Aquatic Line art
Aquatic Line art
Aquatic Line art
Blurred Aquatic Line art
Blurred Aquatic Line art
Blurred Aquatic Line art
Painterly brush stroked Jabu Birriny (land and sea)

Edna Ambrym, Mayi Bugaam - Land (detail digitally altered), 2017.

 Two plate colour etching. Courtesy of Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct

Jabu Birriny (land + sea)

Contemporary stories by Yarrabah artists

Jabu Birriny, meaning ‘land’ and ‘sea’, celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people.

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kuril dhagun, level 1
State Library of Queensland

Co-curated with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct, a branch of theYarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) teaser, 2017

Interviews with Yarrabah Artists

Interview with Philomena Yeatman
Interview with Edna Ambrym
Interview with Ruben Ambrym
Interview with Valmai Pollard
Interview with Elverina Johnson
Interview with Darrell Harris

Jabu Birriny (land + sea)

Pronounced: Jah-boo Bir-rin-ee

line drawing of Aquatic scene with crabs, clams and coral

Edna Ambrym Mayi Bugaam - Sea, 2017

Two plate colour etching Courtesy of Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct

Jabu Birriny, meaning ‘land’ and ‘sea’, celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people.

Located on the shore of Cape Grafton in Far North Queensland, Yarrabah is the traditional Country of the Gunggandji people. It is a dynamic Aboriginal community surrounded by tropical native bushland and mountain ranges united by sandy coastlines and coral reefs.

Jabu Birriny brings together stories rich in lineal, past and recent histories through vibrant prints, intricately woven vessels and textured ceramics that embody the land and sea. The exhibition has been co-curated with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct, a branch of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

Yarrabah Art Centre artists and independent artist Elverina Johnson are renowned for their production of distinctive contemporary work in the mediums of ceramic, textile, fibre, print and painting. Each artist has their own unique approach to their art making which celebrates the community’s cultural identity of the land and sea and continues the cultural practices and stories unique to the area.

History

In 1892, the location of Yarrabah was established as the Bellenden-Ker Mission by Reverend John Brown Gribble, and it was later named Yarrabah Mission. In the following years, early state administrators forcibly relocated Aboriginal people and some South Sea Islanders from many different groups and areas across Queensland to Yarrabah. Today, many in the community claim historical or traditional ownership to the area.

Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct was established in 2002 and comprises of the Art Centre and the Menmuny Museum. The Art Centre is a hub for community members to come together, create in diverse art forms and undertake cultural activities. The space supports skills development in order to increase opportunities towards employment and self-determination.

Yarrabah Art Centre has extensively exhibited in local, state and national exhibitions and artists are represented in public and private collections. The artists have also produced commissioned works and public art in the Yarrabah Community, including video projections on the Cairns City Library building for Cairns Festival 2017.

Yarrabah Artists

Portrait photo of

Philomena Yeatman, 2017

Image: Elverina Johnson

Portrait photo of

Michelle Yeatman

Image: Yarrabah Arts

Portrait photo of

Valmai Pollard, 2017

Image: Elverina Johnson

Portrait photo of

Edna Ambrym, 2017

Image: Elverina Johnson

Portrait photo of

Ruben Ambrym, 2017

Image: Elverina Johnson

Portrait photo of

Elverina Johnson, 2017

Image: Elverina Johnson

Learning

Representation of kids activities

Activities For Kids

This activity booklet has educational yet fun activities that relate to the Jabu Birriny exhibition to learn about Yarrabah, art, culture and lifestyle.

Designed for 6 - 12 yrs

Representation of a list of fact and links

Resources to Learn More

This Resource list contains details of SLQ collection items relating to Yarrabah.

Designed for 13yrs +

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