. Family membership includes up to five named members but events open to the whole clan.

Family:  $60.00/year


The perfect way to demonstrate your company's support for our community. Corporate sponsorship includes up to five named members and the right to call your business a Friend of the Gallery.

Corporate: $150.00/year


OPENING HOURS: Tues - Sat: 10am-4pm  Closed: Sun - Mon

VISIT: Cnr Coff & Duke Sts, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 Australia


We look forward to seeing you at the gallery soon!

Feel free to contact us for further information - but please be aware that Friends is run by volunteers so our response may take some time.

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