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    Gallery and Workshops

    We’ve expanded! 

    Bowerbird Collections


    Hip Hip Hooray! Let’s give a warm welcome to our second space: Bowerbird Collections Gallery and Workshop in Fortitude Valley!

     This space is dedicated to the celebration of creativity and supporting local makers. Just ten minutes down the road from our Paddington shop, our new space is designed not only to showcase artwork, but also host a range of workshops!

    Bowerbird Collections has always been a place of creative experimentation, and we are thrilled to share our knowledge with you and offer a space for the emerging and established artists in our community! Yay for supporting local!

    New Co-Operative Space

    The Bowerbird Collections Gallery is bringing to Brisbane a new space for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and curate exhibitions. 

    We love getting together with other creatives and our our aim is to hold space and facilitate community. Come and hold your own workshops, take part in an upcoming exhibition or host your own! We encourage interested artists to send us an email with a detailed proposal!


    Event Hire




    We understand the challenges of living the creative life, and so we are offering low commission, and flexible contra options to exhibit and or host workshop in our new space.

    Brisbane Workshops

    Did we mention we’re excited?! Now that we have the addition of our new gallery space in Fortitude Valley, we are hosting Ceramic Workshops and Oil Painting Workshops run by our founders, Peta and Ellie. Brisbane workshops are our new favourite thing.

    Ceramic Workhops


    The creator of our cherished ceramic story, Peta has over 25 years of experience in ceramics and a background in design. She was also a school teacher in another life. So, when come along and make your first, or 100th ceramic piece, you can be sure you’re in very capable hands.

    Peta Sweatman


    The perfect workshop for anyone who loves Bowerbird’s ceramics, and who would like to experience the satisfaction and joy of creating a beautiful piece with their own hands.

    • Hands-on one or two day workshops
    • No experience required
    • Live demonstration from Peta Sweatman
    • One-on-one guidance
    • Take home your very own finished ceramic piece
    • All materials included
    • Please wear enclosed shoes and comfortable clothing.
    • Available for group bookings of 5-8 people

    Oil Painting Workshops


    Ellie excels at capturing the subject with free-flowing brushstrokes, and her oil painting workshops will cater to a range of experience levels. If your art journey is just beginning, or you’re experienced and would like to ‘loosen up’ or try another style, there will be something of value for everyone wanting to learn.

    Ellie Sweetman


    Come and learn oil painting in a relaxed and encouraging environment. 

    “We are not looking for perfection! We are learning how to simplify what we see and then allow our brush and paint to do its own beautiful thing”

    • One day workshops or weekly classes
    • Complete beginners welcome
    • Classes for different experience levels
    • Artist quality materials (the best)
    • No solvents. All mediums are non toxic.
    • Guided paintings of portraits, landscapes and still life
    • One-on-one assistance
    • All materials included
    • Complete a painting to take home
    • Aprons provided – but please wear comfortable clothing that you don”t mind potentially getting paint on.
    • Available for group bookings of 5-8 people
    Available Classes & Prices

    colour coded on our calendar for your convenience 

    Ceramics – Patterned Plate Class 4 Hours 


    Oil Painting – Beginner Class 4 Hours


    Oil Painting – 4 Week Introduction To Oils

    4 consecutive weeks of 4 hour classses


    Oil Painting – Intermediate Class 4 Hours


    Upcoming Schedule

    Select your class in the calendar below and click on BOOK NOW to reserve your spot


    Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Bowerbird Collections must agree to these terms and conditions.

    I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Bowerbird Collections.

    I agree to give Bowerbird Collections unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Bowerbird Collections classes and events. (For use of Bowerbird Collections marketing materials).

    If you can no longer attend, Bowerbird Collections must be notified 48 hours prior to your workshop or class and an alternative day or credit note will be organised. Your place can also be transferred to friends or family at any time. Unfortunately, we don’t offer refunds. Thank you for understanding.

    We aim to run each workshop, however, our workshops must have a minimum of 3 participants to go ahead. In the event that a workshop does not meet the minimum number of participants and is subsequently cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit

    Student reviews

    What do students say about our Workshops?
    Ellie showed us how to break down the picture into sections to make it easier to get the proportions correct. I was blown away by my fist ever oil painting, and feel so proud that I actually achieved that in 3.5 hours! Ellie is a wonderfully talented artist and teacher. Can't wait for the next class!
    Oil Painting Beginner Class
    Ellie's class is wonderful! She is enthusiastic, encouraging and explains everything really clearly.
    Oil Painting Beginner Class
    Gallery location

    137 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley

    QLD 4006

    Gallery hours

    Sun – Mon Closed

    Tues – Sat Open by appointment

    Contact us

    Phone: 07 3368 3241


    Most important questions, like "the meaning of life" answered below
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    Comfortable clothing that you’re okay with getting paint/clay on. We will of course provide aprons, but it’s best not to wear your favourite top.  Oils paints can be particularly messy.

    There is ample street parking on Warry street that is 9h metered on weekdays and free on weekends.

    Just yourself! All equipment is provided for both the ceramic and oil painting workshops. Feel free to bring your own water bottle or snacks, but morning/afternoon tea is provided.

    Yes! Simply fill out the booking form with the gift recipients details. Or, contact us for a workshop gift voucher which the lucky recipient redeem over the phone.  

    Unfortunately we don’t offer refunds on workshops. If you have booked and can no longer make it to the workshop you must contact us no less than 3 days (72 hours) prior to the workshop in order to arrange an alternative date. Cancellations less than 3 days before the workshop are non-transferable. Transfers to friends or relatives are allowed up to 24 hours before the scheduled class.

    No. Students must be at least 15 years old to attend.

    Yes, you can book up to 8 people for any workshop. Simply select the number of tickets you desire on the booking page. Contact us to organise a private booking of 5-8 people if there are not sufficient spaces available in upcoming workshops.