The Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct (YACP) along with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council are developing a new souvenir publication, aimed at strengthening the local and national profile of Yarrabah Arts and artists.
The publication will showcase Yarrabah’s vibrant art, cultural identity and history and will be made available to visitors within YACP and various art fairs around Australia. The publication will also support the YACP touring exhibition, Jabu Birriny (Land + Sea), which will tour throughout regional Queensland in 2019, alongside visual arts partners Flying Arts from Brisbane.
Along with art and artefacts, the publication will feature the designs of local artists brought to life as stunning wearable art such as clothing, jewellery, bags and accessories. The YACP fashion collection has previously featured at both the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Darwin Aboriginal Arts fashion parades. The beautiful and highly successful YACP fashion collection is modelled by local young women. The young women, aged 13 to 15, have teamed with Yarrabah based photographer Leanne Hardy as part of the “Ngudju Girrany” (No Shame) project. The project sets out to prove to the young women they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Professional hair and makeup services for the art inspired photo-shoot were provided by Birrimbah Beauty owner Shehana Friday.
The souvenir publication will also include a 2019 calendar of events curated to showcase the Yarrabah Creative Arts, Cultural History and Artefacts collection held at the Menmuny Museum.
Main image credit: Ngudju Girrany group members L to R Back row Kyesha Sands, Marina Fourmile, Tilly Nazareth, Christina Atkinson, Tyika Maloney. Front Mashaela Smith, Latoya Sands wearing the YACP collection and jewellery outside of Menmuny Museum. Image: Leanne Hardy