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QAGOMA’S Kids on Tour Brings ‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea' to Banana Shire

Exciting hands-on activities for children that explore the important relationship the Kaiadilt people of the Gulf Carpentaria have with the sea will visit Banana Shire from 13 – 20 January as part of a major Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) regional tour to more than 80 regional venues from January to April 2017.

In ‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’, young visitors can experience the free, interactive project that QAGOMA’s Children’s Art Centre developed in collaboration with Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said that the Gallery had worked closely with the Gabori sisters on the exciting interactive program presented alongside 'Dulka Warngiid – Land of All', a major retrospective of their mother Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s work, held at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2016.

‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea' takes children on a journey to the artists' homeland of Bentinck Island in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Kids on Tour program invites children to discover the creatures that inhabit the waters around Bentinck Island through making, drawing and multimedia activities.

Children can discover the Kayardild language and their own Kaiadilt totem animal, reflect on their knowledge of the sea in a drawing activity, create a sea creature collage, and make a digital humpy. Participants can also listen to the Gabori sisters share stories from Bentinck Island in a video interview.

Kids on Tour is offered as a free program to regional Queensland communities through the Gallery’s Regional Services department.

For more information about ‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’ Kids on Tour and a full list of venues, visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

For more information about Banana Shire venues and dates visit the Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery page.

ABOUT THE GABORI SISTERS

Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori are Kaiadilt women who create vibrant artworks using watercolour, acrylic paint and brightly coloured felt wool. Inspired by Bentinck Island, their ancestral homeland in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, the sisters were first encouraged to paint by their mother, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015), one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

The title of the Gabori sisters’ QAGOMA program comes from the Kayardild phrase ‘ngurruwarrawaanda barrnyant’, which means ‘a big gathering at the stone fish trap’. The concept of ‘gathering’ is very important to the artists, and relates to bringing family members together, maintaining culture and traditions, as well as collecting food from the ocean.