Sue Tilley is the proprietor of the Drill Hall Studio. An artist too, Sue’s work
usually focuses on the environment, and the impact humans have on it. She does use
a diverse range of techniques and media, but is particularly passionate about sculpture
from welded vintage steel objects, and glass. She often adds a touch of humour and
a sense of movement, into her work. When not working in her workshop at the Drill
Hall, she is often working on community projects across regional Queensland. Her
public artworks can be found in Townsville, Magnetic Island, Paluma, Charters Towers,
Airlie Beach, Julia Creek, McKinlay, Nelia, Ravenswood and soon in Richmond and Hughenden.
Meet our resident artists ...
One of the most exciting things about the Drill Hall Studio, is that we have a team
of talented and friendly resident artistson roster in the gallery. While not assisting
our visitors, they will be busily creating more beautiful art! We currently have
a vacancy for a resident artist - if you think you’d enjoy immersing yourself in
art, contact us!
This year our resident artists are ...
Cath Meharryworked as an art teacher for 40 years. When she retired, she was head
of art at St Margaret Mary’s College in Townsville. Cath is a master in mixed media
work, infusing her work with life and texture through the use of collage, paint ,
drawing and layering. She continues to enjoy sharing her skills through art classes
and workshops, but now with the luxury of having the time to pursue her own work.
She can often be seen working at the Drill Hall - either in the attic studio, or
the sculpture garden.
Cath prefers to capture small "cameos" or "details" of her surroundings, instead
of the "Big" picture - the close up details of the beauty of forest floor litter
or lush tropical flowers and folliage, or colourful seed pods. Cath works at The
Drill hall on Thursdays.
Sylvia Hewitt gained her Diploma in visual art in 2007 after 4 (long) years of
part time work and part time at Barrier Reef TAFE. Sylvia has since had seven solo
exhibitions and has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Townsville, Brisbane,
Melbourne and London in Printmaking, Painting, and Pastels. Sylvia has won awards
in various Art shows over the last 10 years.
Recently she started the very first North Queensland Pastel group. Sylvia now passes
on her skills to those who have desire to learn a new skill by tutoring in beginners
art classes and workshops. Sylvia loves to experiment and is competent in a wide
range of media and techniques. Monday is Sylvia’s day at The Drill Hall Studio.
Annette Sibson is a talented fibre and textile artist, and is a dab hand with a
Annette has a special interest in natural dyeing - using materials from the environment
to dye natural textiles. Annette often incorporates these hand dyed fabrics into
beautifully crafted garments. She also works wonders with vintage laces and embellishments,
to create stunning one-of-a-kind fashion garments.
A member of Fibres and Fabrics, Annette is also a keen blogger with a great following.
When not immersed in her artwork she spends time with her family enjoying fishing,
anything to do with the sea, photography, collecting old Australian pottery, cryptic
crosswords, reading, and walking. Annette spends Tuesdays at The Drill Hall.
Brenda Stone is an emerging contemporary artist – designing and creating custom
pieces for corporate and residential clients. The last six years have seen the talented
artist completing over a hundred pieces, specialising in commissioned abstract art
for a very diverse clientele. Her explosive and electric artwork has brought new
life and light to an incredible range of settings. Brenda’s unique artwork is
the remarkable combination of space, design, art and desire – meeting the needs of
her clients in the creation of custom artworks for specific purposes and contexts.
Unique and eye-catching, Brenda’s artwork is both a fine addition to any space and
a sound investment in an emerging artist’s body of work. Brenda’s rostered days
are Thursday and Saturday mornings.
Kathy Cornwallwas brought up in Fiji and in New Zealand, and studied a bachelor of Visual Arts and James Cook University. Kathy paints predominately in oils - producing stunning and thoughtful portraits and landscapes in particular, although her talents are diverse. In fact she is also a talented singer, performing locally.
Kathy is at the Drill Hall Studio on alternate weekends, fitting work around her gorgeous young daughter. Kathy teaches painting to adults and teens during her rostered weekends.
Angela Leck studied a degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration in the UK and began her art career as a Children’s book Illustrator in New Zealand. Side-stepping to work in an English Porcelain company she learned the traditional skills of hand-painting china and transitioned her fine and detailed work onto porcelain producing a range of exquisite vases, bowls, plates and giftware. Her preferred subjects are birds, wildlife and botanical in both mediums of china-painting and watercolour and she also produces designs and artwork for craft fabrics. When not painting Angela enjoys being active and is a competitive runner as well as cycling and swimming. Angela works at The Drill Hall on Friday mornings and Saturday afternoons.
Lizzy Christie Emerging Artist, Lizzy Christie is our newest resdient artist. Lizzy, of indigenous heritage is a primary school teacher who had her first solo exhibition at The Drill Hall Studio in 2016. The exhibition was a massive success so Lizzy has decided to further journey as an artist while exploring her family’s heritage thourgh her art. Lizzy’s style incorporates traditional dot techniques and contemporary Western methods. Lizzy and her husband Nick are proud parents to two beautiful little daughters. Lizzy will be at the studio on Sundays.