Adi Buya: Sacred Stones from Our Island Home

The two Saibai warriors moved like stealth through the night. Their canoe cut through the black glass of the Torres Strait waters and slid soundlessly onto the sandy shore. Through the bush they could… Continue reading

Keeping Culture Strong, with the Strength of a Crocodile

Life is moving fast for Injinoo born and bred artist, Teho Ropeyarn. With his first solo print exhibition launched last month, Teho takes time from the current Pathways workshop to talk about how to… Continue reading

Drum Beat Will Call You Home

“No matter where you are in the world, you will hear the beat of the drums through the Torres Strait, and they will call you home,” said NPA Artist Vincent Babia. Vincent is a… Continue reading

Stories in the Dust

Painted bodies with outstretched arms moved eerily through the clouds of dust kicked up by their bare feet. As they moved to the pulsing drum beat and music sung in language, the dancers… Continue reading

Burru: Combs from the Strait’s Past

When christian missinoaries firstcame to the islands of the Torres Strait, they brought the first real introduction to western culture with them. Ordinary household objects to the missionaries were foreign to the Islanders,… Continue reading

Journey to Umagico

Three houses stood silhouetted against the darkening sky, as a young Lockhart River woman, heavy with child, made her way on foot to what was to be her new community. With charcoal darkened… Continue reading

Our Journey, Our Clan, Our People

Sisters Vikki, Agnes and Susan have fought for years to have not only their rights to their land recognised, but also the very existence of their clan group. Since their parents journey in… Continue reading

Large as Life

Have you ever looked at a polystyrene esky and thought to yourself… I could make a dugong out of that? Using only tools he had around the home and materials found around his… Continue reading

Connection to the Land

Harnessing the unpredictable movement of water, Indigenous Artists Agnes Mark has created her own unique style of visual art. Through mixing paint and water on canvas, Agnes creates breathtaking artscapes that apear to move… Continue reading

Carving Culture

  Brothers Brett Aniba and Vincent Babia use lino printing to reinvent the stories of their ancestors on Saibai Island. Both Arts Support workers at the NPA Arts Centre, they work alongside fellow local indigenous… Continue reading