A rare collection of stories from the Wik People of Aurukun at Noosa Regional Gallery
  • Friday 21 June 2013

In a significant first, a powerful exhibition of rare Indigenous art-forms, collected from the remote northern Cape York community of Aurukun, will be revealed to the public at Sunshine Coast Council’s Noosa Regional Gallery from 4 July to 25 August 2013.

Aurukun: Stories of the Wik People is a collaborative selection from two insightful Sunshine Coast collectors representing both historic and unique stories of the Wik people. This time capsule of artistic output represents a significant turning point towards reconciliation and recognition of the connection of Aboriginal people with their land.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said this fascinating exhibition is not to be missed as it forms an important milestone in Australia’s history and some of the works in this exhibition are the only known examples of unique stories of the Wik lineage.

“Council is committed to bringing exhibitions of this calibre to the region and the benefit for the community to have access to culturally significant art-forms like this is very significant,” he said.

“The Aurukun: Stories of the Wik People exhibition will be a substantial display of works from the Aimé and Jacqueline Proost collection which has been sought after by many other galleries in the State and I am very proud that Noosa Regional Gallery has been chosen by the private collectors to have this honour.”

All are welcome to join Mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington for the official opening of Aurukun: Stories of the Wik People on Saturday 6 July at 2pm and to book to attend the following public programs by visiting council’s gallery website:

Floor Talk: Sunday 7 July, 11am to noon

Wik-Kugu Art Centre Manager of Aurukun Shire Council, Dev Lengjel and leading Aurukun carver: Roderick Yunkaporta will lead an informal talk about 'culture', stories and arts production in Aurukun. Gold coin donation. RSVP by 5 July.

Coffee and Conversations: Friday 19 July, 10.30 to 11.30am

Curator, Nina Shadforth will lead a tour of highlights from the Aurukun collection of the Proost De Deyne family. Gold coin donation. RSVP by 18 July.

Noosa Regional Gallery is located at 8 Pelican Street, Tewantin and is open free to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For further information please phone the Gallery on 5449 5340.