Queensland Art Gallery
25 July – 9 November 2003
Admission Free
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About 'Story Place'

Welcome to the website for ‘Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest’. This major survey exhibition of historical and contemporary indigenous art from Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula was held at the Queensland Art Gallery from 25 July to 9 November 2003. The exhibition was visited by 142 994 people, including 19 518 children.

Knowledge of ‘story places’ – places of spiritual or cultural significance – is passed from generation to generation in Indigenous culture. Expressed through oral traditions, dance, ceremony and art, these unique stories of the people of Cape York form the heart of this exhibition. ‘Story Place’ brought together more than 300 historical and contemporary works of art - sculpture, painting, works on paper, ceramic, fibre and ceremonial objects – by more than 80 artists.

This exhibition was the realisation of more than two years’ research and collaboration between the Queensland Art Gallery and the Indigenous people of Cape York. This collaboration was recognised when ‘Story Place’ won the joint venture large business category of the 2003 Queensland Government Reconciliation Awards for Business.

Regional Tour

A selection of works from the ‘Story Place’ exhibition will tour regional Queensland in 2004.

Further details about the tour will be updated on this site as they become available. For further information please contact the Regional Services Officer on (07) 3840 7928 or by email.

Stories of Cape York art and culture

'Story Place' book

For the first time in one book the art work, the people and the environments of Cape York are observed and richly illustrated.

Explore Cape York communities

Aboriginal viewers

Warning: This website shows people who are now deceased.

Journey through the three diverse regions of Cape York Peninsula — east Cape, west Cape and the rainforest. Art works from the exhibition, plus artist and community profiles from each of the three regions are presented on this site.

© Queensland Art Gallery  2003

Header images (left to right):  Termite mounds. Photograph: Kerry Trapnell
Coastal rocks at Quintel Beach, Lockhart River; Photograph: Tony Gwynn-Jones. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland
Black palm. Photograph: Tony Gwynn-Jones. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland