Woorabinda artists to be showcased at Emerald campus exhibition
Published:14 January 2020
Woorabinda Art project manager, CQ RASN regional arts officer and artist Nikeema Williams, CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Associate Professor Anita Milroy, and artist and CQ RASN regional arts officer Julie Barratt are preparing for an upcoming art showcase at CQUniversity Emerald Campus’ ‘Gallery One’.
CQUniversity will be celebrating the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in an upcoming art showcase at CQUniversity Emerald Campus’ ‘Gallery One’.
The showcase exhibition which has been made possible through a collaboration with the Central Queensland Regional Art Services Network (CQ RASN), will feature works from the Woorabinda Art group.
The CQ RASN has been engaging Woorabinda and CQ artists with skills development to explore the power of the arts for communication and sharing cultural, historic and individual stories. CQ RASN Regional Arts Officer and artist Nikeema Williams, and artist and CQ RASN Regional Arts Officer Julie Barratt said professional development, mentoring and support had been 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,” they 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,” Assoc Prof Milroy 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.