Homegrown: the forgotten coast

introducing our 2023 homegrown artists.

This year’s Homegrown theme was the Forgotten Coast. We were after projects that re-imagined, or re-activated, spaces forgotten. So, we travelled deep within the coast’s nooks and crannies — we poked around abandoned buildings, dilapidated shop fronts, and overgrown train tunnels, until we landed on these three projects.

— The Blak Laundry by Dominique Chen & Libby Harward

Labyrinth by Chloe Keating & Melissa Lanham 

Where to From Here by Nicole Voevodin-Cash & Teddy Horton

We would like to thank all the artists who applied this year — it was a very long shortlist.  

The Blak Laundry by Dominique Chen & Libby Harward

The Blak Laundry is a functional coin operated laundromat — and exhibition space — for conversation, collaboration and celebration of all things blak. 

Activated by Libby Harward and Dominique Chen, the concept is simple: bring your dirty linen, pop it on a warm wash, and engage in critical conversation whilst it cleans.

In The Blak Laundry, everything comes out in the wash. 

Labyrinth by LJ projects 

Labyrinth is a dance theatre work choreographed by Chloe Keating and performed in three bookshops on the Sunshine Coast. The story unfolds within three chapters taking you on a journey of the region.

Where to From Here by Nicole Voevodin-Cash & Teddy Horton

Where To From Here is a photographic survey of the artisans that make up the industrial estate of Kunda Park. Shining a light on the unseen and unknown artworks created by these manufacturers.

Horizon Festival will return from 25 August – 3 September 2023.

Our full program is dropping next month.

All aboard. Buckle up.

We’re heading for the horizon, soon


These Homegrown projects have been supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in the region, and Sunshine Coast Council’s Arts & Heritage Levy. 

Image credits: Kyle Dobie.