Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Pormpuraaw Artists Showcase

Hello Art Lovers.

Urban Paradise gallery is proud to showcase artists from Pormpuraaw.

Mylene Holdroyd
Elliot Koonutta
Side Bruce Shortjoe 
Eric Norman and many more Pormpuraaw artists are showcasing their work at Urban Paradise Gallery.

Pormpuraaw means entrance way to a house in Thaayorre language. It is a unique aboriginal community on the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Cape York Peninsula Queensland Australia.
It is a beautiful location near the beach and surrounded by wetlands filled with native birds. It is the traditional homeland of the Thaayorre people who are saltwater people. 

It is also the home of the Mungkan people from the north and inland. Mungkan people are freshwater people.
During the wet season the rivers rise up and there is no road access for 4 to 5 months. When this happens, Pormpuraaw becomes an island.  

It is a place where language and culture is strong. Many people speak 4 or more different indigenous languages. 

People know their history, stories and totems.
Pormpuraaw Artists work in painting, large-scale murals, print making, weaving and wood carving. 

One of their specialties is sculptures made from ghost nets.
Ghost nets are fishing nets illegally dumped in the ocean that wash up on our beaches. They kill the fishes and are terrible curse for the environment.

As you know Urban Paradise gallery is a not for Profit artists run initiative and we proud to put on this fund-raising exhibition and would like to convey you to attend.

Nullius in verba.

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