Cultural honours gallery

The Queanbeyan City Council Cultural Honours Gallery is a project to honour the most notable Queanbeyan people, both past and present, who have made a significant contribution to culture and the arts, at the local, regional, national or international level. Nominations were invited from members of Council’s Cultural Development Council and Public Art Advisory Panel. The gallery, which will be a permanent display in the foyer of The Q, includes 20 prominent authors, artists, entertainers, musicians and poets from the region.

The establishment of the gallery is one of the many projects initiated in celebration of Queanbeyan’s 175th anniversary in 2013.

 Dimity Azoury Dimity Azoury  Ballet Dancer  Born in Queanbeyan. Graduated from the Australian Ballet School as Dux of School in 2005, and joined the Australian Ballet in 2008. Was a Tanya Brooks Dance Academy Nominee in 2012. In 2013 move from Corps de Ballet to become one of only 13 Coryphee dancers 
 Alex Asch Alex Asch Artist and Sculptor Lives and works in Queanbeyan. Alex's work is represented in collections including Artbank, the ACT Legislative Assembly and Canberra Museum and Gallery as well as corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and the Netherlands. He has held exhibitions in Canberra, Sydney and USA.
 Annette Blair Annette Blair Glass Artist Annette Blair studied glass at the ANU School of Art, and graduated with Honours in 2004. In 2005, she began a two-year traineeship in the hot glass studio at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide. Annette’s work has been shown at various national and international glass exhibitions. Annette currently has a studio in Queanbeyan, and now works for herself as an exhibiting artist and production glassblower.
 Miles Franklin Miles Franklin Author Born in Talbingo and grew up at Brindabella Station, which was then part of the Queanbeyan jurisdiction. Best known for her book My Brilliant Career, published in 1901. She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature through supporting other writers, and through the establishment of the Miles Franklin Award.
 Margaret Hadfield Margaret Hadfield Painter Lived and worked as an artist in Queanbeyan from 1996 until 2012. Established the Artists Shed with fellow artist Dennis Mortimer in 2004, which provided gallery spaces and support to local artists . Winner of the inaugural Gallipoli Art Prize in 2006, and finalist in 2008 to 2012.
 Johannes Kuhnen Johannes Kuhnen Gold and Siversmithing Lived in Queanbeyan since 1984. Head of Gold and Silversmithing at ANU. Established the renowned Workshop Bilk which was based in Queanbeyan until 2010.
 Matthew Curtis Matthew Curtis Glass Artist Lives and works in Queanbeyan. International reputation as a Glass Artist with numerous works held at the National Gallery of Australia. He also has glass works in galleries in the USA and Germany and in the private collection of Elton John.
 George Lazenby George Lazenby, 1939- Actor Moved to Queanbeyan when 14 years old. In 1964 was the highest paid male model in the world. Most famous for his role as James Bond in the film ‘On her Majesty’s Secret Service’ in 1969. Has starred and appeared in over 40 film and TV roles and has become a pop culture icon
 Hau Latukefu Hau Latukefu Rap Artist
Born in Canberra, he grew up in Queanbeyan as part of a prominent Tongan-Australian family known for music and rugby. Is a pioneer of the Hip Hop scene in Australia, and a member of ‘Koolism,’ one of the most respected groups in this country. Hosts a national weekly Hip Hop radio show on ABC radio’s JJJ.
 Michael Martin Michael Martin Tenor and Opera Singer Michael sang as a boy soprano in performances with the Canberra Opera and Opera Australia. Winner of the Bond Family Scholarship for Tenors in 1987, the Sydney Morning Herald Aria Competition in 1988, and the Canberra National Aria in 1989. Since then he performed many roles with Opera Australia and with other opera companies and orchestras around Australia.
 Omar Musa Omar Musa Poet
Resident of Queanbeyan from age 3. Has built a national and international reputation as a Hip Hop artist, winning numerous Poetry Slam awards. Has performed extensively in Asia, the Pacific and Europe , and appeared on Australian TV. Published his first book of poetry ‘Parang’ in 2013 and has signed with Penguin Australia for a novel set in Queanbeyan.
 Tommy Murphy Tommy Murphy Playwright  Born and raised in Queanbeyan. Began his playwriting career at the age of 15. Youngest even recipient of the NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2006 for Best Play, which he won again in 2007. Recipient of a Centenary Medal and the British Council Realise Your Dream Award. Honorary Associate conferred by the Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney. His play Saturn's Return was commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company co-artistic directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett for STC's Wharf 2 season 2008. Holding the Man opened in London’s West End for a season in 2010. Gwen in Purgatory, was co-produced by Belvoir (Theatre Company) and La Boite Theatre in 2010.
 Harriet Schwarzrock Harriet Schwarzrock Glass Artist Lives and works in Queanbeyan. National and International reputation as a Glass Artist with numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
 Norma and Trevor Roach Norma Roach and
Trevor Roach
Queanbeyan Players Founding members of the Queanbeyan Players in 1970s and have continued to be major contributors to the performing arts in Queanbeyan until the present day. Involved in all aspects of the Queanbeyan Players including management, director and performer and costume design for many productions. In 2002 Norma received the Kate Peters award for outstanding contributions to theatre and was awarded Centenary Medal in 2001 and OAM in 2009. Founding members of the Queanbeyan Historical Museum and lobbied tirelessly for the construction of The Q Theatre. 
 Kirstie Rea Kirstie Rea Glass Artist Lives in Queanbeyan and is a significant figure in Australian and international glass art Has had solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and her work is included in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the National Gallery of Australia; and in Munich, Germany.
Kirstie was a staff member of the Glass Workshop, ANU 1987 and 2003, and was the inaugural Creative Director at the Canberra Glassworks. In 2009 Kirstie was awarded the Auglass Honorary Life Membership Award.
 Neil Roberts Neil Roberts Artist and Sculptor Queanbeyan resident from 1983 until his death in 2002. Winner of the inaugural ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for Visual Arts in 1995 and The Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship in 2000. Works held in National Gallery of Australia. Has numerous public art commissions in Canberra and in Melbourne.
 Michael Smith Michael Smith Actor Former Queanbeyan High student, Michael has appeared in well-known popular Australian TV series such as Neighbours, Winners & Losers and All Saints. He is also building a career in theatre and will be appearing in an upcoming show at The Q in October 2013.
 Ben Snow Ben Snow Animation Ben has achieved international success working in 3D film animation on such major films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbour, Iron Man and Star Wars. He has been nominated for 4 Oscars and is currently working on a major film production of Noah, the biblical story of the flood, starring Russell Crowe.
 The Stephens family Bill, Pat and Tim Stephens Cabaret The Stephens family established and operated the School of Arts Cafe from 1986 until 2000. During this time almost every major cabaret artist working in Australia performed at the Cafe, attracting audiences from around the region and further afield. It became one of the most famous cabaret venues in Australia and put Queanbeyan on the performing arts map. Since 2000, Bill Stephens has continued to organise cabaret performances at various venues around Canberra and produced and directed the Chief Minister’s Free Seniors Concerts with the RMC Band, as part of Seniors Week and from 2006 to 2008.
Hiro Swen  Hiroe Swen Ceramic Artist Has lived and worked in Queanbeyan since 1970. Is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists. Lectured at ANU from 1981 to 1998 and made a Visiting Fellow on her retirement. Her work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, in State and Regional galleries, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. Designed the Kimono public artwork in Queanbeyan’s Sister Park. Hiroe will have a solo exhibition as part of the Canberra Centenary celebrations