8 Mother’s Day gifts supporting local artists

Brenda Stone's Cheeseboards - available from Brenda's online store or through the Drill Hall Studio. IMAGE: Brenda Stone

Okay Townsville, you would have seen all the shopping centre signage, sat through cringe-worthy TV ads and listened to a bunch of super-corny radio competitions, so you should know: Mother’s Day is almost here.

Yes, it’s over-commercialised and yes, we’re sick of buying mum soap she never uses (geeze mum, take the hint and have a shower!). So here is your list of super-special ways to spoil the maternal figure in your life – and support locals at the same time!

Brenda Stone Cheeseboards
If you haven’t heard of Brenda Stone before, check out our full chat with her here! Not only does Brenda create some beautiful paintings and prints, but her contemporary artwork can also be found in kitchens across Townsville: her custom hand-painted Cheeseboards are works of art in their own right. If you purchase any of her Cheeseboard sets before Mother’s Day, you’ll also score mum a free jar of Stone and Lea handcrafted jam!

Nicole Cross’ self-titled EP
Nicole’s becoming a local household name these days, organising events as well as performing her own gigs across the city. Make sure your mum knows the who’s who of Townsville and treat her to a collection of relaxed, smooth and downright catchy music at the same time.

King Social backyard BBQ necessities
Not all mums are the same. Some like a quiet vino by the beach with soothing music in the background, while others would rather crack open a VB and throw back a few snags at a backyard barbie after flogging your dad at snooker. In those cases, your mum might prefer a King Social stubby cooler and the band’s Big Man EP. There’s no better time to catch up on King Social’s music, with their first full-length album just a few months away!

Tickets to the theatre
There are a lot of musicals being performed in Townsville before the end of the year and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that isn’t a local production! Bring It On! is presented by Kirwan State High School at the start of June, so mum won’t have to wait long after Mother’s Day to get to see her present. This production will be fun, exciting, and boasts one of the biggest casts of any musical in Townsville.

A colourful night of contemporary dance
First impressions when you hear of a show called Rainbow Vomit may not be the best – but believe us, it’s a show you won’t want to miss, and which you can see with mum just a few days after Mother’s Day! Created and directed by Dancenorth’s Kyle Page and Amber Haines, Rainbow Vomit  is a favourite for kids and adults alike.

Dresses by local Textile Collective designer, PipSilk IMAGE: Supplied

Fashion from designers at Textile Collective
Forget the daggy bathrobe and slippers and get mum into something a little more stylish. The emerging local designers at Textile Collective are bringing some seriously cool designs to our wardrobes and with everything from resort wear to corporate wear; they’ve got something to suit Mums of all kinds.

New arm candy from Llani Creative
Mum might not appreciate a new set of tyres for Mother’s Day, but we’re pretty sure she’ll love an old one! The incredible clutch purses and tote bags from Llani Creative are all one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces made right here in Townsville from old tyre tubes. Highly durable, environmentally conscious and locally made? Yes please!!

An original piece by a local artist
Forget the $12 wall-hanging from Kmart and treat Mum to a truly original piece from any one for our incredible local galleries (it’s not as exxy as you might assume). Umbrella Studio, Drill Hall Gallery, Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Arts, Gallery 48 and Kaylene Creighton Gallery are just a few of the local spots worth checking out. And the best part? You’re more than likely to get a unique story about your piece directly from the artist or curator.

There are so many talented locals that could help you gift your mum something special any day of the year. It only takes a quick walk into Townsville galleries or a five second Google to realise the high quality, amazing products produced on our doorstep, and which we’re sure your mum would appreciate a lot more than a Hallmark card!

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