Exhibition to Showcase Regional Artists

Above and below right: Some of the artworks from the My Home Your Home exhibition that will be on display at CQUniversity Emerald Campus' Gallery One in February. 

Central Queensland University will be celebrating the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in an upcoming art showcase at CQUniversity Emerald Campus' Gallery One.

The exhibition, which will feature works from the Woorabinda Art group, has been made possible through a collaboration with the CQRASN (Central Queensland Regional Art Services Network), engaging Woorabinda and central Queensland artists with skill development and exchange, exploring the power of the arts for communication and sharing cultural, historic and individual stories.

The dynamic duo responsible for curating the exhibition is Woorabinda Art project manager, CQRASN regional arts officer and artist Nikeema Williams, and artist and CQRASN regional arts officer Julie Barrett.

Professional development, mentoring and support was provided to local artists, working with Elders, community members and young people to create artistic works.

"The artists are aged from six to into their sixties and many had never painted before," Nikeema said.

"Half of the artworks are from the My Home Your Home exhibition - a project with Woorabinda State School, depicting what home is from a young person's perspective."

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Associate Professor Anita Milroy said she was excited the art showcase was coming to the Emerald Campus. 

"The artworks in this showcase are truly absorbing and will appeal to people of all ages and tastes," she said.

"I would encourage everyone to come and view the art while it is in Emerald." 

The showcase will be officially opened at CQUniversity Emerald's art gallery on February 11, at 4pm, following the Emerald graduation ceremony, and will remain on display there until the end of February.

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Koori Mail, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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