To coincide with ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’, our major retrospective of the work of Sally Gabori (Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda), the Children’s Art Centre presents ‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’, an immersive exhibition for children developed in collaboration with Mrs Gabori’s daughters Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori.
‘Gathering by the Sea’ takes children on a journey to the artists’ ancestral homeland of Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. The island and the abundance of life in the oceans that surround it inform the design of the exhibition space. Featuring a multitude of colours, the design encompasses the land, sky, mangroves and rock walls that surround the island and the ocean beyond.
Specially designed hands-on making and interactive multimedia activities allow you to engage with the artists’ memories and stories of family and their Kaiadilt culture. Learn some of the Kaiadilt’s Kayardild language and discover your own special Kaiadilt totem animal. Sit in one of three small boats and imagine yourself out at sea as part of a drawing activity, create a collage sea creature to add to a rock wall display, and swim with the fish in an interactive animation. Have fun designing your own digital humpy and view the Gabori sisters’ original artworks created especially for the exhibition.
An important part of developing the Children’s Art Centre projects is trialing the activities with children. For ‘Gathering by the Sea’ staff from the Children’s Art Centre worked with the Gallery’s Young Members as well as children from St Ita’s Primary School to test initial designs, materials and processes. Trialing provides a valuable opportunity for us to incorporate child, parent and teacher feedback and make any refinements before delivering to a larger audience.
The Gallery also recently had the pleasure of hosting the Gabori sisters when they came to Brisbane for the opening of their mother’s retrospective, ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’. During their visit children had the chance to meet and work with the sisters to create collaged sea creature templates. These creations will be some of the first to be displayed as part of the ‘rock wall fish trap’ which will be transformed over the course of the exhibition as colourful shells, corals and sea creatures are added.
Alongside the hands-on making activities featured in the exhibition is a large scale animated projection. The Children’s Art Centre staff worked with children from The Greek Orthodox Community Child Care Centre, St Ita’s Primary School and Brisbane State High School to create spectacular sea creatures that have been animated to create an engaging interactive experience that is sure to excite visitors to the exhibition.
‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’ will inspire creativity and nurture respect for the Kaiadilt culture. This exhibition is the eighth in a series of large-scale interactive projects by Australian artists to be commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre.