Darling Downs South West

The Darling Downs South West region is an area on the western slope of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland and covers an impressive 480,000km2 of land.

Toowoomba is the largest city in the region. Towns like Stanthorpe, Chinchilla, Dalby, Warwick, Kingaroy, Murgon, Oakey, Roma, Charleville and Goondiwindi are part of this diverse region, with lots of smaller towns branching off in all directions from these towns.

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Darling Downs Cluster Term 1 Networking Event

THURSDAY| February 15 2024
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come join us for an exhibition talk by Brodie Taylor from UniSQ about the current exhibition and how schools/teachers can connect with the Gallery.

Furari Flores (Stealing Flowers)

8 January – 16 February 2024

Artist: Cara-Ann Simpson

Furari Flores is a multisensory exhibition celebrating the wonder of plants. Incorporating sight, smell, hearing, and tactility, this project creates an immersive, sensory experience. Furari Flores grew out of Cara-Ann Simpson’s experience with extreme illness and a life-changing diagnosis. The Latin title translates to ‘stealing flowers’, which is a literal and metaphorical interpretation of the project and her story. It also references the continued use of a ‘dead’ language in medical and botanical taxonomies. This series is Simpson’s journey of living with disability, explored as a relationship with plants and places, and a rediscovery of identity. Broadly, this exhibit is an open conversation about connections through sensory immersion, active observation, and deep listening.


UniSQ B Block Gallery Ground floor of B Block, UniSQ, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Free parking near B block

For more information contact: Chrissy Dwyer [email protected]


View the First Nations Exhibitions @ Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery


Read about the meeting below.

WEDNESDAY 7 June 4:00-5:00pm



A chance to gather, network and share.


THURSDAY 9 FEB 4:00-5:30pm

The QATA Darling Downs cluster met at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (TRAG) to have a private curator talk by Jayson Althofer about the two fantastic exhibitions on show; Guns, spears & spectres (27 May – 20 August) and The Heartbeats of a Shell Necklace (27 May – 20 August). I contacted Tiffany Shafran, Coordinator Exhibitions and Public Programs,  after QATACON22 about our groups desire to connect with artworks in the collection that are local and can provide first nations perspectives which aligns to the new Australian Curriculum v9. Jayson was deeply knowledgeable and insightful about the history relating to Toowoomba’s (dark) past.  These exhibitions are excellent if you want to learn more about Toowoomba’s local history with First Nations people, particularly the representations of Meewah, as well as a national perspective, such as the repatriation of shell necklaces to Tasmania. Not to mention the notable works on show by Gordon Bennett, Brian Robinson and our own home grown Christian Thompson.

More information about the exhibitions:

Exhibition | Guns, Spears & Spectres
Exhibition | The Heartbeats of a Shell Necklace: First Nations Adornment (tr.qld.gov.au)

QATA members at TRAG term 2 2023

QATA members at TRAG term 2 2023

QATA members at TRAG term 2 2023

QATA members at TRAG term 2 2023

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