Exciting three day art immersion set on Maranoa River to see creativity flow

The artists will camp at 22-Mile on the banks of the picturesque Maranoa River, which is a spiritual place for the local Gunggari people. Over 20 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from southern Queensland will share conversation and create art at the camp in memory of Aunty Irene Ryder.

At the end of the immersion, there will be a showcase of the work at the Mitchell Shire Hall. Artists will present their work made during the camp.

The camp will be held from Thursday, 5 July through to Sunday, 8 July and will see an exciting mix of digital media, filming, documenting or writing.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism, Arts and Heritage said the RADF funded camp is an opportunity for Indigenous artists to come together and create something spectacular.

"Inspired by NAIDOC Week, the camp will celebrate Indigenous women and the phrase 'because of her we can!'. The project will recognise and celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal women and Elders in relation to the spiritual and physical connections of the river," Cr Chandler said.

"It is wonderful to be able to pay tribute and support these artists with RADF funding seeing 14 artists travelling from Brisbane to support approximately 13 Maranoa artists."

"I encourage residents from around the region to attend the one-off art show created by these sensational artists."

On Sunday, 8 July, residents can visit a showcase of work which will include video/still image projection and a traditional Indigenous performance at the Mitchell Shire Hall. The showcase is open from 4 – 8pm and all are welcome to attend.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership across 59 councils state-wide.