Indigenous Art Exhibition at Ceramic Break Sculpture Park

June 10, 2011

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is chuffed to be hosting an exhibition by the Euraba Artists and Paper-makers from Boggabilla opening on Sunday, June 12th, 12-5pm. 

This has become an annual tradition at Ceramic Break having an indigenous art exhibition the day after the Myall Creek Memorial Day at Myall Station. 

“After the Floods” really doesn’t have much to do with the recent aberrant weather up north, but more of a sigh of relief of still being in business and creating after their town was under water!

Euraba Artists and Papermakers embrace the healing nature of art for the local community and all those who appreciate fine art.  They use 100% cotton off cuts from local clothing industry to produce cotton rag pulp for their paper. They have taken traditional European paper-making methods and made them their own with their contemporary indigenous sensibilities.  Euraba Artists and Papermakers is owned and operated by Goomeroi people of Toomelah and Boggabilla.

After the Floods features large acrylic paintings on thick cotton handmade paper.  The pictures are of traditional indigenous animals and motifs.  There are also some smaller framed acrylic paintings again on the beautiful Euraba paper.

In addition to the Euraba artists, local paper maker Yvonne Ledingham will have a display of her coloured hand made papers.  Yvonne began making paper with a mail-order kit in 1977.  Later an uncle designed and built a Hollander Beater which could break down boiled and softened paddock burrs and even old clothes to create long-lasting acid-free paper. 

During the ‘80s and 90s, Yvonne gave papermaking demonstrations/workshops from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria and has sold thousands of sheets of paper for wedding invitations and stationary and photo album covers for 3 decades.

The Euraba artists have been represented in major exhibitions including Art Melbourne and Art Sydney.  The participating artists are: Thelma Bartman, Leonie Binge, Lola Binge, Aunty Joy Duncan, Aunty May Hinch and Michael Troutman.  All works sold include a Certificate of Authenticity.  Don’t miss it! 

The opening is Sunday, June 12, 12-5pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.  Entry is by gold coin donation and everyone is welcome.  The exhibition runs through July during regular hours: Thurs-Sun 10-5pm and by appointment.  For more information call Ceramic Break Sculpture Park on 6729 4147.