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Acclaimed Indigenous Artist to Hold Exhibition and Workshops


Local primary and high school students will get a special opportunity to meet, create artworks with and be mentored by renowned young female Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton, who originally hails from Mount Isa and whose paintings have been exhibited around the world.


On Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday, October 24, Chern’ee will host the workshops at Outback at Isa. The workshops are available by pre-registration only, by contacting Outback at Isa.


On Tuesday, October 22, Chern’ee and her sister, Brooke, will also be at the opening of their “Two Kalkadoon Sisters” combined exhibition at the Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery within Outback at Isa. The opening night is an invitation-only event.


The exhibition will feature 27 of Chern’ee’s pieces, and 12 of Brooke’s, and will be at the gallery until January 15, 2020. Most of the sisters’ pieces on display at the exhibition will be available for purchase.


Chern’ee’s many achievements and accolades include one of her paintings being included in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace after being gifted to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; being an Australia Day Ambassador for Brisbane, Barcaldine and Charters Towers; and being commissioned to create artworks for the Australian Defence Force, Australia Day Council, Dreamworld, and Bundaberg Regional Council.


She has also been awarded the NAIDOC National Youth of the Year Award for her contribution to the arts community.


Exhibitions of her artworks have been held in London, Singapore and across Australia.


“Chern’ee is a proud Kalkadoon woman and to have her here to create paintings with Mount Isa students, helping to foster and inspire the next generation of wonderful local artists, is fantastic,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.


“Chern’ee is only in her early 20s and has been acclaimed for her incredible talent and skill.


“Her paintings have been seen all over the world, so I know the students who take part in the workshops will definitely get a lot out of the time they spend with her.”


Chern’ee said she’s really looking forward to being back in Mount Isa, having the exhibition with her sister Brooke and catching up with family again.


“It’s going to be absolutely fantastic,” she said.


“The exhibition is going to feature a lot of special paintings, including a design I did for Borobi, the mascot of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, that was used on his hands and feet, as well as designs I did for the jerseys of the Indigenous All Stars rugby league team.


“There’s a very special painting I did for the Athletes’ Village at the Commonwealth Games – it’s 10 metres long and has the fingerprints of all of the athletes and dignitaries on it, including Prince Charles and Prince Edward.


“I can’t wait to share that with Mount Isa, too – it’s really special that it gets to go up there.”


Chern’ee’s richly detailed 3D dot paintings draw a lot of inspiration from not just Australian landscapes and native animals, but also Indigenous cultures, including her Kalkadoon culture and family stories.


The exhibition and workshops were made possible thanks to a grant from Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund.


For more information or to register for a place in one of the arts workshops for local students, please call Outback at Isa on 4749 1555.