Call­ing all Kuku Yalanji artists

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROVE - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

TRA­DI­TIONAL meets con­tem­po­rary at the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre’s Art Gallery, where lo­cal artists are able to dis­play their art­work and share depic­tions of their his­tory and cul­ture.

Ex­pe­ri­enced artist Pam Salt has been work­ing with the Gallery’s new art co­or­di­na­tor, and es­tab­lished artist, Tim El­lis, in a part­ner­ship to pro­vide guid­ance and sup­port for Moss­man Kuku Yalanji artists.

Mrs Salt, who i s also an em­ployee of the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre, has just re­leased a new line of var­i­ous prod­ucts, in­clud­ing teatow­els, silk scarves, tea cups, plates and more, with her orig­i­nal print on them called Dilly­bag.

‘‘I am very proud for my Dilly­bags; it was taught to me by one se­nior tra­di­tional cus­to­dian of this area, Wilma Walker,’’ she said.

‘‘I also have a but­ter­fly de­sign that de­picts sto­ries told to me by Judy Shuan. Judy’s lan­guage name is Wal­bul-Wal­bul (But­ter­fly) and that knowl­edge was passed down on to my daugh­ter. To have two tra­di­tional draw­ings on two prod­ucts. It’s very im­por­tant as it’s knowl­edge passed down from el­ders.

‘‘Know­ing the story be­hind the two de­signs, these prod­ucts are a big achieve­ment that ex­presses our cul­tural side. For me, the Dilly­bag art­work speaks 1000 words.’’

Art Co­or­di­na­tor Tim El­lis said they want to put the call out to all Moss- man Kuku Yalanji artists to get in contact with them to show­case all forms of art.

‘‘Be­ing an artist my­self, I think this is a great plat­form to show­case ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and we want to work with artists to make the best of the op­por­tu­nity here,’’ he said.

‘‘We don’t just want works to go on the wall, we want to show­case all creative in­di­vid­u­als and groups work­ing in all medi­ums in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, po­etry, sto­ries, sculp­ture, ce­ram­ics, paint­ing, jew­ellery and tex­tiles. If you are not fa­mil­iar with us, get in touch and we can work to­wards de­vel­op­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion, help sell their art­works and grow the rep­u­ta­tion of the artis­tic com­mu­nity here.’’.’’

Mr El­lis said the of­fer ex­tends to Yalanji artists who might not be liv­ing in the area any­more.

‘‘Some peo­ple travel to find their in­spi­ra­tion, if this is their coun­try then this is an op­por­tu­nity for us to rep­re­sent them,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to show the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties that we are ca­pa­ble and we have a lot of his­tory here, Yalanji peo­ple are unique to the rain­for­est and the art com­ing out is very dif­fer­ent to tra­di­tional art from desert land – it’s rel­e­vant to Yalanji peo­ple: The rain­for­est, wet sea­son and na­ture.’’

If any Moss­man Kuku Yalanji peo­ple would like to get in­volved, ex­hibit their work or find out how to sell their art­work at the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre, they are wel­come to have a chat with Pam Salt and Tim El­lis.

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