About Lines in the Sand

 Click Lines in the Sand 2012 booklet

Click Lines in the Sand 2012 booklet

Lines in the Sand; connecting artists, environment and community across the islands and waters of Moreton Bay, the Quandamooka. Experience ephemeral art, performance, film, creative workshops, nature conservation and education.


2011 was a year of great change for North Stradbroke Island with state government announcements about native title determinations, national parks, campgrounds and the phasing out of sand mining. Also the year of our genesis, Lines in the Sand North Stradbroke Island Ltd.  The Festivals of 2011-2014 aimed to bring people together using the arts.


Lines in the Sand embraces locals and visitors, nature and art lovers, families, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal art and culture. We value bringing people together sharing respect for the islands and its peoples and work collaboratively with many to include; artists, culture workers, island businesses, entities such as Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, Healthy Waterways and Reef Check Australia.

Since its inception, Lines in the Sand Arts Festival has been an island community celebration, a showcase for local and regional artists, an agent for the revival of traditional crafts, a catalyst to explore and reach new ideas: an inclusive message of love for the environment.


We have successfully brought different people together to include Islanders, visitors, artists, scientists, families, young and the old. Festivals 2011-2014 promoted respect for the island's environment, peoples and culture. It has provided creative employment opportunities for locals. 

Some memorable highlights have been the first night-time projection into South Gorge; animating Mooloomba Reserve with light and soundscapes; screenings, forums and exhibitions at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum; bringing the Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC production of Stradbroke Dreamtime to the island; Nature Art Workshops at the Point Lookout Hall; the island Short Film Premieres of Cameron Costello’s The Hunter, Quandamooka Dreaming stories by artist Sandra Delaney, The Salt Maiden produced by Beverley Callow, and also Something Amazing.

In 2012 we published a 40-page publication, Culture+Country / Art+Ecology, and now in 2014 we have curated the Convolution also Stone, Water and Living Earth exhibitions at the Regional Arts Gallery, Cleveland.

All who have joined us be that artists, volunteers, community people, local businesses or funding bodies have helped to co-create events embedded in a rich ecology of ideas and collaborations, aligning themselves with moments of imagining, beauty and inspiration.


Social, economic and political changes affect culture and landscape. These dynamic forces are constantly evolving and in the true spirit of ephemerality, we change. In 2015 we offered a year round program of Nature Art Actions and Nature Art Connect in 2016 - both part of the new Quandamooka Festival

Canaipa Mud-lines extends the art in environment program to the Southern Moreton Bay island region. Canaipa island (also known as Russell Island) is the starting point for a traversal of this region through art in the environment interventions.

Small Islands is an active blog and archive and captures location specific details of NSI (North Stradbroke) and SMBI (Southern Moreton Bay Islands) relevant for the making of art; it is a dynamic feed of articles, videos, audio files, quotes, galleries and links; ‘chronological’ in its content 2016 to the current day. 

This website is an archive of Lines in the Sand Art Festivals and environmental art projects and research from across the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay).