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Maramaka Fig Tree – Red

Madge Bowen

Screen Print on Linen Fabric

200cm x 135cm


My tribal land is Bulgun (Kings Plains), and it was also my mother’s traditional land. My mother’s family lived there in the early days, and lived on whatever food they hunted for. They were content with what they had and happily lived a simple life. My fabric design represents that land – it is of a fig tree that grew there, on the banks of the Oaky River. I remember it very clearly from my youth – it was a very beautiful tree, I loved it. I feel it is very important to keep making art that represents my mother’s land. I lost her when I was eight years old, and I was sent to live in Hope Vale. This picture is a memory of my family; all of my art is. When I put my memories in my art, it is a way of keeping my family close to me, and a way to preserve the memories for my children and grand-children.




Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre

Based in remote Cape York, Queensland , the Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre was opened in 2009 as an open and accessible space for all Hopevale community members to pursue their interest in art, and to maintain the stories and traditions of the local Guugu-Ymithirr culture.

The Centre is often used for community events, meetings and private functions. It is open to the public Monday-Thursday, and throughout peak tourism seasons we run a range of workshops and public talks from the garden of the centre.  We sell a range of locally made arts and crafts through the attached Nganthanun Bmawi-Bayan Gallery.

The Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit Indigenous corporation managed by a small team of administrative staff and a Board of Directors. Board members are elected by the Hopevale community at the annual general meeting every November. The Board is comprised of six local leaders who work with the Manager to achieve strategic goals and ensure the Centre meets its goals to promote and preserve the traditional Guugu-Ymithirr culture.

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