Story Poles | Redcliffe Foreshore Art Trail


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Along the Redcliffe foreshore are a number of unique art pieces which combine to tell the story of Redcliffe's history in a creative public art trail.

The Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail guides you through a public art collection which reflects the unique character of the Redcliffe peninsula, as well as Moreton Bay Region's history and local notable historical figures. Integrated into the streetscape and landscape, these artworks collectively express a local dialogue between nature, culture and people.

Story Poles

Artist: Bianca Beetson

Medium: Stainless steel with LCD lighting

Date: 2011

Nestled in the gardens of Charlish Park you will find the Story Poles. These poles tell the traditional and contemporary stories of the local Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) people. These tales, both written and visual, have been used by the artist as design elements to represent notions of place and connection to country.

The design elements of the work are contemporary interpretations of traditional body paint designs and artefact decorations of the Kabi Kabi people, who are the traditional owners of the Redcliffe region. The text on the poles is written in both English and traditional Kabi Kabi language to recognise and acknowledge their role as traditional owners.

About the Artist

Bianca Beetson is a Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) Waradjuri (NSW) woman, Born in Roma Western Qld. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Visual arts at the Queensland University of Technology from 1993 – 95, completing her Honours in 1998. Bianca is currently a Doctorate Candidate at Griffith University, QLD College of Art.

Bianca has artwork displayed in public and private collections around Australia and overseas including Art Bank, QPAT, Redcliffe Art Gallery and Qld Art Gallery. Bianca was formerly a member of the ProppaNOW Aboriginal artists Collective between the years of 2004 – 2011.

When Bianca is not creating artwork she is a mother to her 2 boys, Native Title applicant for the Kabi Kabi Claim and works as the Program Director of Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art at the Qld College of Art, Griffith University.

Looking for more to do?

Make sure to see all the art pieces in the Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail.

Hungry after your trail trek, find a cafe in Redcliffe for a bite to eat.

Or, are you thirsty for more art trail fun? Explore the Windows of Woodford Art Trail


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