In a stunning display of colour and light, artists from the Hopevale Arts and Culture Centre created a series of works reflecting on moments when Cook and his crew came into contact with Guugu Yimidhirr people in 1770.
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Workshops on country
This body of work was created at a series of workshops hosted on country in Hopevale, 46 kilometres north-west of Cooktown.
Curator Shona Coyne from the National Museum of Australia and Indigenous Art Centre Alliance educator Edwina Circuitt read James Cook and Joseph Banks's journals with the artists.
This was the first time many of the artists had read the journals. There was much robust discussion about how life would have been for their ancestors who were on the shores of Waalumbaal Birri in 1770.
Lightboxes on display
Artists created lightboxes by painting text and imagery on the front and sides of plywood lightbox frames. Fine holes were then drilled though areas of the paintings to highlight special elements of the story. Lighting systems were mounted behind the boxes so that light can shine through the holes.
Main banner image: Luminous Reef, Esmae Bowen, Gugu Thaypan. Hopevale Arts and Culture Centre