Creative minds have the opportunity to connect culture, art, and the environment at Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours’ Culture on Canvas workshops during this year’s Milbi Festival.
Workshop attendees will hear stories of two Taribelang Bunda totems, milbi (freshwater turtle) and meebar (saltwater turtle), from traditional owner and artist Geoff Sellman who will give expert guidance as participants create their own artwork.
The workshops are supported by a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant, and all artmaking materials will be supplied for guests, with no painting experience required to enjoy the activity.
Geoff is a multidisciplinary artist who had built a successful career living and working in Burramatta (Parramatta NSW), with his work winning art prizes and being acquired by collectors around the world.
Taribelang Aboriginal Corporation Director Bec Domaille said Geoff was excited to be returning home to his country to run the workshops alongside the Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours team in the group’s new workshop space.
“We are inviting guests into our workshop area, which is a great space to get in touch with your creative side, have some fun and laughs, and create your own piece of art,” Bec said.
“We are looking forward to connecting with our guests and sharing some of our culture and knowledge of the Bundaberg Region.
“With education and connection at the forefront of everything we do, Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours pride ourselves on delivering a personalised experience, making sure we're able to get to know each person, opening up the chance for honest conversation.”
Milbi Festival is Bundaberg Regional Council’s major destination event that celebrates arts, culture and the environment and marks the opening of the turtle nesting season.
The festival runs from 27 October to 5 November, with a range of events on throughout the 10 days.
Milbi + Meebar: Culture on Canvas
Where: Taribelang Bunda workshop, Shop 2, 67 Perry Street, Bundaberg North.
When: Friday 27 October 6pm
Saturday 28 October 6pm
Sunday 29 October 11am
Sunday 30 October 10am
Cost: $69 per person
Bookings essential: www.bundaculturaltours.com.au
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
As part of the wider Milbi Festival program, Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours will also host additional tours. Find out more in the program.
For more information about the Regional Arts Development Fund, click here.