Quandamooka Statement of Recognition
  • Quandamooka Dancers performing at the unveiling ceremony. Photo: Mick Richards
  • Photo: Mick Richards
  • Detail of artwork panel. Photo: Mick Richards

As a result of a partnership between Redland City Council and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), the Quandamooka Statement of Recognition comprises two engraved and laser-cut aluminium panels which recognise the Quandamooka People’s enduring connection to their traditional lands, winds and waters – Quandamooka Country. As QYAC Chairperson Dr Valerie Cooms suggests, “Through words and through art, the Statement of Recognition captures the bond between our people and this land – a bond intrinsic to our culture and identity.” The statement follows the native title consent determination on 4 July 2011, an historic recognition of the Quandamooka People by the Australian legal system, when Quandamooka People were recognised as the Traditional Owners of this area.

CREATIVEMOVE was engaged by QYAC to deliver this project who saw this commission as an opportunity to undertake a professional development activity for the Salt Water Murris Quandamooka artists. CREATIVEMOVE set in train an expression-of-interest process, with an advisory group chaired by QYAC CEO, Cameron Costello, to enact a public art commission.

The advisory group recommended that Sandra Delaney, a Quandamooka artist and storyteller from Minjerribah be commissioned for the project. Sandra’s designs and her contribution to the text of the statement demonstrate her deep and influential cultural knowledge and respect for Elders and community.

The unveiling ceremony was enriched by a dynamic performance by the Quandamooka Dancers and a water blessing by Aunty Joan Hendriks and QYAC CEO Cameron Costello, with water decanted from the culturally significant spring at One Mile. The artwork is installed at the entrance of the Redland City Council administration building, corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

CREATIVEMOVE was honoured to be a part of this project, and would like to congratulate Sandra Delaney and both Redland City Council and the QYAC on this achievement. The Statement would also not have been realised without the tireless efforts of Leanne Tu’ipulotu, Manager, Strengthening Communities, Redland City Council. We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to the advisory group members, as well as Avril Quaill, (Arts Queensland) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Redland Art Gallery).  Our thanks also to Salt Water Murris Quandamooka, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Cathy Bowman, Brisbane Signs and Engravings, The Artificial, and Brisbane Digital Images for their contributions.