In recognition of Sharon Davson's art and the Davson family's cultural contribution to the community, the new regional art gallery in her hometown of Gatton was named the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery in June 1999.

In June 2000, the Official Opening Address for the new gallery was given by John Walsh, President of the Regional Art Galleries Association. Former Gatton Mayor Bernie Sutton opened the exhibition , with the current Mayor Ray Ferdinand officiating proceedings.

Davson's major retrospective exhibition With Gratitude For The Light, was the feature of this opening event. This important survey exhibition was shown in 14 public galleries during its three year tour.

With over 60 art works spanning more than 25 years of Davson's artistic career, With Gratitude For The Light included works borrowed from distinguished public, corporate and private collections. These included: the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Ian Fairweather Memorial Art Gallery & Museum, the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum, Konica Australia, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Time Life Warner, Coro Corp. New Zealand & Hawaii, the El Largo Resort, the Nelson Bay RSL Club, Pittwater Village and James Fairfax AO. The exhibition was shown in 14 public galleries over three years.

Mayor Ray Ferdinand

Gatton Shire Council, and on behalf of the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery

We are very proud to name this gallery in honour of the outstanding contribution of the Davson family to the development in our community of artistic and cultural pursuits. We are especially proud of our local artist, Sharon Davson, who is the first Gatton artist to achieve such international recognition and whose Retrospective is the first art exhibition to be shown in our new gallery.

We thank her for bringing this exhibition to Gatton and making her professional expertise available to us. It is hoped that one day the gallery will have some of these works back on permanent display as the cornerstone of its collection.

Sharon contributed to the new gallery's development by assisting with training volunteers and staff, and providing background logistics for the new gallery's operations. She frequently returned to Gatton to support exhibition openings.

Patron for the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery, Mrs Win Davson MBE, attended the opening of all exhibitions held at the gallery, although sadly there is no photographic record of her attendance at any those functions.

Through many successful exhibitions, the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery gave creative inspiration to the region's local communities and visitors.

Davson collections and gifts

At the request of the Gatton Shire Council, Davson became integral in setting foundations for the art gallery to receive art and cultural gifts. These valuable cultural gifts are enthusiastically sought after by municipal bodies for the celebration and preservation of local identity, for the benefit of current and future generations.

This included a possible transfer to the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery / Gatton Shire Council of the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum collection. This collection which contains valuable art works and 60 years of cultural history records for the Lockyer District.

Between 2000 and 2002, the Gatton Shire Council's desire, expressed by Mayor Ray Ferdinand at the official opening of the gallery, to establish a permanent collection of Sharon Davson's art for the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery was also underway.

Through the generosity of several art collectors from the With Gratitude For The Light exhibition, Davson prepared 41 works to be donated to Gatton (valued then at $500,000). It was understood that this gift would be handed over to the Gatton Shire Council when they had completed new facilities to appropriately house the art works.

Sadly, under the new Mayor Jim McDonald in 2002, this gift of an extraordinary collection of art, which can now be valued in well into the millions of dollars, was declined by the Gatton Shire Council.

In December 2007, the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery was suddenly closed.

However, the amalgamated council, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, was planning to build a Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre to include a very large truck museum with other facilities.

Almost two years later, the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre was completed. Davson's second significant retrospective touring exhibition Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment provided the opening show in the new art gallery within this truck museum, library, tourist information and conference centre complex in November 2009.

 

Exhibitions in the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery included . . .

Listings are by the months in which the exhibition opened.

2000 . . .
June - October
With Gratitude For The Light … the official opening exhibition … Sharon Davson, - a major retrospective that toured in 14 regional art galleries.

2001 . . .
April
Machine Made

June
Art Solutions For Environmental Insolubles

August
Gatton Shire Council Art Award selection

September
Gatton State School 125th Anniversary exhibition

December
Celebrating Bill Bolton's Vision of Australia

2002 . . .
March
Chinchilla Gold – 60 wattles from the Chinchilla Shire

April
Fruits of Passion by the Boonah art group

May
Pretty in Pink by Helen Norton

June
Wickety Smashkins from the Laidley Gallery

August
Undertakings by S. Coulton

September
Images by Lockyer District High School students

December
Council Art works from the Gatton Shire Council

 

2003 . . .
February
Endangered Species by Dana McCown

March
Fusion by local artists

April
Pro and David Hart from the Hart Gallery

May
Parsnegah/Colours of Hungary by Iraj Family and Marika Donehue

June
Mixed2themax by Jill Nugent

July
Art of Beauty by Helen Norton

August
Anthology by the Lockyer District High School students

September
Zoom : a photographer's viewpoint by local artists

November
Quilts by the Gatton Quilters

 

2004 . . .
January
Council Art works from the Gatton Shire Council

March
Down to Earth by Christiana Ravanelli and Ineke de Vries

April
View with a Past by local artists

June
Treasures from the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum -
selected works loaned from the public collection of the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum

July
Camp Oven Country by Toni John

August
One Time Wonders by local artists

September
Our Country from the Israeli Embassy

October
Anthology by Lockyer District High School students

November
Folio by the Toowoomba Range Artists

2005 . . .
February
Lights Out - Travelling Exhibition

March
It's all about me by Robbie Kelton

April
Gatton Celebrates 150th Anniversary by local artists

May
Farm Art by Vickie Anderson and Redundant Fencer by Kate De Jude

June
Stepping Stones by Sonja Jack and Clay Figurines by Ron Ruijter

July
Threads & Fragments by Wendy Wright

August
Tribute to Mrs Hermann by the Forest Hill Painters

October
Anthology by the Lockyer District High School students

November
Vision Expounded by Diane Downton and Ula Binggeli

December
Near and Far by Wendy Greenwood & Louise Corke

 

2006 . . .
February
Sculpture from Canvas by Don Hill

March
Double Vision by Emerson and Bradfield

April
Minister's Awards from the Minister's Awards

May
Parsnegah by the Iraj Family

June
Council's artworks from the Gatton Shire Council

August
Photographs from ABC Snapshots

September
Anthology by the Lockyer District High School students

November
Variety by Louise Teese

December
ESKploding by Christianna Ravanelli

 

2007 . . .
February
Rev It Up by Street Sprints

March
Gemboree from the Gatton Gem Club

April
Fusion by Various Artists

May
Our Time by Wendy Thompson and Diane Cregan-Reid

July
Female Flowers by Sue Cunningham

August
Through the Lens by the Gatton Camera Club

September
Anthology by the Lockyer District High School students

November
Selected works by the Toowoomba Range Artists

December
Gallery closed.

Davson World