First Nations artists prepare for large local exhibition

Art by Luke Barrowcliffe.

By Abbey Cannan

After the success of last year’s First Nations Exhibition in Cooroy, the artists and audience have been wanting more and called for a larger scale exhibition.

Cooroy Butter factory Arts Centre is hosting another First Nations art exhibition throughout the whole gallery, offering a larger exhibition for emerging and established First Nations artists residing on Gubbi-Gubbi land culminating in a Gubbi-Gubbi celebration during NAIDOC week.

Alicia Sharples, Gallery Coordinator said, “There is such a diverse expression of arts and culture being shared with us, it is a valuable opportunity to connect and understand our First Nations culture coinciding with NAIDOC week from 8 to 15 November.“

“Thanks to Flying Arts and a Regional Arts Fund we have a real celebration of culture to share with our audience, with over 50 First Nation artists exhibiting, creating artist residencies and hosting masterclasses in our arts centre during the next eight weeks,“ she said.

Ambassadors Dr Jandamarra Cadd, and Uncle Paul Calcott are excited to take this project to the next level, all first nations artists residing on Gubbi Gubbi land were invited to enter and the result will be an exhibition with a diverse representation of the amazing talented first nations artists we have living on the coast.

The aim of this exhibition is “to give these artists a place and platform to share their work while offering an opportunity to show their artworks to a greater audience and gain more exposure. Also giving them a visual voice to share their creative expression, whether it be derived from their traditional stories or individual based pieces,“ Dr Jandamarra Cadd said.

This project is proudly supported by Queensland Regional Arts Fund with a community Project Grant.

The NAIDOC exhibition at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre opens on Friday 16 October. For more information visit

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