A generous philanthropic gift has enabled Redland Art Gallery to devise and support a three-year program of artist-residency style exhibitions and activations within the Redlands Cultural Precinct.

The multi-year project collectively titled CREATE EXCHANGE, will form part of the Gallery’s life-long learning program of meaningful and dynamic activations that encourage experimental collaborations; that champion community engagement and that look to the rich history of the area and engage with Quandamooka peoples and artists.

The CREATE EXCHANGE project will launch in 2024 with First Nation artists Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael. Mother and daughter artists Sonja and Elisa Jane are Ngugi women of Quandamooka, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Moreton Bay (South- East Queensland).

For the exhibition Ngumpi, the duo has drawn inspiration from the many stories connected to Quandamooka weaving, celebrating the resilience of tradition today through intergenerational expressions of saltwater Country and identity. Their work centres on ancestral knowledge, matrilineal connections and ongoing relationships to the sands, lands and sacred waters of Quandamooka, symbolic of contemporary caring for Country, nurturing and healing, and connection to all living things.

The artist-residency style exhibition will also feature several engagement activities that will see the gallery used in different ways such as an artwork-in-progress in collaboration with community, yarning circles and a weaving and reading room.

CREATE EXCHANGE is supported by Haymans Electrical and Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

RAG, Cleveland


Image: Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael 2023
Photo: Louis Lim. Courtesy of the artists and Onespace.