Strategic alliances across government bodies
and with the corporate sector were integral to the realisation
of the ‘Story Place’ exhibition and project.
Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the tremendous support and
contribution of principal sponsors the Queensland Government,
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC),
The Queensland Government has a stated commitment
to achieving a better quality of life for the Indigenous people
of Cape York through partnerships designed to enhance social, economic
and community development opportunities. The Gallery is proud to
have the ‘Story Place’ project
further these aims in unique and exciting ways.
In an initiative funded by the Department of Employment and Training,
ten traineeships were created for Indigenous Queenslanders to work with
the Queensland Art Gallery, and with artists in their own communities,
in developing the exhibition.
The traineeship program has provided the young people involved
with the opportunity to gain specialist arts, cultural
and museological skills,
and valuable experience towards pursuing a career in Queensland’s
vital arts sector. In fact, at the time of writing three trainees
have already secured continued employment in the arts industry — two
of them at the Gallery itself — following
the completion of their traineeship.
Government funding also contributed to invigorating art
production in a number of the Cape’s remote communities,
through the commissioning of some 20 new works for ‘Story
works are valuable additions to the Queensland Art Gallery Collection,
and as such will be able to be enjoyed by future generations of Queenslanders
and visitors to our state.
and Torres Strait Islander Commission)
The Gallery is also proud to have the support
of ATSIC in presenting this important exhibition for the Indigenous
artists and communities of Cape York Peninsula.
The exhibition and its associated programs supports ATSIC’s mission
to maintain and develop Indigenous cultures, and promote the distinct
identity of the region’s Indigenous Australians.
Its focus on presenting the artists’ own words and images
to tell the unique stories of their land, culture and heritage
is an important
step in empowering the artists of the Cape York region.
ATSIC’s support of a regional tour of the exhibition will
enable a component of the Brisbane exhibition to travel to venues
Cooktown and Townsville, bringing the show as close as logistically possible
to the people of the Cape York region.
Comalco’s involvement in Cape York Peninsula
started when bauxite was first discovered there in the 1950s. In
March 2001, the Western Cape Communities Co-existence Agreement
was signed by 11 Traditional Owner Groups, Comalco and the State
Government, in recognition of land rights and in support of the
social and economic development of Western Cape communities.
Comalco’s sponsorship of ‘Story Place’ represents
another significant move forward in the development of
an enduring and respectful
relationship between the company and the Indigenous peoples of Cape York.
The Gallery extends its thanks to Comalco for its support of the
project and its primary aim of recognising and promoting the unique art
and culture of the region.