Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Different Signposts Point Way to the Future

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Different Signposts Point Way to the Future

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A COUPLE of hours south of Tennant Creek, about four hours north of Alice Springs. The red sands of the Tanami Desert are a long way from the lush sub-tropical climate of the Sunshine Coast.

It's even further from the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing. Yet that's where Noosa artists Ian Grieve and Judy Hall-Grieve have been for the past two years.

The couple have been working in the community of Ali Carungteaching but at the same time learning. Learning about living in such a different landscape, learning about the need to change the way we look at the heart of Australia and the people who live there.

Ian and Judy's role has been to set up art tourism for the community-owned gallery. It's a 100% non-profit project with all of the proceeds going back into the community.

Two art centres have been established with a pottery studio coming on line this year, the kiln having been donated by a Sydney benefactor. There are artists who paint on canvas and artifact makers who create spears, woomeras, coolamons, shields, nulla nullas, music sticks C*

even the No.7 fighting boomerang which is specific to the area.

Ian was the first Australian to lecture at the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing. He was commissioned to paint the portraits of former Queensland premiers Russell Cooper and Mike Ahern, and has represented Australia as a finalist in the World Ceramic Competition in Kanazawa, Japan. Judy is an artist, writer and teacher of art.

In the central Australian desert they have learnt about hunting, gathering and traditional bush tucker. Judy has been documenting this as well as about bush medicine.

Back on the Sunshine Coast last week for a flying visit, they said the biggest problem in central Australia is the lack of education opportunities and the high level of unemployment. Judy has been mentoring a young girl, Tisha Corbett, through Charles Darwin University in a business degree. She was nominated for the Northern Territory Young Achiever award.

Ian has been establishing the pottery as well as running the art centres. He has been training the community members to take on maintenance of the centres and galleries as well as getting teaching the skills needed to take on the management. …

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