our exhibitions...

Exhibitions at the Davson Arts Museum continue to delight members, friends and visitors. The enthusiasm of our volunteers who offer their time and energy has significantly helped to ensure the success of our varied exhibitions.

Please see pages; Currently on Display, Previous Exhibitions and Up Coming Exhibitions.  Submissions for exhibitions in the DAM gallery from both artists and public entities are welcomed.

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our official opening exhibition...

Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment

29 January to 21 May 2010
Guests listening to the opening addresses for the exhibition

Guests listening to the exhibition opening addresses.
photo by David Wallace

Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment was presented as the Davson Arts Museum’s inaugural exhibition in February 2010.

The collection is a stunning, multi-million dollar survey collection of Sharon Davson's art from 1972
to 2009.

(A previous showing, of Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment in November 2009, represented the inaugural exhibition of the new Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton, Queensland.)

Self Portrait web

1982 Self Portrait drawn in South Australia.

The Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition follows the artist's developmental process from art student in the early 1970's to internationally accomplished creative leader. Davson’s concepts have progressively been embraced by many around the globe, such as her Hands Up celebrity handprints to raise funds for charity.

The collection highlights Davson’s inspirational creativity, providing insights into her spiritual and charitable endeavours spanning over 30 years of her international career.

'Gratitude enlightens and precedes peace' is a recurrent theme in this exhibition, inspiring us toward greater self-enlightenment and harmony with all living things on our Earth.

Catherine Butterworth and treats

Catherine Butterworth
with treats.

Major works include the work-in-progress Creative World Leadership with over 40 original autographed contributions by world leaders from the creative fields.

Sir Cliff Richard OBE, Leo Sayer, Dame Cleo Laine OBE, Helen Reddy, Afro Moses, Silverchair, James Belushi, James Garner, Tom Burlinson, Jon Stevens, Tim Finn, Olivia Newton-John and many more have generously participated.

This exhibition showcases 50 milestone works. They illuminate Davson’s journey of artistic skills, empathy and optimism. During the 1983 filming of a documentary set in South Australia about her art, 901 to Innamincka, a rare self-portrait gives insightful clues about her affinity with vulnerable wildlife and growing passion for their protection.

Roving Magician entertaining guests

Roving magician (in black) entertaining guests.

Davson’s original silk-screen prints and other press originals from 1972- 1974 have a whimsical attitude. However, her earlier inner conflicts are powerfully expressed through her etchings and other original press-prints from 1972 to 1985. Woven limited edition prints and original silk-screen prints created between 1987 and 2006 illustrate the artist’s maturing optimism and empowered visual expression.

The collection had also been exhibited at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Queensland in early 2008. This was Davson’s second exhibition with the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. In 1999, they presented the opening exhibition of Davson's first major retrospective touring exhibition titled, Davson ~ With Gratitude For The Light.

The D~WL&E collection first previewed in late 2006 - early 2007 in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, New South Wales.

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