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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
Weaving Water Stories
  • Thu 5 Apr 2018

    Sun 15 Apr 2018
  • Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Visual Arts Workshops World premiere

Weaving Water Stories | Freja Carmichael & Lisa Sorbie-Martin (AUS)

Let’s take a moment to celebrate water – the giver of life. It sustains us, replenishes us and connects us all. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weavers from the local area bring together their fibre practices to create an inspiring, large-scale installation. While you’re here, listen to water stories, take part in a weaving activity and add your creation to the artwork. 

About the Creators:
Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is an Independent curator working broadly across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts sector and has strong interest in traditional fibre practices and collaborative curatorial approaches. She has completed curatorial work with Redland Art Gallery, kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland and is a member of Brisbane based Indigenous curatorial trio, Blaklash Collective. In 2014, she received an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship and was awarded the 2016 NGA’s International Indigenous Arts fellowship. Recently Carmichael was awarded the inaugural Macquarie Group First Nations emerging curatorial award.

Lisa Sorbie-Martin, Moa and Murray Islands, Torres Strait Islands, Designer.
Lisa Sorbie Martin from the Moa and Murray Islands in the Torres Strait works is a painter and textile artist whose work has been included in a number of major group exhibitions including 'Great South Land' at the New Parliament House in Canberra in 1999.

Born in 1965, Lisa Sorbie Martin from Moa and Murray Islands in the Torres Strait works across the mediums of painting and textile. Her work was featured in the 'Great South Land’ exhibition at the new Parliament House in Canberra in 1999 and the 2000 exhibition 'Ilan Pasin’ at Cairns Regional Gallery. Her artist statement in the catalogue for the 2001 exhibition “Gatherings, Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland, Australia” explains that her inspiration “comes from three sources: culture and family; ocean and environment; my faith. My art reflects the positive and colourful uniqueness and beauty of all these.

Commissioned by Festival 2018.

Thu 5 Apr 2018 — Sun 15 Apr 2018
Thu 5 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Fri 6 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sat 7 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sun 8 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Mon 9 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tue 10 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tue 10 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wed 11 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thu 12 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Fri 13 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sat 14 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sun 15 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

-28.028072, 153.4343613

Old Burleigh Road
Broadbeach QLD 4218

Accessibility information

Wheelchair accessible.

Please refer to the detailed event information on the left for event-specific details on performances for The Whale’s Tale, The Lost Lending Library, Welcome to Sameville, Emil and the Detectives and The Listies Go For Bronze with Auslan translation.


Donna Page
Sonja Carmichael
Kim Williams
Kylie Caldwell
Sylvia Nakachi
Hannah Gutchen

Freya Carmichael, Curator
Lisa Sorbie Martin, Designer

Presenting partner of Broadbeach