The Black Cockatoo Gallery

About the Black Cockatoo Gallery

The Black Cockatoo Gallery is more than just an art gallery, it is an experience with an environmental message. The exhibited work is inspirational, passionate and educational, highlighting different styles and mediums. The Gallery has art for sale, art for collectors, and art lessons for people who want to learn: about art and our environment.

Having been inspired by the majestic beauty and the unique eco–system of the Bloomfield region, Ross hand built his fine art gallery and tea house within twenty–five lush acres of the Bloomfield paradise.

Situated on the Bloomfield Track, just north of Wujal Wujal, the gallery displays works from local artists who hold a passion for the environment, in addition to a permanent exhibition of the artworks by painter and gallery owner, Ross Franzi.

Careful planning of the gallery environment and the introduction of native vegetation and water to the property has encouraged endemic wildlife to return to the property and thrive. The garden recently won first prize as Best Native Garden in Cook Shire. A huge variety of native birds, frogs, lizards, wallabies, and rare and endangered animals are regular visitors to the gallery grounds. Now the area is a wildlife refuge to help sick and injured animals.

Gallery patrons are encouraged to stay and refresh while enjoying the surrounding bushland and meet some of the wildlife guests. The gallery deck overlooks the property and is perfect for coffee or tea and a snack while you relax.

How the Name Originated

When Ross Franzi purchased the property, a large amount of the area was cleared but where the gallery is situated stands three large bloodwood trees which remained. In these trees were hundreds of black cockatoos gathered, males and females. ‘What a sight’, hence the name. These birds tend to come back every year, just like the Gallery's guests.

“Art with a difference”

With an emphasis on promoting local artists who have a passion for the environment, the Black Cockatoo Gallery is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading art destinations in the North Queensland region.

The gallery’s collection continues to develop with recent works including captivating recycled metal sculptures from Africa, which helps not just the environment but wildlife too. Come and see us to find out how.

Art Classes

Black Cockatoo Gallery hosts a range of art classes with Ross Franzi and workshops throughout the year. For more information see our art classes page page.