Thanks 2015.. It been fun!

Kuril dhagun has had a massive year of programming and we wanted to thank everyone that contributed, participated, attended and supported us throughout the year.

Here are some of our achievements from 2015!

Our Night by the Fire talk series continued with the Recognise series. We had speakers presenting from alternative viewpoints and discussing the Recognise campaign. We had speakers Bogaine ‘Boe’ Spearim, Alethea Beetson and Mark Yettica-Paulson. The series concluded with a Forum with special guest Professor Megan Davis and hosted by Dr Chelsea Bond. In the second half of the year we had the Night by the Fire: Sustainability series with guest speakers Dale Chapman, Danny Doyle, and a FORUM with additional speaker Sonja Carmichael and hosted by Rhianna Patrick.

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We had some wonderful Exhibitions during the year. A Thousand Words was an exhibition featuring beautiful portraits by Nickeema Williams and Cheryl Creed. We also had wonderful collaborative community exhibitions including Renewed by Gumbi Crew in partnership with Gumbi Gunyah Women and Children’s Wellbeing Centre and the Woorabinda community and also Walan Giiny (strong heart) exhibition by the talented Nandjimadji art group from the Sunshine Coast, who are sponsored by Suncare, with the exhibition presented as part of a partnership between First Peoples Disability Network and Synapse.

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We started a monthly craft workshop called A Thousand Fibres which complimented A Thousand Words exhibition. We had amazing Indigenous artists lead various activities including; wearable art with Nickeema Williams, Fashionable Textiles with Hannah Bronte, Print making with Glenys Briggs, Brooches with Sonja Carmichael, Jewellery with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and weaving with Chantal Cook. We received sponsorship and support from Reverse Garbage Queensland. These workshops were so popular that we decided to have ongoing craft workshop program called Kreative Kuril. We had a portrait class with Boneta-Marie Mabo, singing in Torres Strait language with Ruth Ghee and a second print-making with Glennys Briggs and a possum-skin armband with Glennys Briggs and Carol McGregor.

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Boneta-Marie Mabo was the successful applicant for our very first Artist in Residence program. She is researching our collection for inspiration and producing an art exhibition in kuril dhagun in 2016. Glennys Briggs and Carol McGregor have started facilitating Possum Skin Cloak making workshops in three communities in the lead up to an exciting Indigenous exhibition in the main SLQ Gallery in 2016.

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Kuril dhagun offered weekly Tours for each of the exhibitions. We also started our very popular Our Place tour which is a short guided walk along the Kurilpa Point to learn about the landscape and local history of the area. We also had educational resources and activities in our Pop-Up Library. Our tent was set up at Pacific Tides Festival in Cleveland, the Children’s Festival in Springfield, Library on the Lawn program for Brisbane Festival and also Clancestry at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Living Histories was another partnership project with QPAC which engaged Indigenous community members to share personal stories which informed the design of a print installation at Clancestry. Interviewees – Josh Kilroy, Getano Bann, Rhianna Patrick, Dulcie Bronsch, Steven Oliver, Leeanne Enoch, Matthew Bond, Graeme Blanco, Sharon Kinchela, and Bridget Garay, along with their nominated partners, generously took time out of their day to take part in this project.

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Another successful Community Partnership was with the Brisbane Lions and The Long Walk event.  Kuril dhagun coordinated the walk from Musgrave Park to the Gabba and the day’s activities during the AFL’s Indigenous Round.

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We started our Storytime in the Reading Nook program and had wonderful storytellers including Janine Matthews, Davey Thompson, Getano Bann, Alethea Beetson, Missy Knox, Perry Mooney, Ruth Ghee, Raelene Baker and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.


Our Digital Program continued with Tellin Country, a project for Indigenous children to create stories through art and iPad technology. New animations were made in Yarrabah with the help of Elverina Johnson and Stradbroke Island with the help of Delvene Cockato-Collins. We also partnered with Redland Council and VJ artist Andrew Gibbs co-created of a live audio visual show with Straddie community also for the Pacific Tides festival.

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Straddie kids were also involved in our Washed Up! community project along with children from across the Redlands and Brisbane. We partnered with Tangalooma Ecomarines to engage young people, Aboriginal artist Sonja Carmichael and Elders Aunty Becky Thomson and Aunty Joan Hendriks in collecting rubbish from the shores to create art installations with collected materials while discussing the importance of caring for country.

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This project inspired our Eco Murri Christmas event. Our eighth annual Murri Christmas event saw our Indigenous santa stranded on an island with our Washed Up! animal creations. Getano Bann once again played our loveable character Murri Claus he performed and sang Christmas songs and about recycling.

Here is a short Murri Christmas video that captures some of the fun we had!



So that is our year in review, apologies if we have left anything out. Sincere thanks to our friends, family, community and partners for your ongoing support.

Wishing you and your family a very deadly Christmas and New Year from kuril dhagun!