North Stradbroke Island comes alive with colour and creativity for the Minjerribah Arts Trail
North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is well known as an oasis for sun-soaked summer adventures with surfing, whale watching and snorkeling luring in mainlanders on the weekends. Along with its natural beauty, North Straddie also boasts a rich history and culture, which has been carefully preserved by the traditional custodians of the land, the Quandamooka People, who have cared for Minjerribah for more than 20,000 years. So you can experience some of the island’s rich arts and cultural traditions, members of the vibrant local arts community are swinging open their doors and inviting visitors to their private studios, workshops and galleries as part of the Minjerribah Arts Trail from Friday September 18 to Monday October 5. Now, all you have to do is book a ferry ticket.
North Stradbroke Island has long been a destination for Indigenous and non-Indigenous arts and culture and The Minjerribah Arts Trail will help showcase more than 20 visual artists, weavers, ceramicists, jewellers, printmakers, photographers and sculptors who call the island home. The event will be held across the island’s three beautiful villages – Gumpi (Dunwich), Pulan (Amity Point) and Mulumba (Point Lookout). Over three consecutive weekends, you’ll be able to meet the artists and makers, gain an insight into their inspirations and practices, take part in workshops and stroll through the different galleries and studios.
Artists involved in the trail include fibre artist, singer-songwriter and terrestrial ecologist Paula Boo, ceramist Mandy Roe, painter Alan “Macka” McKinnon, photographers Angie Simms and Stuart Quinn, and visual artist Shara Delaney. The trail will also take you to meet painter, author and community language (Jandai) consultant Dr Sandra Delaney, visual artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and chef and creator Kieron Anderson. Some of these artists will be holding special workshops where you can learn new skills and techniques that will help you to make pieces like woven earrings, woven bracelets, coil baskets, watercolour paintings and much more. There will also be a very special edition of the Point Lookout Community Markets on every Sunday throughout the three weeks with local artists and makers selling their wares.
To check out the full artist line-up and for further information, head to the Minjerribah Arts Trail website.