...a site responsive, vibrant art community.

As a place-based centre immersed in the natural wilderness of the Gold Coast Hinterland we are committed to fostering critically engaged creative practice.


Hand Bent Banana operates in the old, repurposed banana packing shed on Talweg. Light-filled creative worklabs, gallery, outdoor spaces and support for artists to research, develop and present new work connected to natural green views, fresh air and tranquility are offered. 


Creative pursuits in the fields of music composition/sound art, the visual arts, sculpture, installation, new media, craft, creative writing, architecture and landscape/garden/ecological design are welcome.

We support Spaces and Access to nature including:

  • art studios

  • indoor and outdoor workshop spaces

  • photo shots

  • large gallery

  • outdoor gallery

  • covered and outdoor learning rooms


Artists in Residence

Tiarna Stevenson

Visual Artist

As an emerging Gold Coast visual artist I aim to sustain a flourishing professional practice and contribute my skills and vision to a vibrant local arts and cultural sector.

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I work with a poetic and intuitive confidence, discovering purpose through creating universal images that nurture a sense of calm and wellbeing.

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 I was born in Italy and Studied at the San Giacomo Art Academy in Rome. I graduated from Art History at the University of Rome. I’m now based on the southern Gold Coast where I practice my painting and sculpture.

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Norton Fredericks


 I love the idea of using 'detritus' and breaking it down into nutrient rich cloth that nourishes the soul, mind and body while bringing awareness to the importance of natural fibres.

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Willem Scheepers

Phil Darnton


A collaboration: Willem has been a practising artist throughout his life and injects that into his design projects. Philip, has a background in fine art, particularly specialising in sculpture and installation work.

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Irene Messia


Lisa Behan

Arts & Health

The 2021 Hand Bent Banana Artist-in-Residence program was supported through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program