Balarinji Managing Director, Ros Moriarty, said, “Aside from the facade being a beautiful piece of artwork, this project has brought the community together. The sea, sky and turtle stories reflect the rich cultural belonging that people on Palm Island share.”
“The art process gave local artists the chance to work on something larger scale and more publicly visible than they’d previously had the opportunity to be involved in. Our objective was to ensure the project gave the artists experience that would support their careers into the future,” Ms Moriarty added.
The Bwgcolman Retail Centre is the first stage in a three part retail precinct for the community which also includes plans for a supermarket, council offices and a tourist information centre/gallery space.
Through this project, a group of artists have come together to create the Palm Island Arts group, which successfully tendered on the creation of an art workshop and gallery in the new building with the backing of A. Gabrielli Constructions. They look forward to showcasing their work and culture to a broader audience with the launch of their website and gallery later this year.