History of QWASI

Images below up to 1986 courtesy of Jan Jorgensen, thank you so much Jan. They are real treasures!

Announcement of QWASI’s First Exhibition in 1983

First Exhibition Official invitation and Jan Jorgensen in her studio


Second QWASI Exhibition 1984 and list of members exhibiting.

Jan Jorgensen and Janna Pameijer the founding members of QWASI 1984

Sally Elmer 1984

Article about Pine Rivers council Exhibition 1984

Jan and Janna, and Jan with Black-shouldered Kite on her head 1984

Jan Jorgensen and June Took from the Inala Conservation group

Janna Pameijer 1986 First Brisbane Wildlife Festival King George square


Program of the 1987 QWASI exhibition at Brisbane City Hall. Love the animals doing art drawing. Does anyone remember who designed this? Thanks to Geoff Thompson for this.

The following images have been given to us by Barry Ingham, QWASI President in 1990. Most newspaper articles don’t have dates so they might be out of order. Apologies if that is the case. Thank you Barry.

I found this photo of Len and Kath Shillam, early QWASI members and famous Sculptors, on the State Library website. https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/blog/sandgate-and-redcliffe-acknowledge-work-kathleen-and-leonard-shillam. Does anyone remember anything about this event?

Len and Kath Shillam at Lost World weekend with Queensland Wildlife Artists Society 1987



Images from here from 1994, 1995 and 1996 from Louise Saunders, thank you Louise.


QWASI Exhibition at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1994


“Birds of a Feather” Group of QWASI artists, 1995 exhibition. Top Row from left to right: Janna Pameijer, Kath Shillam, ?, Sally Elmer, ?                Bottom Row from left to right: Lila Watson, Marion Gould, Margaret Borain, Lynn Ellison. If anyone can fill in any of the question mark  names that would be wonderful. Please contact me through the info page.



QWASI 1995 exhibition

QWASI 1995 exhibition

October 1996 QWASI exhibition at the Qld Museum and QWASI exhibition at Mt Coot-tha 1996