Indigenous banners will fly

Article image - Indigenous banners will fly Mayor Julia Leu with artists Allister Lorden, Linda Burchill and Sheryl Burchill

More Indigenous artwork will pop up on prominent streets in Queensland’s Douglas Shire, during a public art rollout in coming months.

Eight grants have been awarded for cultural projects involving eight local artists and three community groups with funds secured through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) by Douglas Shire Council.

Indigenous artists Linda Burchill, Sheryl Burchill, Delissa Walker and Daphne Naden’s project will feature Indigenous artworks on banners on Front Street in Mossman and Davidson Street in Port Douglas.

The artwork headlines an impressive suite of projects that aims to breathe creativity into the region.

Mayor Julia Leu said the local arts community was blessed with a unique diversity.

“Douglas Shire has a really vibrant art scene.

“The quality and diversity of our local arts community is a constant source of amazement and I’m absolutely ecstatic we can deliver these significant projects.

“We have musicians, writers, painters and other artistic experts flourishing in Douglas Shire and this council is really keen to give this talent a platform.”

The Indigenous artworks will be displayed where the Council Christmas banners are usually hung.

It comes after Council unveiled Janbal Gallery artist Brian “Binna” Swindley’s eye-catching sculpture on Johnston Road in Mossman.
Other public art projects include concept developments proposals, including Ellen Terrell’s ‘Fossil Rock’ sculptures, Port Douglas artists’ biennial ephemeral art event ‘The Call Of The Running Tide’ and Jill Chism’s Daintree Gateway public artwork.

The eight local art projects have been funded $37,197 through RADF, which is a State and Local Government partnership between Douglas Shire Council and Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture in
Regional Queensland.