Saturday February 17th & Sunday February 18th 2024

Bloom at Bermingham – A Divine Art Experience

Brisbane artists Kate Quinn and Emily Day, and sensational Victorian still life painter, Anna Placidi, are hosting a divine art experience in regional Victoria in February 2024. You will enjoy a very special day of art, flowers, food and garden strolls at stunning Bermingham Farm.

Running on either Saturday the 17th or Sunday the 18th February, from 9am-5pm, you will learn how to paint a simple floral still life in a small group, in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Suitable for beginners, as well as those with some hobby painting experience, you will spend a day learning new artistic skills while chatting and laughing with new or old friends. To start the day, we will gather in the gorgeous rustic stables of the farm to commence our painting. At lunchtime we will enjoy a delicious catered lunch outdoors, made by the team at Kittelty’s catering, using locally sourced ingredients. After class, Bermingham Farm owner Gorgi Coghlan will give us a tour of her beautiful gardens.

Emily and Kate will spread the small class of maximum 16 students into ‘acrylics’ and ‘oils’ painting groups, and will provide creative guidance in a non-judgemental, kind and supportive way. If you book with friends we will make sure you are seated together, and if you are coming on your own (many people do), we will ensure you are seated next to a friendly group and get extra special care! Anna, our guest artist, will float between both groups, ensuring everyone gets to learn from her in-depth skills and knowledge on creating a beautiful floral still life.

Emily, Kate, Anna and Gorgi look forward to welcoming you to a unique day in the beautiful Ballarat region.

This Bloom Art Experience costs $540 per person for a full day, and includes all materials, morning tea, lunch, drinks during and after class, as well as a goody bag to take home. Bookings can be made for up to 6 people in one transaction. Credit Card and PayPal are accepted.

* A note about cancellations:  classes are fully refundable upon request up to 14 days prior to the date you have booked. This allows us to offer your place to another customer. Classes cancelled in the 14 days leading up to the event are not refundable, unless we are able to fill your spot with someone on a waiting list – and in this case we are more than happy to refund you.  If in the unlikely event the class needs to be cancelled due to host/artist illness or other unexpected event, we will fully refund participants.  

Book your spot for Bloom at Bermingham

Saturday February 17th & Sunday February 18th 2024

$540 (plus Eventbrite processing fee)

We do not refund tickets however you can transfer your ticket. Please notify us 2 weeks in advance by emailing at [email protected] with the workshop date and who you are transferring the ticket to including the person’s email and mobile. One transfer option is allowed and must be taken within 6mths of your first booking. If less than 48 hours transfer notice provided, there may be an additional fee incurred to cover venue/catering charges.

Emily Day

Hello! My name is Emily and I am a self-taught artist based in Brisbane, where I live with my husband, two year old daughter, newborn baby, and rescue dog. I currently work out of a light filled studio in our apartment block, in inner city Brisbane.

I predominantly use acrylics to paint floral scenes and still life arrangements. I find the whole process of completing a painting very meditative, from foraging florals and foliage, arranging them to form a lovely composition, mixing beautiful colours and slowly layering loose brushstrokes until I think a piece is done. I frequently draw back on my design skills (I studied architecture at uni) by stitching together photos, sketches and memories in my mind to design an arrangement.

My work can be found in regional galleries around Australia, but I also sell a lot of my work directly to the collector, because I love the story behind why someone connects with my paintings.

I love working alongside Kate to bring art workshops to various areas of Australia as we have a lot of fun, and it’s something different but complimentary to my daily art practice. Most of all, I really believe that everyone has the capacity to express their own unique creativity, and that is why I am thrilled to share the joy of painting through these workshops.

I really look forward to working with you!


Check out Emily’s work at www.studioemilydaycom or @e_milydaystudio


Kate Quinn

I’m Kate, I am an artist, social worker and mother of three teenagers, and I live in Brisbane. I recently left my part time social work position, to commence full time art practice from my tiny but abundant home studio.

I paint using oils, and I adore painting flowers, foliage, ceramics, vessels, textiles and fruit. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of painting still life compositions! My preferred colours to use are pink, blue and green, and they feature in some combination in almost all of my work.

I exhibit my art in regional and city galleries and stores all over Australia, and my art career breakthrough moment came from the regional town of Orange, NSW, when I won the ‘Jumbled Art Superstar’ competition a few years ago. In the last couple of years I held my first solo exhibition at Wild Canary gallery in Brisbane, had a solo exhibition at Jumbled, and an incredibly wonderful joint exhibition with Emily recently in Brisbane at Latrobe Art Space.

I regularly teach one on one art classes in my home studio as well as Bloom classes with Emily. I encourage students (and try to remind myself) to stop worrying about whether the painting is ‘good’, and to start focusing on the immense pleasures found of the process of creating it. I love finding flow and complete immersion in the process of painting, and enjoy showing art students how to find the same pleasure using brand new skills.

I can’t wait to collaborate with you!

Check out Kate’s work at or @katequinnart


Anna Placidi

My work takes on a celebration of still life and captured moments in time, of themes inspired by nature, plants and insects as well as reinterpreting intricate embroidered patterns, textiles and porcelain that I have sourced from Museums around the world and carefully combined with everyday objects and flowers from my own collection.

The use and application of colour creates vibrancy and the combination of objects, flowers, insects and patterns create a sense of joy and life in each piece. I approach each painting in the spirit of the moment, building layer upon layer, finding the perfect balance between form, content, tradition and abstraction. Light, colour, texture and my immediate surroundings are my constant source of inspiration.


Gorgi Coghlan

Gorgi, along with her husband Simon and daughter Molly-Rose, has always had a vision for their beautiful property Bermingham to help heal people in their personal well being journeys.  The Lunch and Learn series at The Stables is an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and take in the beautiful surrounds of more than ten years of passion and vision at Bermingham Farm.  Gorgi will be hosting the events and introducing you to the incredible team of professionals she has lined up for this unique experience.

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