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A Place Based Contemporary Art Festival
1-18 August, North Queensland, Australia

Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook

Art, Food & Studio Tours

Discover stories of Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country with an exclusive PUNQ Tour. Crafted specifically to celebrate the place-based works of the PUNQ Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country program, each tour will have an engaging itinerary of major new commissions, exhibitions, studio tours and local cafes. Witness the land and histories of the region through firsthand encounters with the locals and artists.

Your journey begins with scenic landscapes and glimpses of the PUNQ billboard exhibition, Waymaker. A tour stop highlight will be Stirring Histories, a major public art installation by artist Alison McDonald at TYTO Regional Gallery. This site-specific, kinetic artwork takes visitors on a journey through the layered narratives of North Queensland's sugar industry. Within the gallery, the 9th Birdlife Art Awards Exhibition celebrates the Hinchinbrook region’s local birdlife and artistic talent.

Each tour also features a viewing of Kiri-Edo: The Japanese House, a stunning paper-cut installation by Japanese-Australian artist Elysha Rei. This site-responsive work honours traditional Japanese aesthetics and intertwined histories in the oldest and finest known pieces of Japanese architecture in Australia. The tour continues with a showcase of local artistic legends. Discover the works and studios of David Rowe, Helen Thrift Brookes and Louise Plint (Elements Studio), and witness the creative energy of Ingham Art Action Inc.'s Mudslingers Crafternoon exhibition and studio. Finally, savor a delicious local meal at JK's Delicatessen, with the historical Mercer Lane Mosaic located just outside.

Tour times and itineraries vary depending on the date of your booking so please read closely before selecting.

Tour Details

Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country Hinchinbrook: Art, Food & Studio Tours

$50 per adult ($40 concession) | $40 per child | Day tour | 33 bookings maximum | 8+ (Children under 8 years are not able to attend due to seating restrictions).

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Itinerary

Sunday 11 August 2024: 

  • 9:30am Meet at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders St
  • 10:30am TYTO Gallery and Stirring Histories [site-specific installation] and Artist Talk 
  • 11:15am David Rowe [studio tour] 
  • 11:45am Helen Thrift Brooks [studio tour] 
  • 12:00pm Louise Plint [studio tour] 
  • 12:30pm Kiri-Edo: The Japanese House by Elysha Rei 
  • 1pm JK’s Delicatessen [lunch] and Mercer Lane Mosaic
  • 1:30pm Bus back to Gurambilbarra / Townsville 
  • 2:30pm Arrive back in Gurambilbarra / Townsville 

Sunday 18 August 2024: 

  • 9:30am Meet at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders St
  • 10:30am TYTO Gallery and Stirring Histories [site-specific installation] and Artist Talk 
  • 11:15am David Rowe [studio tour] 
  • 11:45am Louise Plint [studio tour] 
  • 12:15pm Kiri-Edo: The Japanese House by Elysha Rei [tour and artist talk] 
  • 1pm JK’s Delicatessen [lunch] and Mercer Lane Mosaic
  • 1:30pm Bus back to Gurambilbarra / Townsville 
  • 2:30pm Arrive back in Gurambilbarra / Townsville 
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PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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PUNQ is produced by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Townsville City Council is a funding partner of PUNQ.