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Woorabinda artists to be showcased at Emerald campus exhibition

Published:14 January 2020

Woorabinda Art project manager, CQ RASN regional arts officer and artist Nikeema Williams, CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Associate Professor Anita Milroy, and artist and CQ RASN regional arts officer Julie Barratt are preparing for an upcoming art showcase at CQUniversity Emerald Campus’ ‘Gallery One’.

CQUniversity will be celebrating the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in an upcoming art showcase at CQUniversity Emerald Campus’ ‘Gallery One’.

The showcase will feature works from the Woorabinda Art group, and the exhibition has been made possible through a collaboration with the CQRASN (Central Queensland Regional Art Services Network) engaging Woorabinda and CQ artists with skill development and exchange and explores the power of the arts for communication and sharing cultural, historic and individual stories.

The dynamic duo responsible for curating the exhibition include Woorabinda Art project manager, CQ RASN Regional Arts Officer and artist Nikeema Williams, and artist and CQ RASN Regional Arts Officer Julie Barratt said professional development, mentoring and support had been provided to local artists, working with Elders, community members and young people to create artistic works.

“The artists are aged from six to into their sixties and many had never painted before,” they said.

“Half of the artworks are from the ‘My Home Your Home’ exhibition – a project with Woorabinda State School, depicting what home is from a young person’s perspective.”

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Associate Professor Anita Milroy said she was excited the art showcase was coming to the Emerald Campus.

“The artworks in this showcase are truly absorbing and will appeal to people of all ages and tastes,” Assoc Prof Milroy said.

“I would encourage everyone to come and view the art while it is in Emerald.”

The showcase will be officially opened at CQUniversity Emerald’s Art Gallery on February 11, at 4pm, following the Emerald Graduation Ceremony and will remain on display there until the end of February.