2019 South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibition

An Outdoor Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art

In April of this year South Stradbroke Island nurtured an annual pilgrimage of 13 passionate artists for a five-day journey alongside lead artist and mentor, Gordon Hookey. Accompanied by Laurie Nilsen, Rick Roser and Bianca Beetson, creative impulses and ideas flowed as naturally as the tide.

This December, HOTA will host an exhibition featuring these artists in our parklands. Contemporary and traditional, ephemeral, site-specific installations will feature as part of this annual exhibition that highlights the enriching experiences from the 2019 camp artists.

The weekend will feature all of this, plus artist talks, spoken word and performance around the Lake on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December 2019.

Participating artists: Colin Appo, Lystra Bisschop, Alara Cameron, Sonja Carmichael, Mark Cora, Claire Freeman, Sylvia Nakachi, Will Probert, Rebecca Ray, Ronda Sharpe, Dominique Normand.

Mentors: Libby Harward and Alicia Jones.

Images: Courtesy of City of Gold Coast
Image 1 – Corrugated iron canoe by Rick Roser
Image 2 – Dominique Normand oil painting example from Gordon Hookey workshop
Image 3 – End of day 1 artist camp de-briefing

This event is part of the HOME series.

Event Schedule

Sat 7 Dec
9.30 – Welcome to Country and Exhibition Opening
10.30 to 2.30 – Artist talks – a chance to walk the exhibition where artists will give a 10-minute talk on their artwork and take questions. Join in the tour at any point.


The 2019 South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp is a key part of the City of Gold Coast’s Cultural Strategy 2023 that values and supports the elevation and promotion of local Indigenous artist development.

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