ART SHOW: The Gabori sisters from left to right: Amanda, Elsie and Dorothy.
ART SHOW: The Gabori sisters from left to right: Amanda, Elsie and Dorothy. Grace Barnes, Mornington Island

Children invited to take part in educational art program

THE Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery will be abuzz, as children take part in exciting activities exploring the important relationship the Kaiadilt people of the Gulf of Carpentaria have with the sea.

The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea, will take place at the gallery over three days, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10 and Friday, January 13 from 10-11am.

This art exhibition is part of a major Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art 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.

The Gabori sisers are Kaiadilt women who create vibrant artworks using watercolour, acrylic paint and felt wool.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said 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.

Their mother, one of Australia's most celebrated contemporary artists, was the one who first encouraged the sisters to paint.

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.

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.

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.

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