Funding approved for innovative NAIDOC exhibition works

Published: 19 Jun 2024

Council has approved a $6760 grant to support a local Indigenous artist who creates digital artworks using sand art, drone technology and digital editing software.

Artist Leon Namai was one of 12 grant applicants to share in $65,000 from the Regional Arts Development Fund round three of funding.

Mayor Greg Williamson said, as part of NAIDOC Celebrations in July, Namai would be creating new digital works for two exhibitions at Gordon White Library and the Jubilee Community Centre.

“This grant will enable Leon to mentor with well-known digital artist Donna Maree Robinson to continue to develop his skills in digital videography, editing and projection work,” Mayor Williamson said.

“There are already discussions around featuring his works on large scale building projections, which is something we’ve done on the façade of Artspace Mackay in the past,” he said.

Several community-led Mackay Festival of Arts events also received funding support.

Mayor Williamson said these included the Mackay Chamber Music Festival ($5000), Crossroad Arts’ Unlock the City ($7347) and the Ridgelines art exhibition at The Brae ($6645).

“Unlock the City is an exciting, original project by Crossroad Arts that will give audiences the chance to explore our city through the eyes and ears of Crossroad Arts performers,” he said.

“Along with contemporary and traditional dances, poetic musical exploration and art installations, the cast will be reviving and sharing memories of shopfronts and arcades through stories.

“For example, Tony Moore, who happens to be deaf, will present a story in Auslan sign language from his time as a newspaper compositor for 40 years.”

Also funded this round was:

  • A mural on the amenities block at Seaview Park, Bucasia - $6380.
  • An exhibition of large landscape paintings depicting Eungella and the impacts of climate change - $5000.
  • A project to pass on and teach Torres Strait Islander women the cultural craft of the Torres Strait Islander dresses known as Augemwali – $2235.
  • A Pinoy Art Exhibition by the Mackay Filippino Community - $7123.
  • A series of seven workshops to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Valley Spinners - $6090.
  • A local band, The Wild Sky, to record a high-quality original music EP - $4434.
  • A project to research the life of May Bradford, the first female pilot to gain a commercial pilot license in Australia, and then deliver local history workshops - $5516.
  • The Pathways to Print workshop, which will be a step-by-step guide on how to self-publish a book with author A.L Tippett - $2470.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.