Meet the artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in Far North Queensland and make your own Mindi!
Dr Valerie Boll, co-curator of Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering exhibition will be your guide and talk about the artists and exhibition development. Valerie will answer questions relating to the history and development of these beautiful and creative works.
A delicious morning tea plus a hands-on weaving workshop with the artists featured in the Manggan exhibition will follow the curator’s talk.
A Mindi is a traditional grass basket historically used to carry message sticks. In this three-hour workshop you will be introduced to traditional weaving ideas and techniques unique to the Far North Queensland area. You will be able to create your own Mindi from plastic coated electricity wires to take home.
The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation represents nine tribal groups in Far North Queensland – the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people. This area extends roughly south from El Arish to Rollingstone, south west to the Clarke River, North to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.
Girramay Elder and cultural adviser Claude Beeron has had a long-standing relationship with the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre and is an important supporter of community projects. Deeply knowledgeable about his country, Claude’s advice and guidance were integral to the success of the exhibition, ensuring that respect and attention to protocols were central to the project.
Doris Kinjun is a Gulnay Elder of the Tully River area. She is a language speaker, a storyteller and a well-known and respected weaver specialising in traditional forms and styles including the Jawun, Burrajingal, Mindi and Gundala. These are made from either lawyer cane or local grasses and were used to carry food, tools and babies, catching fish and processing food. Doris’s practice has evolved to include pottery, textiles and painting.
Nephi Denham is a Girramay Traditional Owner of the North Murray Area and is a speaker of language and currently lives in Jumbun, north-west of Cardwell. Nephi is one of the emerging artists from the Girringun area and has a sophisticated grasp of form and line. His work reflects his Aboriginal heritage, traditional stories and the environment in which he lives. He loves to work with his hands and continues to develop his creative practice.
Dr Valerie Boll
Dr Valerie Boll is an Anthropologist who has a long-term professional relationship with the South Australia Museum and has worked with the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre on a volunteer basis for the past eight years.