Arts & Crafts Centre
Wik and Kugu Arts Centre
The Centre acknowledges the financial support from the Commonwealth (Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support) and State Governments.
Akay Aoilia Women’s Arts Centre
Since the opening of the new Women’s Arts Centre in August 2015, a new partnership with Cape York Employment has seen women of all ages accessing the centre for daily activities in creative industries.
The Women Centre with the support of Arts Queensland funding through their Backing Indigenous Arts Program, has established a series of skill set and professional development workshops that will help build both the capacity of the arts workers and the centre. The Commonwealth Government continue to assist our Akay Aoilia women’s artists.
Wik and Kugu artists are currently exhibiting with Kick Arts Contemporary Arts in Cairns, where their work can also be found for sale in the Kick Arts Gallery Shop. Their work can also be viewed at Maunsell & Wickes Gallery at Paddington in Sydney; and Vivian Anderson Galleries at St Kilda in Melbourne. If you are visiting Palm Cove in Cairns, you are also welcome to visit the Pandanus Gallery.
Wik and Kugu Upstairs Gallery
The Up Stairs Gallery at the centre has a large range of stock currently for sale, if you are looking for that new and wonderful gift for a love one for Christmas. The gallery has a large selection of items for viewing and sale. You are also welcome to meet the artists in their workshop.
ARTIST: BEVAN Namponan
DATE OF BIRTH: 12th September 1963
CLAN GROUP: Apalech (Mother) – Apalech (Father)
LANGUAGE GROUP: Wik Ngathan (Mother) – Wik Alkan (Father)
HOMELAND STATE: Cape Keer Weer (Mother – Aayk, Kirke River (Father)
TOTEM: Fresh water Shark; Night Owl; Salmon (Mother) Kangaroo (Father)
Bevan has been working with the art center for several years. His work is to be found in many different collections such as the GOMA, gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of Bendigo and many private collections
2006 ‘Country in mind, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne
2007 “Puulway”, Wik and Kugu Totems. Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne
2010 “Befor time Began” University of Queensland, Brisbane
2011 Andrew Baker Gallery, Group show, Brisbane
2012 Alcaston Gallery, Group show, Melbourne
2012 Martin Browne Contemporary, Group show, Sydney
2013 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2013 Kinship, Cairns