Salt Water Murris-Quandamooka (SWMQ Inc.) is an Indigenous contemporary visual arts and crafts centre situated on Quandamooka Country at Dunwich, Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island. The name reflects the fact that the Quandamooka people are identified as the People of the Sand and Seas and, throughout July, their stories will be told on the mainland. ‘Quandamooka – People of the Sand and Seas’ will be on exhibit at White Canvas Gallery from 5 – 31 July 2012.
The Salt Water Murris artists are some of the Quandamooka story tellers of today and this exhibition offers a diverse and inspiring display of Traditional and contemporary Indigenous artworks. The exhibition will feature approximately 30 paintings by Belinda Close, Lee-Anne Close, Elisa Carmichael, Caszuo Conlon, Robyn Gray, Martin Karklis, Craig Tapp (Tappy), and Joshua Walker. These are artists who have attracted collectors from all over the world.
Though SWMQ Inc. Art Gallery has participated in Cairns Indigenous Art Fair for three years and has exhib- ited widely in the Moreton Bay region including Redland City Art Gallery, it has not exhibited in Brisbane for six years and the timing is now for ‘Quandamooka – People of the Sand and Seas’.
‘Quandamooka – People of the Sand and Seas’ is to be opened by Aunty Joan Hendriks at 7pm on Friday, 6 July 2012. A Traditional story teller will also be welcoming guests on the night.