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The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea

The Arts Centre Gold Coast

About the Course

Drop into the Gold Coast City Gallery for free school holiday fun!

Join us from 3-7 April for interactive hands-on making activities where kids can explore the important relationship the Kaiadilt people share with the sea.

The workshops encourage kids to discover the creatures that inhabit the waters around Queensland’s Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, through making, drawing and multimedia activities.

Children can discover the Kayardild language and their own Kaiadilt totem animal, reflect on their knowledge of the sea in a drawing activity, create a sea creature collage, and make a digital humpy.

About the Gabori Sisters
Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori are Kaiadilt women who create vibrant artworks using watercolour, acrylic paint and brightly coloured felt wool. Inspired by Bentinck Island, their ancestral homeland in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, the sisters were first encouraged to paint by their mother, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015), one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

The title of the Gabori sisters’ program comes from the Kayardild phrase ‘ngurruwarrawaanda barrnyant’, which means ‘a big gathering at the stone fish trap’. The concept of ‘gathering’ is very important to the artists, and relates to bringing family members together, maintaining culture and traditions, as well as collecting food from the ocean.

Kids on Tour is offered as a free program to regional Queensland communities through the Gallery’s Regional Services department.

VENUE  The Art Lab

FROM  3 Apr 2017

TO  7 Apr 2017

TIME  Drop-in between 10am -3pm

COST  Free. Drop-in, no bookings required.


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