NPA Arts Centre

The NPA Arts Centre is a workshop and gallery based in New Mapoon Community, in the Northern Peninsula Area, at the very tip of Cape York, QLD. The centre is funded by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) to support culture and communty interaction within the region.

NPARC employs  five resident artists; Arts Centre coordinator Agnes Mark, and arts support workers Susan Kennedy, Geraldine Yorke, Brett Aniba and Vincent Babia.

The centre is open to all NPA residents and visitors, and hosts regular art workshops with guest artists. Previous workshops have included wood carving, ghost net weaving lino-printing and screen printing. As a central point of call for many NPA artists, the centre has helped to promote local artists both nationally and internationally.

In 2012, NPA Arts Centre resident artists and selected local artists were invited by UMI Arts to be a part of their Exhibition Ready Program, taking artists from home or commuity studios right to the gallery wall. For many of our NPA Artists, this was their first exhibition (see their exhibition journey here). For NPA participants the program was based here at the NPA Arts Centre, with supplies and travel expenses funded by UMI Arts, NPARC and sponsored by Skytrans.

NPARC has also supported the Arts Centre resident artists in attending the 2012 Winds of Zenadth Festival, held on Thursday Island. The festival was a week long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with feasting, dancing, visual art and more. Our artists were immersed in the celebrations, gaining an understanding of our neighbouring indigenous cultures as they shared dreamtime stories and cultural traditions. Artists Agnes, Geraldine and Vincent also took the oppertunity to submit some work to the Thursday Island’s cultural centre, Gab Titui, which are now displayed.

 The five communities of the NPA are strong in culture and tradition, something NPARC is proud to support and promote. It’s the culture and the people that make our region such a magnificent corner of the Earth.