Painting Workshop with Elverina Johnson
Join celebrated artist Elverina Johnson for an intimate NAIDOC Week gathering as she shares stories and her personal journey as an artist in a talk, followed by a painting workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to share their own story through take-home art produced in the workshop.
Workshop materials will be supplied.
Places are strictly limited.
Elverina Johnson (Bunya Badjil – good woman) is a Kunganji Gurugulu Woman of Yarrabah on her Grandfather’s lineage and Idinji Gimuy on her Grandmother’s lineage. She is a direct descendant of King Menmuny of the Gunganji Nation of Yarrabah and a direct descendant of King Yinnie of Cairns.
Yarrabah Aboriginal community is located 60km south-east of Cairns and situated between the rainforest and the ocean with a population of over 4000 people. Elverina has been involved in the arts and creative industry for over 25 years as an artist in visual and performing arts, and as a manager of various projects throughout her community and abroad. She is also a performing artist in her own right and has performed as a singer for various projects including Yarrabah the Musical by Opera Australia, Yarrabah Brass Band Festival by Queensland Music Festival, and many more. She has been instrumental in bringing to life the history of the Yarrabah Brass Bands which became a major exhibition for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). A recipient of the Rona Tranby Trust Award and Smart Women Smart State Award for Community Innovation, Elverina has been a strong advocate for her community and for the rights of Indigenous people and has streamed her advocacy through her various art forms over the years.
In 2017 Elverina was awarded the National NAIDOC Artist of the Year. In 2018 she was awarded the Yarrabah International Women’s Day Woman of the Year and was a Finalist in the Cairns Business Women’s Award for Indigenous Business Woman of the Year.