Taste the sea

The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea is an interactive exhibition that explores the close relationship of Dorothy, Elsie and Amanda Gabori — the daughters of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori — with their ancestral homeland of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Bring the family in to visit the Children’s Art Centre at GOMA…

Ancestral storys and personal history overlap in Sally Gabori’s art

The overwhelming majority of Mirdidinkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s paintings focused on Dibirdibi Country, the Country associated with the Rock Cod Ancestor, and of her husband. In 2005 Sally was introduced to painting, and her unique style, vision and story captured the imagination of the art world. Mixing wet paints on canvas to create tonal shifts, she…

Visit Makarrki, Sally Gabori’s brother’s country

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori lived an entirely traditional life for her first 23 years, moving between her family’s main homeland sites and living according to an unbroken ancestral culture. In 1948, following devastating drought, storms and a near four-metre tidal surge, she and her kin were moved to nearby Mornington Island. In our series on her work…

Gain an insight into Sally Gabori’s painting technique

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s instinct for colour and composition approaches abstraction while conveying a deep connection to her important places and family. We continue our series on her work by profiling this painting table on which she painted many of her smaller works. This is the tabletop on which Sally Gabori painted many of her…

Sally Gabori paints her grandfather’s country

We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, senior Kaiadilt artist from Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Like so many great artists, Sally Gabori excelled at painting the world she knew, here you are introduced to her grandfather’s country. ‘Dingkari is an outside hunting ground to…

Why is an outstation on Bentinck Island important to Sally Gabori?

We continue our series on Sally Gabori’s paintings, here we introduce you to Nyinyilki, an outstation on Bentinck Island, off the coast of North Queensland. ‘Nyinyilki or main base is where we built the outstation when we got our land back. That is why we call it main base as well’ Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori Nyinyilki…