Pastel in Kingsclliff + Australian Pastel Expo with Liz Haywood-Sullivan

This is for the PASTEL LOVERS! 

4 Days at the 1st ever Australian Pastel Expo followed by an exclusive week with highly sought after USA artist and teacher LIZ HAYWOOD-SULLIVAN. 8 lucky students will enjoy our luxury 6 bed-room beachside house in Kingscliff NSW for a week of mentoring, and teaching with Liz. The lucky 8 will not only get discounted rates to the expo, but first choice of all of the workshops, demos and paint-outs on offer and access to the Pastel Trade Show (known as the 'Lolly Shop'). This is your chance to move your pastel to the next level or simply enjoy immersing yourself in this incredible medium. In addition to your workshop time each day with Liz, you can enjoy beach walks before breakfast or as the sun sets, a trip out to the spectacular Tweed Regional Art Gallery (optional plein-air) as well as dinners out together as a group to sample why the Tweed has become one of hottest foodie destinations in Australia. Don't miss out - only 8 spots available for this exclusive opportunity - This will be Liz's only workshop in Australia outside of the Expo.

If you love working with pastel, then you do not want to miss this incredible chance to join Australia's 1st ever Pastel Expo and an exclusive opportunity to spend the week afterwards with Liz Haywood Sullivan (USA artist). Please note that you must attend and pay for BOTH the Expo & the Workshop with Liz in Kingscliff.


We will pick you up at the end of the Expo and transport you to our luxury beachside accommodation in Kingscliff, where you can take full advantage of the beautiful surrounds between workshop times. During the day, we will learn from Liz, and at night we will head out on the town to enjoy the local restaurants and sites. We have squeezed in a day at The Tweed Regional Art Gallery with an option for plein-air too. This workshop is designed to give you a full 5 days of workshop time (the other 2 are travel days) as 1 of only 8 students. Come and see why Artable has become the leader in art retreats and workshops.


This is the Australian Pastel event of the year!

A fun-filled 4-Day Expo at Caloundra Events Centre (Sunshine Coast) including pastel workshops, demonstrations, lectures, trade stalls, paint-outs, plein air sessions, Master Pastellist exhibition, and so much more, will be on offer all under one roof. Given, you are spending a week with Liz in workshop after the Expo, you will need to choose other workshops not run by Liz.

This includes a choice of the following to fill participant's 4 days at the Expo:

  • up to 2 days of workshops
  • Plein air sessions.
  • unlimited number of demonstrations. (only limited by your time - 3 running per day, you are welcome to join Liz's demo)
  • Trade show discounts, and give-aways.
  • Master Pastellist Exhibition on display
  • Extra curricular activities of: Paint around, Q&A Sessions, critiques.
  • Morning Tea and lunch included every day.
  • Accommodation discounts. 

  • You need to keep in mind that your choice of workshops is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. When you book with Artable, we have the first option for Expo workshops, but we cannot guarantee places. Luckily for you, there are a number of workshop options with a variety of teachers over the 4 days.

    You can choose your own accommodation on the Sunshine Coast - some may wish to stay with friends, others in hotels. The Pastel Expo has a deal with 2 accommodation providers and rates vary from $125-$285 per night.

    The cost of the Expo for our 8 students workshopping afterwards with Liz is $600pp saving you $150 (it is NOT included in the $2995 fee) and includes 2 Workshops, 4 Demos, Paint-outs and more.

    We are happy to pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the Expo if you need it. We can also transfer you each day to the Expo from your accommodation (as long as it is in Caloundra). 


    1. You book via the Artable website paying your $500 Deposit to secure your spot at both the EXPO & Kingscliff WORKSHOP.

    2. Artable will contact you to fill in a form to request your Expo workshop preferences & to discuss Expo accommodation (we will help you where needed).

    3. Artable will send you an invoice that includes:

    i. The cost of the Expo - $600 

    ii. The cost of the Kingscliff Workshop - $2995 (early bird pricing for bookings before 15 February)

    iii. The cost of any accommodation you need Artable to arrange for the Expo

    4. You come to the Expo and have a great 4 days!

    5. Artable picks you up at the end of the Expo and transports you to beautiful Kingscliff (or you can drive down yourself).

    6. You get a day to enjoy the beach, unpack, do washing and/or relax before our workshop commences the following day.

    7. We return you to the Gold Coast Airport for flights or transfers home.

    Please note that there is an option to join us at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the final day to introduce Liz to some Aussie wildlife. We didn't include this as some of you will just want to focus on the art and then head home. Tickets are $49.50pp.

    This trip ticks it all...white sandy secluded beach at your front doorstep, world renowned artist to teach you, Australia's 1st pastel expo - what are you waiting for? Who wouldn't want to experience a painting holiday where all of your needs are catered to and that is specifically for PASTELLISTS!.

    This workshop is different to our other workshops in that the focus is purely on the art. Whether you are working in the home studio, painting en plein-air in the magical hinterland or beaches, or chatting to Liz about how to get to that next step with your art practice, you will not want to miss this. No expensive flights and long hours on the plane to try and see Liz in the USA - we have brought her to you.

    We look forward to sharing this very special place with you and our unique part of Australia, please don't hesitate to reach out with any further questions and get ready to tick Australia off your bucket list!



    EXPO: 13-16 September

    KINGSCLIFF WORKSHOP: 16-23 September 


    EXPO: Choose your own.

    KINGSCLIFF WORKSHOP: At the Ocean's Retreat in Cabarita and walking distance to the beach and shops. There are stairs on the property so please contact us direct if you have an issue with this so we can make arrangements for which room we place you in. 


    Expo - $600 plus accommodation (choose your own, we can help you with this)

    Kingscliff Workshop - $2995


    A continental breakfast is provided each morning as well as lunches. There will be 2 home-cooked dinners in Kingscliff and the others are pay as you go in restaurants $35-$60AUD.


    The climate at this time of year is painting perfect. You can expect weather around 68-78F. It will be slightly cooler at night - this is our spring time in Australia.


    Pack painting clothes, sturdy walking shoes as well as something nicer to wear out to dinners. A good waterproof/windproof jacket is great for when the weather turns cooler. Bring swimming gear too.


    The closest airport to the Expo at the start is BRISBANE. The closest airport to Kingscliff at the conclusion is GOLD COAST. We can pick you up from Brisbane airport and transport you to the Expo each day if you need it. We will also transfer you to Kingscliff at the conclusion of the Expo and to the Gold Coast airport on our final day together.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is highly recommended and is to be organised by you. You can get cancellation cover attached to your insurance in the event that you need to cancel inside our refund dates.

    Art Sessions

    We will be painting as a group for 3-4 hours a day once a day. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy.


    Flights are not included and are to be organised by you. 


    A deposit is to be made via our website to secure your spot. This deposit is in AUD. 

    This trip relies heavily on group numbers and we are contracted to our accommodation partners as well. Therefore it is necessary to charge a cancellation fee as outlined below in the event that you decide to cancel. If we decide to cancel the trip at any time we will issue you with a FULL refund. We are not responsible for expenses incurred in the preparation of trips (even cancelled trips), such as airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or health problems. There is no refund if you arrive late or decide to leave early. Deposits secure your place. Cancellation Cover with your Travel Insurance provider is highly recommended.

    PLEASE NOTE: If for any reason, Artable cancels the Kingscliff workshop, your registration with the PSA Expo still stands and you will be subject to the terms & conditions of the Expo.


    Cancellation fees are determined accordingly:
    Your $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. 

    60-90 Days before Workshop - 50% of workshop cost

    60 Days and under - No refunds

    Please note that your $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. We are contracted to the Expo and our accommodation provider. Please make sure that you take out cancellation cover with your travel insurance in case you need to pull out for any reason.

    Payment Details

    Your FULL PAYMENT is due for both Expo & workshop on 1 May 2018.

    Payments are to be made to:

    Australian Dollar payments

    Gillian Buttress-Grove trading as Artable

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    BSB: 062 643

    ACC: 1006 5044

    Please use your surname as reference and the letters HAY. For example Smith HAY

    American Dollar Payments are to be made to:

    Gillian Buttress-Grove trading as Artable

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia


    BSB No: 062-643

    ACC No: 10068747

    In the notes section please write “USD – Do not convert to AUD”

    Please use your surname as reference and the letters HAY. For example Smith HAY.

    You will need to bring your art supplies with you. Liz will be in contact around your supplies.

    Please note our itinerary is a guide only and is subject to changes to accommodate the group and teacher's needs as well as weather considerations. Have a look at our inclusions for a list of what is and isn't included. 

    Itinerary What's Included

    To book, email your enquiry using the button below or phone Gillian on 0411 317 606.

    $2995 $500 deposit required

    Meet the Teach

    Liz Haywood-Sullivan

    Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational landscape artist painting in the pastel medium. Her award-winning paintings are defined by strong contrasts and color, dramatic lighting, and graphic compositions, which often feature the interplay between man and the environment. 

    In 1996, she left the design world to follow her passion for fine art and since then has worked as a professional artist, art educator, and arts advocate. Liz became the Third President of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 2013. She is currently working on her third IAPS Biennial Convention and the twelfth IAPS Juried Exhibition during her tenure. She also is the IAPS representative…


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