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Monday 15 July 2024

Yana Gair Le (Walk Together)

10 July 2021 - 29 August 2021

Yana Gair Le (Walk Together)

Gail Mabo, Shirley Dawson, Martina Ah Sam, Obery Sambo, Susan Peters Nampitjin, Michael Sailor, Bai Tapau, Alison Murray, Emily Murray, Ninney Murray and Nephi Denham

Martina Ah Sam, Waterholes, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 88 x 98cm.

This exhibition brings together contemporary works by First Nations artists from Countries and Seas across Australia who reside in North Queensland.

In the language of the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba people, Traditional Owners of Townsville, ‘yana’ means ‘walk’. In Meriam Mer, the language of Mer (Murray Island) people, ‘Gair Le’ means ‘together’. In this exhibition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists ‘yana gair le’ – walk together.

The exhibition was launched Friday 16 July 2021 along with Mel O'Callaghan's Centre of the Centre. A performance by Meuram Murray Island Dancers from Meriam nation drew audiences further into the exhibition. The dancers performed select Torres Strait Island dances led by Obery Sambo (see below). 

Visitors must comply with Umbrella’s COVID19 Safety Plan and directives, including updated governmental guidelines.

This exhibition is proudly presented as part of the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) 2 July – 1 August 2021.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts 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.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.