UMI Arts is the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland, an area that extends north of Cairns to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf and Mt Isa regions.

UMI Arts’ goal is to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, including visual arts and crafts, dance, ceremony, storytelling and music.

Featured artist Steve Tranby-Murgha of UMI Arts. Photograph by Bernard Singleton Jnr.

Featured Artist: Steve Tranby-Murgha

Steve Tranby-Murgha is an emerging Aboriginal artist whose growing portfolio of work includes powerful stories and images relating to his experiences of life in the Cairns region. Born in 1979 and raised in Cairns, he gains inspiration from his grandparents who descend from the Birri-gubba, Jiddabul, Djabuguy and Muluridji (Atherton Tablelands/ Kuranda), Gunggay and Yarrabah (Yiithuwarra Cape Flattery/ Cape Melville).