18 December 2014 – 23 February 2015
‘Gone fishin’ is the title for an art exhibition that shines the light on Weipa, located on the west coast of Cape York Peninsular in far north Queensland. Weipa is the largest town on the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline and home to a large indigenous population, as well as a major bauxite mining operation managed by Rio Tinto. When viewed on a map, Weipa looks like a large bite-shaped bay (Albatross Bay), with close to 100 km of uninhabited coast and multiple rivers and estuary systems that flush wet season rainfalls into the ocean.
For the past 7 years Geoff White, Gallery Director, has made annual trips to this beautiful part of Australia exploring Weipa’s coast and rivers aboard a houseboat usually only chartered by seasoned fishermen.
Warwick Fuller, Scott Marr, Rowen Matthews, Ian Swift and Henryk Topolnicki have produced an eclectic collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Some artworks interpret the landscape, others are in response to it. Collected objects washed up on desolate beaches have inspired imaginative sculpture, whilst pigment extracted from bauxite and ink extracted from squid provide another connection to place.