The Keeper Project is a live public art project where artists work in a temporary role as observer, collector, maker and storyteller within a community.

The Keepers are archaeologists of stories.

There will be ten Coolum based artists and creative practitioners working on The Keeper project over six months. The artists come from a range of practices including visual arts, music, spoken word and inter-disciplinary practice.


One at a time each of the artists takes the role of The Keeper - the observer, the explorer, the maker before passing the role on to the next.


Each artist takes the role of The Keeper for three weeks. During this time they have chosen to repeat a ritual or practice that will occur in a certain location, at a certain time. The community of people around them are likely to be different. 


The Keepers will be keeping a log of their journey like any good explorer. You can read their account on the website or visit their office at Coolum Library. You can also follow the keepers on Instagram @creativespaces.sc

The project was developed in collaboration with Field Theory and piloted in Coolum in November 2019 with four Sunshine Coast based artists and a number of community groups.

The Keeper Project 2021 takes place in Coolum from July 2021 and will run until February 2022. We will be doing a public call out for future keepers in August, so if you think you might be a keeper keep an eye out.

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This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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