Art workshops help bridge the gap

Article image - Art workshops help bridge the gap At a Boomerang Workshop in the Clermont Library: Lloyd Hornsby, Wendy Hornsby, Allison Orr and participants.

As part of this year’s NAIDOC week, world-renowned contemporary Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura hosted art workshops across Isaac Regional Council.

Returning for the third year, the artist hosted popular workshops for adults and children.

Mayor Anne Baker said the workshops, held in the region’s libraries, were well received.

“From boomerang and cap art to bark/leaf painting and artist master classes, there was an excellent turn out for each of Lloyd’s workshops,” said the Mayor.

“Lloyd won the 2015 Australia Day Arts and Culture award for his work promoting Aboriginal culture and art over the past 10 years.

“He uses his art as a bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, sharing his wealth of knowledge with artists of all ages.
During his Salt Water Series exhibition launch last month, Mr Hornsby donated one of his paintings to help raise funds at the Mayor’s Charity Ball.

“While in Isaac I saw that the Mayor was hosting a charity ball to raise funds for youth suicide prevention,” said Mr Hornsby
“This is a cause close to my heart, with the youth suicide rate so high in Indigenous communities.

“I just want to do my part to raise funds for this cause and encourage other local businesses to follow my lead.”

Mayor Anne Baker said she was humbled by the gesture: “I would like to thank Lloyd again for his kind donation.”

Mr Hornsby’s art workshops were made possible thanks to a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Isaac Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

In conjunction with the workshops the ‘Welcoming Place’ Art Exhibition was held at Dysart Civic Centre throughout July. The exhibition included an Indigenous-inspired collection of paintings created by local school students and community members.