Black Duck Gallery

Black Duck Gallery Artist in Residence program.

The Black Duck Gallery and Cottage is a stylish yet cosy space built by local craftsman John Burke.

The space will not only be available for holiday goers, it will also be home to the Black Duck Artist in Residence program.

With Mt Ninderry out one window and the Maroochy River out the other, Black Duck is a space to truly relax and get creative while connecting with the public, and putting on your very own solo exhibition in a professional gallery space. Expressions of interest will be taken for the Artist in Residency Progam

What is the Artist In Residence?

Our Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a series of 5 night residencies for artists to exhibit and sell artworks, promote themselves as an artist and connect with the public through events and workshops. During your stay in the cottage you will have full use of the Black Duck Cottage Gallery, the Black Duck Workshop and the beautiful surrounds to create work in. So you can make the most of your stay the Residency includes a marketing package and a catered opening event leaving you the time to focus on what you do best….getting creative.

This year we have 2 residencies on offer:

September 19th – 24th

October 10th – 15th

What you provide

As part of your residency you will host at least two events to engage with the public including an opening event which is included as part of the package. The Black Duck AIR operates as an open studio so you are required to be available and open to the public for at least 5 hours a day. In a nutshell: In participating in the residency program, not only are you promoting yourself as an artist, sharing your art and giving yourself the time to create, but by engaging with the public, you are helping to build a greater understanding of the artistic community and also inspiring others within their own practises. Truly an opportunity to create and engage with the community.


The cottage is fully self-contained with a kitchenette and shower, a large loft style bedroom with queen bed and a 4 x 6m gallery space downstairs, ready for hanging. The cottage itself is set on a popular through road leading towards the renowned Spirit House restaurant and the beautiful Mt Ninderry, a popular walking track for tourists and locals alike, and it is less than a couple of minutes drive to the thriving country town of Yandina.

Inclusions & Cost

Black Duck Artist Residency Mission

The Black Duck Artist Residency is designed with the purpose of creating a more accessible crossover between the artist and the viewer. Not only is the program in place to provide artists with the time and space to evolve their own practise, it is in the hope of creating a more engaging and understanding community of the creatives of our time. This program is a collaboration of space, time, minds and passion with the vision of giving the creative process back to the people. You are part of this process so please contact us with any questions, requests, suggestions or feedback at and don’t forget check out the cottage at

Who are we?

John and Malika Burke, owner of Wombat Sheds, creator of Burko’s Makers Space and owner of the beautiful property and cottage which is the Black Duck Gallery.

Jenna Howearth, owner of GIAP Art Visions, which aims to create events and exhibitions which promote arts and creativity within our community.
Look forward to hearing from you