There is so much great talent in Cherbourg and it was wonderful to see it being nurtured by, well-known Indigenous artist Gordon Hookey. He ran a two-day art workshop for local artists at the Ration Shed Museum. Gordon has exhibited his artwork globally and is originally from Cloncurry and is now based in Brisbane.
He travelled from Brisbane loaded with various art supplies. 12 local artists attended his workshop. It didn’t take long for some of the Cherbourg artists to work out and make the connection with his mob in Cloncurry.
On the first day artists used pastels, experimenting with various tones and shapes. Gordon worked alongside the artists and produced one of his iconic Kangaroos images. He seemed very impressed with the quality and energy of local artists. Gordon gave demonstrations of how to stretch a canvas. Some beautiful pieces of pastel work were produced.
On day two, Gordon introduced us to oil painting and it was wonderful to see so many artists working so enthusiastically with a new medium. Rocko Langton looked so at ease with his oil palette and easel. The only thing missing was the black beret! Gordon also introduced artists to a new technique of working with oils, wax and caustic soda. Many artists took to this new technique watching their artwork transform itself as the hot air gun melted the wax and colours mingled. Aunty Ada was hooked and produced a wonderful abstract piece of art.
We were all sad to see Gordon go and are hoping he will be back to spur us on. The artists are all keen to continue the work they have embarked on and we are working toward having an exhibition of local work at the Gympie Regional Gallery early next year.
This workshop was funded by the Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund – IRADF.