The Gallery is committed to creating opportunities to provide upskilling and technical and creative support to young and emerging artists in the region. To this end we are delighted with the successful outcomes of a mentorship project delivered by Naomi Hobson to young mentees in Coen.
While working on new photographs for her current exhibition at the Gallery, Coen-based artist Naomi Hobson mentored young artists in her community to produce a video entitled Resistance that explores issues of identity. Four mentees participated in the project - Madena Jaffer, Donna Creek, Puchaanu Creek-Rokeby and Mark Doolah-Thompson.
For the mentees, the title of the video, Resistance, is important. They explain:
In the face of an ever-changing world that predominately works against the interest of indigenous Australians we are stable in the face of this adversity. Despite these forces we will always remain strong.
Speaking about the experience of creating the collaborative video, Puchaanu Creek-Rokeby says:
It was hard work, but I really enjoyed working with everyone especially piinya Nammie (Naomi Hobson) using her camera to take photos I felt like a professional artist. It felt good to be telling a story in video it’s something I have never thought about doing or ever done before and I’m glad I did it.
Video: Donna CREEK, Puchaanu CREEK-ROKEBY, Mark DOOLAH-THOMPSON, Madena JAFFER, Resistance 2019, single channel video, 5:00 min. Courtesy Naomi Hobson
This project is an initiative of the Cairns Art Gallery and has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, and is supported by Kalan Enterprises, Coen, Cape York.