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Baby Lady Apples

Esmae Bowen

Screen Print on Linen Fabric

135cm x 200cm


I love to paint native plants and flowers. When you see plants, and you’re so down and out, the beauty of that plant can lighten your day. A beautiful flower can put a smile on my face for the whole day. My fabric design is of baby lady apples – the flower, just before it turns into fruit. Lady apples only fruit in the early part of the wet season, around Christmas time. When I was a child we used to spend all of our Christmas at the beach. We didn’t have much to eat, but we used to love to eat the lady apple fruit, dipped in some saltwater. I like the taste very much, and even now, the sight of the lady apple reminds me of all the happy memories with my family and friends.




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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