CALL of the Running Tide Environmental Sculpture and Multimedia Art festival (CRT) is a beautifully curated event and an invitation by artists to engage meaningfully with the unique ecosystems from Rainforest to Reef in the Far North. The sculptural and Multimedia works will also inform viewers of current local and global environmental threats.

CRT continues the region’s significant history of environmental activism. It engages local communities and visitors and aims to build and encourage environmental awareness. In addition, the Call of the Running Tide inspires and challenges viewers to contemplate how they can make a difference through art.

CRT 2021 will be bigger and better than the previous event in 2019. Thirty-eight interstate, regional and local artists have created multiple sculptures and multimedia works displayed in Rex Smeal Park, on the Flagstaff Hill walk, at the Northern end of Four Mile Beach and in Port Douglas Community Hall and grounds.

The Garden of Plastic workshops and installation for 7-12-year-old children is a key CRT event. Funded by the Mossman Rotary Club and supervised by two enthusiastic, experienced artists, parents can drop their children for the workshops between 10 am-2 pm each day of the Festival at the Mossman Shire Hall. Discarded and washed up bottle tops will be attached to wooden panels on a large Hall floor area. Selected panels from this installation will be used to create a mural at the new Paws and Claws facility in Craiglie. Students from Port Douglas Primary school have also created artwork panels, and these will be on display at the Port Douglas Community Hall.

Call of the Running Tide is auspiced by Port Douglas Artists Inc. Major sponsors and supporters are primarily Douglas Shire Council, Arts Queensland and the federal government through Regional Arts Fund. Other essential sponsors include NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Gambling Community Benefit Fund Queensland Government, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Initiative, Great Barrier Reef Legacy, Douglas Shire Sustainability Group, Mossman Rotary Club, Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty, Queensland, James Cook University, Central Queensland University, and Mossman Hardware.

The environmental sculpture will be installed along the Flagstaff Hill walk, at the Northern end of Four Mile Beach, within Rex Smeal Park, and around the Port Douglas Community Centre. Multimedia works will also be projected at Rex Smeal Park. In addition, smaller sculptures, installations, and multimedia art will be displayed in the Port Douglas Community Centre. The Garden of Plastic event is at the Mossman Shire Hall between 10 am and 2 pm every day of the Festival.

Forty invited environmental artists and emerging, and local professional artists will create and install environmental artwork in Port Douglas. Festival curator Jill Chism is an experienced and nationally recognised Artist, supporting artists to produce quality artworks with thematic consistency. Port Douglas Artists members and Rosey Cummings, the Coordinator of CRT, Anna Curtis, Chrissie McLaughlin, Ross Cummings, Tim Ellis, and Stephanie Milne are assisting with the Festival.

Organisers anticipate 5,000 local and regional Queenslanders to attend the festival, with interstate visitors limited due to current border restrictions around the country.

Call of the Running Tide is supported by Star Resorts, which offers a significant discount of up to 30% on three or more nights bookings. If guests use the promo code TIDE when making a booking either on the CRT websites (see below) or via our Guest Services Team at each property.

Hibiscus Resort & Spa
Mowbray Street
Tel: 07 4099 5315

Club Tropical Resort
Macrossan Street
Tel: 07 4099 5885

Beachfront Terraces
Tel: 07 4099 5397


Grand Opening: 6 pm Friday 17 September, Port Douglas Community Centre. Free event with a Cash bar

CRT Art Festival: 18th – 27th September 2021

Locations: Port Douglas: Port Douglas Community Centre and surrounds (10 am-5 pm daily), Rex Smeal Park, Flagstaff Hill walk (all hours), Garden of Plastic at Mossman Shire Hall (10 am-2 pm daily)