Drawing inspiration from weaving practices from Quandamooka Country, CREATE EXCHANGE: Ngumpi celebrates the resilience of tradition through intergenerational expressions of saltwater Country and identity over two venues in Cleveland: Redland Art Gallery, and RPAC Mezzanine (Redland Performing Arts Centre).

This collaborative artist-led exhibition featuring Ngugi women Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael showcases new and existing works in various mediums, including weaving, print media and sound. Their work centres on ancestral knowledge, matrilineal connections and ongoing relationships to the lands, plants and sacred waters of Quandamooka.

The works on show at the Redland Art Gallery predominantly tell the story of the importance of ‘ungaire’ (reeds). Ungaire has been gathered on spirited lands of Quandamooka for generations to make ‘gulayi’ (dillybags).  With a particular woven knot, these uniquely designed and woven gulayi are deeply connected to Quandamooka stories.

This exhibition is part of a three-year project collectively titled CREATE EXCHANGE which supports artist-residency style exhibitions and activations within the Redlands Cultural Precinct. Sonja and Elisa’s approach to CREATE EXCHANGE: Ngumpi is evocative of contemporary caring for and preserving Country, and how these stories relate to their shared connection to all living things.

CREATE EXCHANGE forms part of the Redland Art Gallery’s life-long learning program of meaningful activations that encourage experimental collaborations.

 CREATE EXCHANGE champions community engagement and looks to the rich history of the area and engages with Quandamooka peoples and artists.

Accompanying CREATE EXCHANGE: Ngumpi is a series of dynamic programs including a collaborative community engagement artwork, yarning circles, workshops and a making space.

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

RAG, Cleveland


Opening Event:
10am, Sunday 7 April 2024

Artist Conversation:
10am, Sunday 5 May 2024

Full workshop and event progam

Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael, Ngumpi (home) (detail), 2022-2023, ungaire, driftwood, talwalpin (cotton tree), mangrove bark dyed silk fabric, shells and string. Photograph by Andrew Curtis. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace.