Shifting Sands: Indigenous stories through art

Shifting Sands – South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2016 took place in April, offering a week-long, intensive immersion for Indigenous artists to explore their practice in a supported environment.

The program was developed by City of Gold Coast in partnership with The Arts Centre Gold Coast and the artists selected worked with and were mentored by internationally acclaimed artist, Brian Robinson.

Some of the resulting works will be showcased in an exhibition that runs until 18 September.

Gold Coast City Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery said the collaborative project provides opportunities for emerging artists to engage with eachother, gain experience, be mentored and spend time purely working on their art.

“Connection, support, enthusiasm and friendships are the meaningful qualities revealed in the work created,” Tracy said.

Lisa Sorbie Martin is one of this year’s exhibiting artists.

“There is something special about coming here,” she said of the camp. “Your soul, your spirit gets invigorated.”

“Experiencing the artist camp will catapult you into areas you might not have thought of – some doors close, but some open wide,” Lisa said.

The South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp aims to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists wanting to take the next step in their artistic practice.

Lisa has advice for artists in that position.

“If you’ve got stories and songs from your country, paint that,” she said. “But allow yourself to create in your own style and expression too.”

“We are so blessed to have the richness of our heritage as our foundation and as artisans, we can weave our life into the art we create.”

Shifting Sands – South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp exhibition runs at Gold Coast City Gallery from 30 July – 18 September and entry is free.

Featured artists include Claire Agale, Glenn Barry, Glennys Briggs, Sylvester Cook, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, John Graham, Libby Harward, Anthony Johnson, Lisa Sorbie Martin, Neville Torrisheba, Anthony Walker and Jai Darby Walker.

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Shifting Sands exhibition runs 30 July – 18 September

Art by Jai Walker

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