Celebrating NAIDOC Week

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the latest acquisitions in the Government House art are proudly being displayed, including two iconic Aurukun ku’, or camp dog, sculptures (pictured below with Gavel). 

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Purchased directly from the Wik and Kugu Aurukun Art Centre in Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula, Lucky Ku’ and Bullet Ku’ are carved from from Milk Wood by local artists Lex and Leo Namponan. Ku’ means dog in the Wik language.

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Patron of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, His Excellency visited the Aurukun Art Centre in the lead up to CIAF. He spoke with the artists (above picture) who explained the process of selecting, carving and painting the Milk Wood and showed him their works in progress, before viewing the magnificent artwork on display.

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The Queensland Art Gallery currently holds 13 camp dog sculptures by Aurukun artists in its collection.

By tradition, camp dogs belong to everyone in the community. It is fitting that these two will now find a home in “the people’s house”, Government House. 

Government House has on loan from the Queensland Art Gallery or in its collection a number of works by Queensland Indigenous artists. Many of these works were proudly on display during the NAIDOC Week reception hosted on 5 July by the Governor and Mrs de Jersey.