Place Markers Celebrate Quandamooka Culture
  • Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Concept Render (CREATIVEMOVE & Regan Crook Studio)
  • Belinda Close, Concept Render (CREATIVEMOVE & Regan Crook Studio)

CREATIVEMOVE has worked with Quandamooka artists Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Belinda Close to develop concept designs for public art place markers to be installed at North Stradbroke Island’s Mulumba (Point Lookout) and at Pulan (Amity Point). These markers, commissioned by Redland City Council and developed in partnership with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), will be unveiled later this year. This project has included broad community consultation and is also integral to the Queensland Government’s North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy for Minjerribah.

In its approach, CREATIVEMOVE noted QYAC’s imperative to extend public places with stories and ideas about country, and which actively address the preservation of local and global ecosystems. These new artworks and signage utilise the creative capacity of the Quandamooka community with guidance from Elders, eliciting memory, and documenting and archiving cultural narratives. These contemporary artworks by local artists Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Belinda Close draw on Quandamooka culture, its ancient storylines, and offer visitors and residents an opportunity to learn about the ancestral connections between people and places on Minjerribah.

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins has developed an artwork to be installed near the Gorge Walk trail head (opposite the shops) at Mulumba. It features three oversized eugarie shells, delineated with pattern and colour, and they symbolise people coming together. Delvene said, “Eugarie shells mark places of gathering for Quandamooka people. This new place marker honours places of gathering – from before, now and into the future. Where they are placed allows the viewer to walk through and around – and to feel the texture of the weathered shell.”

Belinda Close’s artwork acknowledges the sea eagle (Mirringinpah) and will be installed at Cabarita Park, Pulan. It depicts the eagle soaring in search of food and also acts as a weathervane.  She said, “It is a storyline of the sea eagle alerting the Quandamooka people to the start of the mullet season.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said, “At Redlands Coast we are fortunate to have an ever-increasing range of incredible Quandamooka cultural tourism experiences on offer which are attracting visitors to the area. These place markers will add to the experiences on offer and contribute to valuable cultural learnings.”

Both artworks will be installed later in 2019. CREATIVEMOVE is working closely with dotdash, Regan Crook Studio, Stainless Aesthetics and others to realise both artworks.