Calling All Art Lovers: Straddie Arts Trail Showcases Minjerribah’s Best!

​Get ready to dive into the creative wonders of Minjerribah this winter, as the Straddie Arts Trail comes back with a bang from August 11 to 14. Hold on tight for four days of artsy awesomeness across the island, celebrating North Stradbroke Island’s sheer talent and culture.

But that’s not all, folks! Hold your popcorn, because the opening night is going to be epic. Picture this: an outdoor cinema experience with the acclaimed film ‘Flyways,’ telling the untold tale of migratory shorebirds facing extreme decline—yeah, they’ve got it all, even drama! Watch it on August 10, overlooking the bay where the shorebirds’ epic story begins.

Along with many open studios and creatives in their element, highlights include the inaugural Aunty Margaret and Uncle Pat Iselin Photography Award at the North Stradbroke Island Golf Club with more than $2000 worth of prizes. The North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah will curate a special exhibition displaying the artworks of Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal custodian of the land Minjerribah, and Elders will be supporting young aboriginal artists and makers at BiGii (sun) Gallery.

Straddie Arts Trail artist Tania Budd
Jennie Truman. I Am Straddie Arts Trail.

So, mark your calendars and start practising your best “oohs” and “aahs.” The Straddie Arts Trail is coming, and it’s going to be an artistic extravaganza like no other.

Oh, and let’s not forget the talented makers! Mahala Burns, the fabric print artist from the Nunukul, Ngugi and Gorenpul tribes, is here to bring the beauty of Bush and Sea Country right into your homes. Want more? Elizabeth Borey, the jewellery maker, will melt your heart with her ‘Gindi’ creations—handmade treasures from her beautiful Island home. And for you history buffs out there, Henk Dogger, the blacksmith, is resurrecting the 19th century with his restored tools and hardware. He’s their very own artistic time traveller!

Straddie Arts Trail artist Henk Dogge
Renata Buziak. I Am Straddie. Arts Trail.
Straddie Arts Trail artist Mahala Burns IMAGE Julie Sisco

The Straddie Arts Trail is coming!

As if that’s not enough, Koo Ballard’s miniature seascapes, Renata Buziak’s biochrome art, and Zoe Wolfe’s nature-inspired designs will have you saying, “Where have you been all my life?”

Be the first in line, folks, because places are limited! Follow @iam_straddie or hop over to iamstraddie.com.au for all the juicy details. You don’t want to be the one saying, “Oops, I missed it!”

Straddie Art Trail artist Renata Buziak - Cyanotype Workshop
Penny Gillespie - Curly Red Dog
Straddie Arts Trail artist Alan McKinnon

Guess what? This masterpiece wouldn’t exist without the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Hats off to Redland City Council for sponsoring the 2023 event!

So, mark your calendars and start practising your best “oohs” and “aahs.” The Straddie Arts Trail is coming, and it’s going to be an artistic extravaganza like no other. Let’s get those creative juices flowing, peeps! Meet Minjerribah’s finest artists and makers, and let the creative magic unfold.

Get ready for Straddie Arts Trail 2023. Visit iamstraddie.com.au.

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Written by Kerry Heaney

Meet Kerry Heaney, an intrepid gastronomic explorer, travelling the globe one delectable bite at a time. Drawing on two decades of experience, she unveils hidden culinary gems and palate-pleasing dishes for your indulgence. A seasoned writer and editor, Kerry's travel stories feature in print and online travel publications, and her food odyssey continues at Eat drink and be Kerry. Follow her escapades on Facebook or join on her latest adventures via Instagram. Kerry's passions include savouring oysters, indulging in art, embracing aquatic experiences, and delighting in new culinary discoveries every time.

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