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 Saibai Islander decendant, living in Seisia Community in the NPA. He continues to share the stories of his ancestors and his home through his art, dance and music.
His artwork Island Drum was recently entered to an exhibition at Gab Titui Cultural Centre and gallery on Thursday Island, where he was highly commended for his work.
The acrylic on canvas artwork utilises a modern style of painting with acrylic and water, reflecting the modern era of story telling and the link between Islander people and the Sea.
Vincent works from his Seisia home, and as a resident arts support worker at the NPA Arts Centre. Here he not only creates breathtaking cultural artefacts adn artworks depicting his rich cultural heritage, but also works with community members of the NPA to support community art.
Vincent also works closely with his cousin Brett Aniba to train and mentor the Seisia Zugubal Thitui Dance troupe, choreographing and writing songs to share Saibai and Seisia Community stories and lifestyle.
The dance troupe perform regularly at community events and shows and in 2010, some members were even invited to China to perform at the World Arts Expo.
Congratulations to Vincent for his outstanding work.
(Island Drum pictured right)