Jabu Birriny, meaning ‘land’ and ‘sea’, celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people. Located on the shore of Cape Grafton in Far North Queensland, Yarrabah is the traditional Country of the Gunggandji people. It is a dynamic Aboriginal community surrounded by tropical native bushland and mountain ranges united by sandy coastlines and coral reefs.
The Jabu Birriny (land + sea) exhibition was developed by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in partnership with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct (YACP). Jabu Birriny (land + sea) was on display at the SLQ from October 2017 to March 2018. The YACP artists are Philomena Yeatman, Michelle Yeatman, Valmai Pollard, Edna Ambrym, Ruben Ambrym, Eric Orcher and the exhibition includes also independent artist, Elverina Johnson.
The exhibition will tour mid 2019 – 2021 with a full suite of public programs, thanks to Arts Queensland via the Playing Queensland Fund.
Jabu Birriny (land + sea) began its tour at home at the Menmuny Museum Gallery, Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct.
image: Edna Ambrym Mayi Bugamm – Sea, two plate colour etching 2017
The Jabu Birriny exhibition was developed by State Library of Queensland in partnership with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct.