The annual Quilpie Golf Open Weekend was held again this year on Saturday 31st August and was a huge hit. Coming on board as a Major Sponsor, Skytrans donated a return flight from Quilpie to Brisbane for two people. This prize was won by Raymond Hartley.
Golf Club President Al McNall (pictured 3rd from the left) and the Quilpie Golf Club Committee very much appreciate the generous donation and assistance given by Skytrans.
The month of August saw the Wik and Kugu Art Centre represented at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
With the help of Skytrans, 3 artists and the Art Centre manager, Dev Lengjel spent 4 days in Cairns to visit the fair.
Joel Ngallametta, a song man from Aurukun, who show cased his work at the Canopy Art Space Cairns, performed with his troupe at the CIAF opening at his own show at Canopy Art Space.
The art centre showcased five artists; Leigh Namponan, Garry Namponan, David Mapoondin, Roderick Yunkaporta, Nathan Ampeybegan and Alair Pembegan.
Aurukun had a very strong presentation in Cairns. As part of the Kinship exhibition, Aurukun featured Big Fella Little Fella by Alair and Nathan and the sculptures by the Namponan Brothers.
The artists witnessed a number of events held in Cairns during this time. They also met up with the new gallery owner, Suzanne O’Connell of Brisbane. Suzanne is very eager to have a show with the artists in 2014.
In all this was a very important trip for the artists. Once again they got a feeling how much their art is appreciated. We were also remined of the importance of presentation of their culture in every major city. During our talks the artists expressed their wishes to share their knowledge with the young ones at home so they may have a better future.
Mavis Ngallametta won the General Painting Award at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum And Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin on the 9th of August.
It is one of 77 selected Art Works – narrowed down from 230 entries – that demonstrate the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the wide diversity of its expression thorough Australia. The “Telstra Award” is a premier National Art and Cultural event that celebrates the considerable contribution of the Australian Indigenous Artists to the Nation.
Mavis attended the opening ceremony of the Award and received the Telstra General Painting Award recognising the extraordinary talent of this Aurukun woman.
It is prestigious recognition of her commitment to develop her own Creative talent but also of the significance of her Culture and of the Culture of the WiK and Kugu people. Aurukun Artists have been well known for the vibrancy of their carvings – Craig Koomeeta also won a Telstra Award, the 3 D Award in 2001 – but now Aurukun Artists are also recognized for their paintings.
Born in the coastal country of the Kugu people around the Kendall River south of Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula, Mavis Ngallametta (nee Marbunt) is a senior Elder of the Putch clan. Despite growing up in the harsh reality of the Aurukun mission dormitory, Mavis managed to maintain close links with her family and was taught traditional weaving and basketry skills using cabbage palm and pandanus by her elders. Developing as a strong culture woman, Mavis first became acknowledged for her weaving mastery and renowned for her dramatic use of natural colours and asymmetrical creations. Many of these woven works have entered both public and private collections. In 2004 Mavis was granted the Community Arts Achievement award for her contribution to the Aurukun school and community, specifically for her role in teaching the children traditional crafts and facilitating weaving workshops.
In 2008, while working at the Wik and Kugu Arts and Craft Centre in Aurukun, Mavis was introduced to painting by Georgina Allain. Without preconceived ideas, and through her own experimental visual expression, Mavis started to translate her weaving and creative expertise onto canvas. Inspired by her deep knowledge of country, Mavis depicts in her works the complex maze of spectacular river systems, wetlands and coastlines of the Western Cape. Fluent in her own traditional languages, she manages through her art to communicate her understanding of country, reaching across cultures to an ever-wider national and international audience.
Using traditional clays and ochres, Mavis captures the intensity of her community life and country in a unique and vibrant style that marries abstraction with elements of figuration. On first glance seemingly abstract, Mavis’s paintings are in fact both physical and emotional maps of her country. Often referencing cultural knowledge, Ngallametta has developed a painterly voice that joins an ancestral past with the present, stretching boundaries and blurring the distinction between abstraction, art brut, landscape art and story-telling.
The chairperson of the Wik and Kugu Art and Craft Centre from 2008 to 2012, Mavis has now branched out as an individual artist in an effort to further her career and professional development with the assistance and mentorship of Georgina and Guy Allain. Mavis Ngallametta is represented exclusively by Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney.
Mavis’ Award acknowledges the excellence of her practice as well as the vitality and strength of a unique Culture. Something that reflect not only her practice but from which all Aurukun people can be proud of.
The Telstra Award exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory closes 10th November 2013. It can also be viewed on line http://natsiaa30.nt.gov.au/
Mavis Ngallametta travels to Darwin to attend the “30th Telstra Award” was supported by the assistance and contribution from Skytrans.
Art work copyrights to Mavis Ngallametta and photos and text to Gina & Guy Allain.
The Back to Camooweal Reunion was a historical event, as it is the first time it had been held. This event aimed to reunite the past and present residents to celebrate the rich droving and indigenous cultural history of the township and aknowledge their contribution in moulding and creating the community Camooweal is today.
With a Friday Night Dance, BBQ Meet & Greet & a Fishing Competition there was over 200 people who attended this 3 day event. We were lucky to have Carl Webb (ex Bronco player) attend the Friday night dance where he chatted with the locals and visitors. We wanted to recreate the atmosphere and vibe of the close knit Camooweal Community from the old days as well as share stories and photo’s of that timeline.
26 Businesses & Community Groups, including Skytrans, provided In kind Support towards this event. The support from Skytrans was greatly appreciated and without their support we would not of been able to meet associated costs for this reunion. All Fundraising proceeds will be distributed to the Camooweal Community.
Overall the BTC Reunion was reported to be very successful, receivING a lot of positive feedback from the local and wider Community.
The bi-annual Burke Shire Arts and Craft show was a massive success proving that the community of Burketown are extremely creative and have very deep pockets.
There were plenty of entries in all of the categories with cooking, horticulture, needlework, painting, drawing and photography proving popular favourites.
Kylie Camp from Floraville Station took out the Grand Champion prize in the cooking category for her chocolate cake entry. Doug Jones from Burketown took out the Horticulture prize for his sunflower entry. Vi Booth won the needle craft category with her intricate stitched tapestry. The grand champion in the painting and drawing section was Larissa Lauder from Gregory, with her painting of The Mount Clere Cliffs, which also won the people’s choice award and stirred up the bidders in the auction raising over $2500 for Charity. Larissa won a $50 voucher for Art de Joux. Local resident and event organiser Madison Marshall won the grand champion prize for her black and white photo of the cemetery taking home the $200 Frame World prize. Local kids Ryan and Anna Bunyan from Gregory Downs Station entered into the Veggie Art Category with Ryan taking home the kids horticulture kit for his creative entry depicting a race track. Anna won first prize for her poetry entry.
There were heaps of great prizes up for grabs that were donated by local businesses in Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Burke Shire, including Frame World Mt Isa, Brodie Hardware, Cloncurry Pharmacy, Isa Creative Fabrics, K-Mart, Bunnings, Art Du Joux, The Irish Club, Whims and Wishes, Buffs Club and many more.
The entries were judged by a panel of local art and craft aficionados including, Ian and Kerre Taylor who work at Savannah Lodge and the Bakery, Fred Aqvilin from Melbourne, Cr. Tracey Forshaw, Nicole Ogilvie from Brisbane, Tess Arnold from Gregory Downs, Cheryl Clark from The Burketown Pub, Joey Campbell the principal from Burketown State School and Di Phillips the matron from the Burketown Hospital. All of the judges had a hard time picking the winners from each category as the quality of entries across the boards were of a very high calibre. Local Mayor Ernie Camp announced the winners at the presentation.
Vi booth won the Skytrans lucky door prize and was happy to collect the return flights. Over $6000 was raised for the Flying Doctors and the Burketown Kindergarten on Saturday at the Arts and Craft Show auction with locals digging deep for charity.
Local Business woman Amanda Wilkinson from Savannah Lodge had her eye on the Noel Henderson painting – which was a strong piece resulting in the auctioneers hammer coming down once the bid hit $1300.
Another local resident who wishes to remain anonymous took home a painting by Gregory resident Larissa Lauder for $2500. The auction was held by Burketown Councillor Zach Duff, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy, encouraging them to dig deep.
All in all, the event was well attended and was a major success – the residents of Burketown show that while they may be small in numbers – they are certainly big of heart.
On Saturday 3rd of August, the Department of Education, Training and Employment hosted the Far North Queensland Training Awards at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns. These awards recognise outstanding achievement in the Vocational, Education and Training sector. The FNQ region encompasses from Cardwell north, including NPA and the Torres Straits. Skytrans generously donated air travel for two nominees to attend the awards, and represent their communities in front of an audience of more than 250 people. Both nominees did themselves proud and enjoyed the carnivale themed evening.
Normanton father of 8, Simeon Makie, was represented in 2 categories on the night, being a finalist in the Vocational Student of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the year after completing a Certificate IV in Justice Studies.
Yuriko Ah Boo from Bamaga, recently completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and was a finalist in the Trainee of the year category.
This trip was to attend the opening of Aurukun Art at the Gabrielle Pizzy Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne Victoria.
Whilst in Melbourne Garry and Dev visited the NGV and the Ian Potter gallery. During this visit they saw one of Garry’s earliest work. Meeting the Curator for indigenous art also delivered a memorandum of understanding that the NGV will look at any culturally significant works for inclusion into their collection.
At the Pizzy Gallery we needed to deal with some challenges that carving in the tropics brings. Lucky to have a master artist to take care of these issues.
This was a very important trip for the art centre as it gave the manager an insight into the industry close up and the artist a feeling of what the fine art market is like.To visit the NGV was a very important visit as future collaborations are envisioned.
Thank you Skytrans for making this possible. Funding has been slashed in the art sector and without corporate sponsorship such as your’s we would not be able to undertake such valuable trips that support culture and community.
You can follow the link at; www.gabriellepizzi.com.au/exhibitions/gallery_gabrielle_pizzi_aurukun13.html
Recalling previous encounters of generosity in supporting people living with a disability Local Area Coordinator with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Colleen McRae instinctively contacted Medical and Mobility upon receiving advice of a damaged mobility device utilised by a resident of Lockhart River. Medical and Mobility kindly donated a pre-loved wheelie walker as a replacement in response to Colleen’s enquiry.
Working in an unfunded capacity Ms McRae contemplated the difficulty in transporting the mobility aid to Lockhart River. Thankfully, Skytrans air services demonstrated their strong commitment to supporting remote communities and to people living with a disability, offering to transport the walker to Lockhart River free of charge.
Lockhart River Health Clinic staff collected the mobility aid upon arrival at Lockhart airport, delivering it to its grateful recipient. A great collaborative effort by all involved.
(Above left) Medical and Mobility staff Peter Saunder, Warehouse Manager (L) and Barry Corner, Managing Director (R)
(Above right) Local Area Coordinator, Colleen McRae, delivering the walker to TOLL freight services for transport to Lockhart River by Skytrans
Courtesy of Colleen McRae
Local Area Coordinator – Disability Services