In October last year, Moa Arts held the Malu Mabaigal – Seafaring People exhibition at Woolloongabba Art Gallery in Brisbane. Malu Mabiagal – Seafaring People highlighted the talent of artists from Moa Island to produce innovative contemporary artworks whilst also maintaining traditional art making practices and preserving their cultural heritage. The exhibition included a collection of limited-edition prints, showcasing colour reduction prints, large format works, and works on paper featuring ‘Kaidaral’, a Moa Island adaptation of the French printmaking technique À la poupée. Also included in the exhibition were artworks made by the Moa weavers - hand woven baskets and bags made from hand dyed raffia, seagrass, ghost net and twine, decorated with seashells and seeds collected from the island.
To top off a great 2018 for Moa Arts, Fiona Elisala won second prize in the Fremantle Art Awards, for her artwork Uman (Weaving), lino print on paper, 2018. Fiona, along with Paula Savage, were also joint winners of the IACA Lucille Osborne Emerging Artist ward in June 2018. Both artists will travel to Canberra in early 2019 to undertake an exchange workshop at the Australian National University School of Art.
Main image credit: Paula Savage at KickArts Indigenous Printmaking Program, Image: Blueclick