Leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts organisation, UMI Arts, will launch its 2024 season on 15 March by opening its annual member showcase, You & Me.

The You & Me exhibition comprises 30 new artworks by 15 First Nations artists from across Far North Queensland.

UMI Arts Exhibition Officer Robyne Pacey said You & Me showcased the rich artistic diversity in the First Nations art and culture of Far North Queensland.

‘UMI is a Creole word that means you and me.

‘This is significant because we must work together to keep our culture strong,’ Ms Pacey said.

Ms Pacey said the quality of work featured in this year’s exhibition was outstanding.

‘Anyone interested in expanding their collection or investing in their first piece of Indigenous art should come along to the opening.’

Gindaja by Kevin Edmondstone

UMI Arts has issued a community-wide invitation to attend the free opening event on Friday, 15 March 2024, with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony from 6 pm at UMI Arts Gallery in Manoora.

The You & Me exhibition will run until 10 May 2024.

You & Me 2024 exhibiting artists are:

Solace BARNABY, Trish BARNARD (Yambina), Wayne CONNOLLY (Kuku Yalanji and Kuku Taipan; Yarrabah Art Centre), Holly DOUGLAS, Kaissia DICK (Kuku Yalanji), Kevin EDMONDSTONE (Yidinji), Dorothy EDWARDS (Kokoberrin, Cape York Peninsula), Chloe MCGILVARY (Kurtijar), Lisa MICHL KO-MANGGEN (Kokoberrin, Cape York Peninsula), Rhys MILES (Kuku Yalanji, Gungandki & Butchulla), Anzak NEWMAN (Western Torres Strait Islands & Wulgurukaba), Napoleon OUI (Djabugay), Kassandra SAVAGE (Waanyi and Kurtijar), Taheega SAVAGE (Waanyi and Kurtijar) and Gwen THOMAS.

CAPTION: Image at top of story is a snippet of a larger artwork: Black Cockatoo by Gwen Thomas. Full painting shown above.

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