Studio Agnes’ ‘Foot Steps and Foot Prints’ cultural history project

Agnes Water, Town of 1770, cultural history, showcasing the artsStudio Agnes has commenced work

The ‘Foot Steps and Foot Prints’ cultural history project, focussing on the Discovery Coast,  is a living project. Progress and updates can be viewed @ Professional and amateur artists are being contacted to share their creativity and stories from the Discovery Coast, Queensland. Jennifer Ryan, the project manager, explains the ‘why‘ question that she is often asked.

“The Foot Steps and Foot Prints  projects overall aim is to reflect the culture of the area by showcasing the talents of locals, and to create a sense of ownership of the artistic community.”

Do the arts matter to individual Australians, and how do they impact our communities?

This question was on Jennifer’s mind as she grappled with building an on-line local history record ( … and with the wisdom of starting with The Arts. One of the first blog posts asked how essential artists were to communities. You can read the article here.

Real research and’google’ reading informed her thinking, and Sheena Boughen‘s Four Winds story had an impact on the final decision. Perhaps now is the right time for this project. The Australia Council research results were posted on the Arts Hub news page, in an article written by Brooke Boland. It includes a graphic providing a breakdown of the 98% of Australians who engage with The Arts.

Community Identity

The twin towns of Agnes Water and 1770, and near by National Parks and recreation areas are well known as a unique tourist destination. If Studio Agnes, and the FootSteps and FootPrints project can reveal the sometimes hidden cultural identity of the area, through historical references, revealing of current and past artworks, and acknowledging human treasures, then tourists and locals will both benefit.

This Agnes Water Adventures – through time project delves into the people, the places behind the community of the Discovery Coast, and is a long term project. The FOOTSTEPS and FOOTPRINTS  collectable card project is a short term, celebration scheduled to run during the Qld. September school holidays.

FOOT STEPS and FOOT PRINTS creative people places australia
Cultural History, Collectable Card Project
QLD, Agnes Water
SEP 16 – OCT 2 2017

1770 Adventures of the People Kind

Drawing from the generosity of past and present, professional and amateur, artists, and many local residents, the content of 1770adventures … of the people kind, will cover many decades, and tell fascinating stories of artists, musicians, performers and writers of The Discovery Coast, highlighting the impact that cultural materials have in the lives of our learning environments, and our daily lives.

Collectable Cards without an owner

We still have some  cards not allocated to an artist. So, we‘re looking here and there and uncovering some names. 

You can help. Use our form (very short and quick to fill out) to tell us who you think WE JUST HAVE TO INCLUDE. We’ll do the rest.  OR tell us on Facebook.

Our Thanks go to Many, including

RADF Arts Council Qld

The Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


Roll Call for 1770 Agnes Water creatives


Roll Call


  • : Leah Jett Chynoweth-Tidy
  • : Marie Green
  • : Marci Russo
  • : Kairen Kerrw
  • : Denise Wild
  • : Kent Barton
  • : Bob Gammage
  • : Scott Bankia


  • :Tamara Sladojevic
  • :Tobias Clemaine


  • : Helen Fay Hanson
  • : Jennifer M Ryan
Jennifer M Ryan, acrylic on board


“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Roll Call

  • : Leah Jett Chynoweth-Tidy
  • : Gary ‘Brighto’ Brighton
  • :  Jack Blandford
  • :Neal aka MOJO
  • : Maurie Nicholson
  • : Freya, the drummer
  • : Don Growcott
  • : Terri Hartung
singers, writers and performers Studio Agnes


Roll Call

  • : Meraki
Australian native birds perform for the crowd


Roll Call

  • : Russell Guy
  • : Lynda Taylor

1770 Adventures

jennifer m ryan, artist

Artists are an essential part of living communities? Yes/No?

combining music and outdoor art

Eventually we’ll have guest artist bloggers sharing their passions, and their stories. If you’d like to submit an article, contact us, we’ll send you more info.

Today, a simple, but not simplistic question.

Does society need the arts and artists?
Read these three different opinions.

What colour do you see as you read ‘nonsense’?

Is there a hierarchy that shows the skill level/quality and importance of the different fields? How can you compare digital art and acrylic painting?

OK, there’s a few questions here. We grappled with them, and then chose Q1 as the topic for this post.

“Ephemera. It’s all just ephemera. There’s so much of it – most of it doesn’t register – ostensibly, they’re distractions for the few by the many.” A statement by someone who prefers to remain anonymous. Studio Agnes artist blogger on the job

“Labels abound so assumptions and decisions can seem like truths. You’re in. It’s out. ” An almost direct from someone I met many years ago.

Last one, it’s a goodie

“Mess and chaos are acceptable, but only trained artists know how to do it right.” Unknown artist, I wrote it down in my diary but forgot to add the details.

What do others say?

If you add 1 Phil Hansen, 1  Alan de Button, and 1 TED Talk  to your surfing pleasure you’ll find some interesting ideas, comments and challenges.  Most Probably!

For Phil Hansen click here : What is Art

For Alan de Button click here : What is art for? Alain de Botton’s animated guide | Art and design

For a TED Talk click here : Why Art is Important

And for one last YouTube link we have “Why Art Matters” Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)

Where do you sit? Share your thoughts.

Send us the link to your YouTube channel or video.

Write some performance poetry to explain your ideas.

Or, sing us a song!

We’re looking for information about artists

Not any artist mind you. The artists we are looking for must have a link – current or past; direct or indirect – link to the Discovery Coast area of Queensland, Australia. The area covers Agnes Water, 1770, Town of Seventeen Seventy, Captain Creek, Round Hill, Baffle Creek, Deepwater and any areas in between.

Have some info? Click here, complete a short questionnaire and we’ll add those names to our database. After, they are verified of course.

Or, are you just an interested visitor? Check out our beginnings here.


Obstacles to Overcome but I’m Up for It

I am not wrong, but I can’t do it alone.

Some may remember a few years ago, Robert and I were trying to set-up a small art gallery in town. That didn’t work out – we just couldn’t get all our ducks to line up!

We’ve had other ideas, and even got to the planning stage in some, but …

Perhaps the time is finally right.

What I Want to do

Celebrate … Share … Record … the people and artwork of the Discovery Coast  region so others can feel and relish the beauty, the odd, the unique, the ethereal and the mundane of  our place.

The Big Picture

1. research artists who have, or still do, live in the Discovery Coast region of Queensland; that area linked to James Cook and Joseph Bank’s landing place – more often now, known as The Birthplace of Queensland.

2. involve the community in gathering and celebrating the artistic nature of  the region.

3. Awareness Project: collect, collate, and share on Social Media, on the web and around town the stories and images discovered.

Some Small Steps

Stage 1 Step 1 : COLLECT

Hence the survey asking for your help to uncover artistsFill in our SurveyIt is short (8 questions) and simple to complete. Your help will
make a huge difference to the project.

Start the Survey Here.