Bush Christmas started in 1996 when a group of women in Western Queensland saw talent lying unnoticed in rural and remote areas.
Before moving to the Darling Downs, Bush Christmas Organiser, Liz McClymont lived in Western Queensland for 22 years.
During that time, Liz was a member of 'Outback Creations' in Cunnamulla where local artisans sold their works. Encouraged by the success of 'Outback Creations', it became obvious that rural artisans needed another opportunity to showcase the talent from the bush that is not often seen away from its origin.
When we started Bush Christmas we could never have imagined how it would grow! We hope it continues to bridge the gap between city and country and open many doors to a greater understanding and interest in the bush and its people.
Success at Bush Christmas has encouraged artisans to develop skills, thus enabling them to build confidence in their artistic and creative ability.
"I really enjoy sharing the excitement with artisans when their talent is recognised at Bush Christmas", says Liz.
"They receive exposure and promotion at state and national levels, and it's one of the best things about Bush Christmas."
Last year’s exhibition was a tremendous success, with over 6,230 people attending and thousands of works finding their way under Christmas trees all over the nation and overseas.