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

Friday 2 August - Sunday 18 August 24 hrs

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Squeak + Bubble

Bulbous, pink forms emerge from the granite tors (boulders) of Picnic Bay’s Nobby Headland, dripping down rock faces and slowly pulsing with an internal light source.

Disrupting the picture-perfect vista of Nobby Headland, the fleshy pink soft forms mimic the giant granite tors of the surrounding landscape. Once molten magma, 275 million years ago, the hardened granite has been sculpted by erosion exposing the distinctive round boulders that Yunbenun / Magnetic Island is famous for.

Echoing the molten rock in various stages of formation and entropy, the soft forms sprout between existing rocks and drip down surfaces. Where are they from? Are they popping up like fungi or have they fallen from the sky? Are they merging symbiotically with the landscape or getting ready to colonise it?

The idea that the island is under invasion hints at other unsettling events: introduced non-endemic creatures and plants upsetting the environmental balance; the colonisation of the area by European settlers and disrespect for Traditional Owners – and the literal influx of tourists, from Victorian times to the modern day.

The artists encourage viewers to make their own interpretations and experience the work visually and/or aurally, from the beach or the jetty, or even from a distance as they approach or leave the island by ferry.

About The Artist

Squeak + Bubble are creative collaborators Kit Holloway and Nora Gigney, who create immersive (sculpture and sound) installations that surprise and delight the viewer. Residing on Yunbenun / Magnetic Island, they collect and transform recycled materials into fantastical sculptures that ignite the imagination and disrupt the status quo.

Squeak and Bubble’s installations have featured at arts and music festivals and local galleries where they have delighted a diverse and inclusive audience.

Location Details

On the beach at Nobby Headland (near the Surf Club), Picnic Bay, Queensland, Yunbenun / Magnetic Island.

View the interactive PUNQ Art Trail Map for directions or experience as part of the Yunbenun / Magnetic Island Bus Tour.

Venue Accessibility

Duration: 24hrs.

This is an outdoor installation.

Pricing

This is a free event.

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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.