Arts

“Macleay Island in Redland City is gaining a reputation as one of south east Queensland’s most creative destinations.”

 -Mariae Crawshaw, RDA Logan and Redlands Executive Officer 

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“Fantasy” by local sculptor Ted Upton. Carved from locally sourced Beach Hyacinth

Located just 30 kilometers from Brisbane, Macleay Island is currently home to 250 artists, writers and musicians. The ever growing artistic community features a broad range of skills and talent ranging from painting, sculpture, pottery, calligraphy, and photography to dancing, singing, acting, and writing.

Local artists of note include Karen Foster, Ted Upton, Joe Geia and Ruth Venner.

The beautiful landscape and tranquil atmosphere of Macleay Island  inspires our artistic community every day.


You are welcomed to Macleay by this magnificent wood sculpture by island artist Ted Upton. This work was commissioned by Pensar Construction Group on completion of their work on the new Macleay Island car park and boat ramps. The wood came from a tree removed in order to complete the new work.


For individual artists and musicians, please view these categories.

Artists     Musicians

For Artist Societies, please view below.

Bay Islands Artisans Network (BIANOM)
The Bay Islands Artisans Network (BIANOM) is a group of independent creative people who are located within the South Moreton Bay Islands. Our initial aim, is to bring people to Macleay to discover and purchase our amazing range of creative works and goods, produced by local islanders.

Macleay Island Inspirational Writers’ Group 
Macleay Island Inspirational Writers’ Group (MIIWG) was established in 2007 with the aim of encouraging Macleay Island writers to develop their creativity in a supportive and welcoming environment. The philosophy of the group is ‘generosity of spirit’. If you would like to know more about the group please email Lesley at [email protected]

Macleay Island Arts Centre 
The Macleay Island Arts Complex is a not-for-profit community arts organisation situated at 95-97 Coast Road on Macleay Island. For more information, contact 3409 4100

 Macleay Island Craft Group  
Formed in 1982 when four local residents shared their time and skills in a private home on a regular basis, the members of the Group now meet at the Community Centre on Tuesday mornings.

Macleay Island Woolies
Everything to do with wool. Meet once a fortnight from 10am to midday Tuesdays at the Emerald Isle Shopping Centre.
Weaving – spinning – knitting – crochet – come and join us for a chat.

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