The community comprises of approximately 20 clan groups from the Guugu Yimidhirr nation, whose knowledge transcends into a diverse range of skills handed down through family groups.

Many of the artists’ works depict cultural areas of flora and fauna, traditional land and totems. Oral history is now woven into visual works, whether on canvas or weaving, and it projects the cultural stories which will be immortalised for future years.Recently Hopevale textile designs, in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology student designers, were showcased at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with great reviews.

Featured artist Grace Rosendale of Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre. Image courtesy of Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre

Featured Artists: Grace Rosendale

Grace Rosendale was born in Woorabinda and is a senior elder of the Binthi Warra clan. Her totems are the Gaalaya (Centipede) from her father’s side and the Ngurraarr (Black Cockatoo) and Burriwi (Emu) from her mother’s side.

As one of the last fluent language speakers of Guugu Yimithirr, Grace takes her artwork very seriously to ensure inter-generational sharing takes place between community elders and youth.

She belongs to the Gamba Gamba group (senior women) at the Art Centre. Artworks by the Gamba draw on traditional Guugu Yimmithirr Warra culture, and contemporary and mission time histories. The women hold deep cultural knowledge of family kinship systems, sacred sites, esoteric characters and totems, and are passionate about recording language and traditional stories to preserve and hand down to the younger generations.

Grace completed her Diploma in Visual Arts through TAFE, Cairns.