The Living Arts Centre is located in the outback township of Blackall, Central West Queensland.

The Blackall Cultural Association is the organisation that is responsible for the management of the Living Arts Centre along with facilitating local workshops and 5 day rural cultural retreats. We engage a professional tutor to teach up to 10 students for 5 days in the chosen art form, while also sharing the many and varied attractions and characters we have in our local area.

Along with facilitating workshops and retreats, we welcome arts, cultural, educational and special interest groups to utilise the facilities we have on offer. Within the Living Arts Centre building we have air-conditioned accommodation for up to 18 people with 2 workrooms for hire. These include a large screen TV, white screen for use with a projector, whiteboards and tables and seating for 50.

Upcoming Retreats

Lyn Diefenback

‘Out There’ Retreat

With Oil Pastel

12th-16th October, 2022

Craig Penny

‘Out There’ Retreat

Acrylics & Watercolour

17th-21st August 2022


 Chan Dissanayake

‘Out There’ Retreat

Watercolour Painting 

7th – 11th September 2022


I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Blackall Living Arts Centre Colley Whisson 5 day Retreat. It was a huge learning experience but was relaxed and engaging. The accommodation was perfect and the catering was amazing. I will definitely return for another Retreat.

Kimble Thomas




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