Jirrbal / Girramay Traditional Owner
Weaver and Painter
Theresa Beeron is a Jirrbal and Girramay Traditional Owner of the North Murray Area. She is a holder of traditional knowledge and currently lives at Murray Upper, north-west of Cardwell.
Theresa was taught to weave the traditional baskets of the Jirrbal and Girramay people by her mother when she was young. She specialises in finely crafted mindi baskets made with special rainforest and river grasses. Theresa also creates the other traditional basket styles such as burrajingal and jawun from lawyer cane. As Theresa’s mother did, Theresa continues to pass on her weaving skills to the younger generations.
Theresa is also a painter and potter and her work reflects her Aboriginal heritage, traditional stories and the environment in which she lives. Her artwork is held in a number of institutional including Artbank, Sydney, and the Queensland Art Gallery and many private collections.
Theresa has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions and is regularly called on to run workshops, for cultural advice and to talk about her work.
2011 Across Country Five Years Of Indigenous Australian art, GOMA QLD
2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns
2011 Girringun Guni Mara, Merenda, Fremantle WA
2011 QR Tilt Train, Art + Place Project, Launched Cairns September 2011
2011 Dulgu-Barra Bagu, Umbrella Studios, Townsville
2011 Bunyaydinyu Bagu, Susanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Pay Attention, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 Telstra National A & TSI Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2010 Girringun, Hinchinbrook Art Gallery, Ingham
2010 Shalom Gamarada, Shalom College, UNSW, Sydney
2010 Girringun at Canopy, Canopy Art space, Cairns
2010 Girringun Yungull One Together, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Mundi – Big Mob, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre, Cardwell
2009 Marking Places, Kick Arts, Cairns
2009 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
2009 Murray Upper and Beyond, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre, Cardwell
2009 Girringun, Gallery Smith, Melbourne
2009 Jettison Wove, M & GS Touring Exhibition
2008 Blak Roots, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2008 Jettison Wove, Craft Queensland, Brisbane
2006 Wabu-Barra: Art from the Rainforest, Townsville Cultural Centre
2005 The Woven Purpose, CQ Gallery, Brisbane