Step into a world of colour, stories and ancient indigenous culture at Dreamtime Kullilla Art. Located on the Redcliffe Peninsula, this family owned Indigenous art gallery and retail shop stocks quality, genuine, royalty-paid Aboriginal art products, so you can shop with confidence.
You will enjoy browsing the diverse range of ethically sourced and honestly priced products from keyrings, tablecloths, laptop bags, coffee cups and jewellery to “proper” boomerangs, books, maps, bush tucker and medicine. Perfect for gifts or souvenirs.
Meandering up the stairs from the retail shop, you will discover the Dreamtime Kullilla Art Gallery and the studio space of resident artist and business owner Michael Connolly.
Michael Connolly is an Aboriginal from Charleville, south west Queensland and a descendant of the Kullilla Tribe from the Thargomindah and Eulo region on his Father’s side and from the Muruwari People from Goodooga and Brewarrina region of north-west New South Wales on his Mother’s side. With this rich Indigenous background and a unique way of interpreting his cultural heritage, Michael is able to represent a unique perspective in the visual and performing arts that informs his significant work in cross cultural contexts. He is also an accomplished didgeridoo player and performer! Read more about Michael here.
Michael uses the artist name of Munda-gutta Kulliwari which means ‘you know me before you see me’.
Visiting the gallery space of Dreamtime Kullilla Art Gallery is a truly immersive cultural experience. Michael or a member of staff is on hand to walk visitors through the stories behind the work and are happy to share the cultural background of each artist exhibited, in addition to Michael Connolly’s work.
Stephen is a Contemporary Aboriginal Artist, meaning his paintings don’t have the stories behind them as with Traditional paintings. Stephen grew up not knowing his Aboriginal heritage, his family had some idea but, due to the times, it was taboo to say you were Aboriginal. Inspiration for his work is from country, having travelled far and wide across Australia, meeting and learning from local Indigenous people. He fully respects the elders who have given him permission to paint the symbols, patterns and colours that he uses. Read more about Stephen here.
“As an artist I wish to bridge the gap between the here and the ancestors who are depicted by the dots and their traditional stories. Creative expressions come from a place deep within the realms of consciousness; everyone is an artist in some way or another! Personally, I feel as though I’m just the receiver of information which I then translate through various artistic practices. These works come through me... not from me! I want others to be inspired to find their own artist within. I feel it is my duty as an artist to share these stories by, creating images for people to connect with.” – David Miller
Raymond Browne was born in 1962 in New South Wales. He is from the Kamilaroi tribe and now lives on the Gold Coast Queensland. Ray has been painting since the 1990s and creates beautiful paintings on many mediums. His artwork stories are a tribute to the early learnings of childhood - the respect for the land and the animals - the hunting and gathering - the journeys - important teachings which are ingrained at an early age
Brendon Porteous was born in 1973 in New South Wales. He is from the Kamilaroi tribe and now lives on the Gold Coast Queensland. Brendon has been painting since the 1990s and creates beautiful paintings on many mediums. His artwork stories are a tribute to the early learnings of childhood - the respect for the land and the animals - the hunting and gathering - the journeys - important teachings which are ingrained at an early age
As a recognised Australian Indigenous Leader, educator, artist and didgeridoo performer, Michael Connelly offers immersive Aboriginal cultural experiences for bus, school and tourist groups.
Contact Dreamtime Kullilla Art to book a dance or didgeridoo performance, bush tucker workshop or a cultural walk with Michael.
Unit 1/349 Macdonnell Rd, Clontarf QLD 4019
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