Alison Murray in National Indigenous Ceramic Awards 2016 Alison Murray with two of the 10 bagu she completed for the 2016 National Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards. Photo Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Alison Murray is one of seven artists/artist groups nationally who were shortlisted for this year’s National Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards held annually in Shepparton every year.

Represented by the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre Alison travelled to Shepparton last Saturday night with Art Centre Manager Dr Valerie Keenan for the awards ceremony.

Alison met with other artists who were included in the exhibition and attended a number of masterclasses and panel sessions during her visit.

“My visit to Shepparton was exciting,” Alison said.

“Before I went I was really looking forward to see how the bagu were being presented because we were using a different hanging system.

Once I saw them I thought they were very well displayed and fitted inw ell with the six other displays in the exhibition.”

The major prize was awarded to Shepparton based Gallery Kaiela artists Jack Anselmi and Cynthia Hardiw with a large floor installed ceramic, raku, porcelain and terracotta ‘Midden’.

This is not the first time Girringun artists have been represented in the art prize with a group of artists included in the 2011 exhibition which later toured to the Flinders University Gallery in Adelaide.  The artists at that event were Maureen Beeron, Sally Murray, Trish Beeron and Eileen Tep.

“Inclusion in an exhibition of this calibre clearly demonstrates the creativity and talents of all the artists who work at the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre and particularly, in this case, of Alison Murray,” Girringun Art Cemtre Manager Valerie Keenan said.

“Other examples of her sculptural works were most recently showcased at the Salon des Refuses with a trio of Bagu in Darwin and earlier this year with a large sculpture included in an outdoor installation which is currently on display in Monaco, Valerie Keenan said.

Alison is one of two Queensland artists included in current exhibition in Shepparton.

Artists were invited to submit proposals for the Shepparton awards so Alison decided to create works which reflected on members of her immediate family to create 10 figurative artworks.

Once the proposal was accepted she then had a relatively short time frame to create the works in time for shipment to Shepparton in July.

Her attention to detail, understanding of colour balance and pattern making have resulted in a collection of beautifully defined and rendered works, each a masterpiece in itself.

Alison is a quiet achiever and deserves every accolade which comes her way.”

Alison Murray with two of the 10 bagu she completed for the 2016 National Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards.  Photo Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Alison Murray with some of the 10 bagu she completed for the 2016 National Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards. Photo V Keenan Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Queensland Governor visits Girringun

 The Governor Visits Girringun

The Governor of Queensland Her Excellency Penelope Wensley met the Bagu on the Foreshore artists Charlotte Beeron and Eileen Tep in February in Cardwell. She was very impressed by the large works and promised to let everyone know about the great artworks which originate in the Girringun region as she travels around the world. Girramay Elder Claude Beeron welcomed the Governor on country. Together with the CCRC Mayor Bill Shannon, Ms Wensley later visited the Girringun offices and was introduced to all available staff and shown around the premises. Claude presented Ms Wensley with a small Bagu with Jiman made by Charlotte Beeron and she promised to compare notes with Prince William who was presented with a Bagu with Jiman after Cyclone Yasi.


Bagu on foreshore, Cardwell: Eileen Tep, Charlotte Beeron, Her Excellency Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley & Girrimay Elder Claude Beeron.

Visit to the University of Queensland

  Visit to the University of Queensland

A day was spent with Dr Sally Butler at the University of Queensland where we talked about our ongoing relationship to support interns at Girringun and met our next intern Lucy Hancock MA who spent March and April at Girringun. We also spent some time viewing the Exotic Lies Sacred Ties exhibition by Dani Mellor who has worked with Ernie Grant, a Jirrbal Traditional Owner, from this area. Sally presented several of the exhibition books to Abe and Emily and for the art centre. One of Tonya Grant’s jawun is included in one of Dani’s works. We then adjourned to a pre-arranged visit to the anthropological museum to look at their collection of baskets from our area and were taken into the storage area to view rainforest shields and cross boomerangs.

Anthropological Museum at the University of Queensland looking through the collection of traditional baskets: Abe Muriata & Emily Murray

John’s Stories

The exhibition John’s Stories by John Murray is a combination of work based on personal experiences and traditional story telling. A series of on-on-one story telling sessions with Elders of the Girramay and Jirrbal peoples has provided inspiration for this exhibition. The stories, handed down from the wiggy (old people) are steeped in Aboriginal culture and mythology and are significant to Girramay and Jirrbal country. The Elders and family members worked with John to help him learn about and understand traditional stories which he has translated in his very particular pictorial style.
John is a Girramay Traditional Owner and is thirty years of age. John is physically disadvantaged and has found a focused way to communicate with the world through painting and ceramics.
He began his creative journey in 2008 attending workshops at the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre and very quickly began to express his life experiences through visual representation. John’s bright and naively direct work brings to life the pleasure he takes in fishing, camping and living within a rainforest environment. His work presents visual imagery of camping trips, places he has lived at or visited, the Bathurst car races (which he loves) and more.. John’s Stories was first exhibited in 2010 as part of the KickArts Hatch Program supported by Arts Queensland Industry Initiatives.
His work has been Selected to tour Queensland in 2012, a regional tour will further bolster the John Murray’s confidence and pride, reflecting positively again on Girringun’s supportive role in developing artists’ careers.
Art Work by John Murray 2009John Murray at Murray Falls workshop 2011Canopy Art Exhitibition 2010John Murray with his Map to Kyambul 2011

Jam Factory Djigabina Muddi Muddi

Artists working with the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre have had another successful exhibition opening at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Gallery in Adelaide. The exhibition featured ceramic Bagu uniquely made by Artists Theresa Beeron, George Beeron, Nephi Denham, Nina Andy, Eileen Tap, Sally Murray, Alison Murray, Betty Andy, Daniel Beeron, Debra Murray, Nancy Beeron and Nancy Cowan.
Artists Eileen Tap and Alison Murray travelled down to be apart of the launch in Adelaide.

Merenda Gallery of Fine Arts 2011 Girringun Guni Mara ( a long way from Home)

Small Jawus by Tonya Grant  Bunyaydinya Bagu Artists include Alison Murray, Trish Beeron, Sally & John Murray , Marley Beeron Windy Season By Ninney MurrayJawus made from Recyled Material by Daniel Beeron

The Contemporary art work exhibited in the Merenda Gallery in Fremantle was the first Western Australia experience for the Girringun Artists.
A selection of Bagu, painting & weavings were show to appreciated audience.
Artists Theresa Beeron and Grace Reid attended
Artists represented in the exhibition were Ninney Murray, Daniel Beeron, Emily Murray, Grace Reid Eileen Tap, Theresa Beeron, John Murray, Tonya Grant, Nephi Denham, Nancy Cowan, Sally Murray, Charlotte Beeron, Trish Beeron, Marley Beeron and Allison Murray.

Across Country: 5 Years of Indigenous Australian Art Collection 2011- 2012

Artist from Girringun Aboriginal art Centre are represented in Across Country: 5 Years of Indigenous Australian Art currently on exhibition at GOMA (gallery of modern art, Brisbane).
The exhibition features work from the QAG (Queensland Art Gallery) Indigenous Australian collection. Artwork includes fibre weaving, ceramic pots and the highly collectible Bagu with Jiman Ceramics which come to fame at the 2009 CIAF (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair).
Bagu with Jiman are a contemporary response to the traditional fire making implements of the Aboriginal people of the rainforest in the Fair North Queensland.