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

Friday 2 - Sunday 18 August 24 hrs

Waymaker

Vicki Saylor & Pippa Samaya

Waymaker is a captivating art exhibition that celebrates the wisdom and strength of First Nations Elders of North Queensland using the ubiquitous and popular mode of commuter advertising, the billboard. Conceived and curated by Vicki Saylor and brought to life by photographer Pippa Samaya, Waymaker transforms everyday billboards into powerful platforms.

Following the success of PUNQ’s 2021 First Nations billboard Art exhibition, Both Ways, Waymaker is created in collaboration with ten Elders and Elder groups chosen through community consultation. Each billboard showcases a unique portrait co-created with the Elders themselves, reflecting a defining aspect of their life story and their immense contribution to our region.

This exhibition illuminates First Nations stories of the lands traversed between Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook through Wulgurukaba and Bindal Country / Townsville to Gudjal Country / Charters Towers, those creative portraits will elevate our Indigenous Elders’ stories into the mainstream and expand our national narratives.

This project is commissioned by PUNQ and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program.

About The Artist

Vicki Saylor is Manbarra Traditional Owner. Vicki is a passionate North Queensland local dedicated to collaborating towards achieving positive outcomes for the Palm Island community and Indigenous youths. Vicki has been actively involved in cultural engagement and as a community liaison for more than 30 years. She has worked across community, government, and private enterprise. Vicki feels humbled by the opportunity to have been raised with a responsibility to be a role model and representative for the community and the country she represents.

Pippa Samaya is a Gurambilbarra / Townsville based photographer/filmmaker with two overlapping specialisations of practice: dance/movement, and humanitarian documentary. Awards include two-time winner of the International 60 Second Dance Film Competition (Denmark/Finland), Two time winner of an Australian Dance Award for Excellence in Dance on Film, double win at the SALON exhibit at CCP (AU), Best Film at FAD Film Festival (US), The Berlin motion picture festival (DE), the International portrait film festival(BUL), Best Music Video at the NIMA awards(AU), finalist in the National Photography Prize(AU), the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, The Association of Photographers(AOP) (UK) awards and IRIS portraiture prize (PCP). Pippa has worked extensively with the dance and portrait industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Pippa’s humanitarian documentary work evolved from several years traveling with NGO One Voice to remote villages in India and Nicaragua, and a Syrian Refugee camp in Greece, documenting human experience and connection through co-creation.

Location Details

This billboard exhibition will feature ten billboards accross Gurambilbarra / Townsville, Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook to Gudjal Country / Charters Towers.

View the interactive PUNQ Art Trail Map for directions or experience as part of our Gudjal Country / Charters Towers Art, Gold and History Tour

Venue Accessibility
  • The Waymaker billboards are designed for safe viewing while traveling via car or bus.
  • Please do not pull over on busy roads or highways to get a closer look.
  • Enjoy the artwork from the comfort of your car while adhering to traffic regulations.
  • If you see a billboard you'd like to capture for a photo, prioritise safety by pulling over only at designated rest stops or safe viewing areas. 
Pricing

Free.

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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.