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, she 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.
As a result Bush Christmas was born and has achieved a degree of recognition and promotion never thought possible at its conception. It has gone a small step further in bridging the gap between city and country and has opened 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. Sharing the excitement with artisans when their talent is recognised at Bush Christmas, resulting in exposure and promotion at state and national levels, is one of the greatest rewards Bush Christmas can enjoy.
Last year’s exhibition was a tremendous success, with over 4,000 people attending and 15,000 works finding their way to Christmas trees all over the nation and overseas.