Elsie Gabori - Bijurra (817-19)

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Artist: Elsie Gabori 

Title: Bijurra

Cat No: 817-19

Size: 91.5 x 60.5 cm 

Acrylic on Canvas

Story:

Bijurra means pippies or cockle shells in our language.  We find these shells buried in the sand.  We dig them up when the tide is dropping and cook them in the coals.

About:

Birth Date: circa  1947
Language: Kayardild
Country: Dulkawalne - Bentinck Island

Community: Mornington Island (Gunana) : QLD

Biography:

"I was born on Bentinck island. When I was about 2 or 3 years old our people were all taken from Bentinck island to the mission on Mornington Island because there was a severe fresh water shortage on Bentinck island. I was placed in the dormitory and kept away from my parents. I attended the mission school along with the Lardil children of Mornington Island. I went to school unl I turned 15 and then I went to work as a housemaid in the mission house. I was paid about 10 shillings a week but we lived off the land and sea and didn't really need money. "A vacancy opened on a cale property on the mainland at Kamilaroy and I was sent there to work as a house servant for 3 years before I returned to Mornington Island. I raised a family of 3 girls and 2 boys with my present partner Bob Thompson. "I only had housework to do and was bored. My mum was selling lots of paintings and really enjoyed painting. One of my brothers passed away so I went up to the Art Centre with mum to keep her company and decided to try painting for myself. I found that I loved it as well. I really want to become a good artist like my mum and paint about Bentinck Island and my people and their stories."

Group Exhibitions:

2018 CIAF-Connection to Country : Cairns Qld

2019 Salon Gallery : Darwin, NT

2018 DAAF : Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

2018 Outstation Gallery : Darwin,NT

2018 Kick Arts : Cairns, Qld

2018 Tanks Arts Centre : Cairns, Qld

2018 CIAF Indigenous Fashion Performance : Wandan (Future)

2017 CIAF : Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Curated Exhibition: Family Values

2017 Land of All - Dulka Wangiid : Art Mob, Hobart Tasmania

2016 The Gabori Sisters: Gathering By The Sea : Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Children Art Centre

2016 CIAF Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal Indigenous Fashion Performance : Virgin Airlines Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program

2016 MI Art, MI Fashion, Mi Models : Where art meets fashion. Virgin Airlines Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program at Alcaston

2016 My Island Home : Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2015 CIAF : Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Market

2015 CIAF Indigenous Fashion Performance : Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Sea and Rainforest Dreaming)

2015 Currents: Trends & Movements in Queensland Indigenous Art Centres Exhibition : Cairns Tanks Gallery

2015 International Women's Day Exhibition : Tanks Art Gallery

2015 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair : MI Art & Alcaston Gallery

2014 Pencil, Paint, Paper - Seascapes of Bentinck Island : Alcaston, Melbourne

2014 Kinship - A Celebration of Fine Arts from Far North Queensland Indigenous Art Centre : Tanks Art Centre, Cairns

2013 Ngamathungarrba Marraanjuthu Dulka - Mother & Daughters Teach Other About Country : Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2013 Macquarie Group Collection Emerging Artists Prize : Sydney, New South Wales

2012 Artists from Bentinck Island & Mornington Island, Queensland : Alcaston Gallery

2012 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair : MI Art & Alcaston Gallery

2012 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards : Museums and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 2012 Arsts From Mornington Island Art : Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair : MI Art & Alcaston Gallery

2011 Mornington Island Arts : KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns

2010 Bentinck Is Artworks : Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

2010 Sally Gabori & Daughters, Ngamathungarrba Bakiinda Mirrayalath : At Depot Gallery, Sydney. Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

Awards:

2012 Telstra Award, Alcaston Gallery/MI Art

2012 Finalist, Macquarie Group Collection Emerging Artist Prize, Sydney, New South Wales

2012 Finalist, 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin Bibliography

2013 Kinship - A Celebration of Fine Art From Far North Queensland Indigenous Art Centres, Tanks Art Centre


Collections:

The National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria

 


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