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Dorothy Edwards

Made with Meaning - Cape York Art

Dorothy Edwards is a talented Kokoberrin artist from Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Her homelands on her mother’s and grandmother’s side are known as Pinnarinch and stretch between Staaten River National Park in the south and north to Nassau River, including Wyabba Creek and Dorunda Lodge area. The beautiful and remote lands of Pinnarinch encompass several important clan story places with Water Fairy being one of them.

Dorothy has always expressed an interest in creating art and has nurtured her children’s love for art from a very early age. Her artworks are colourful celebrations of traditional and contemporary life in Cape York. Whether it is collecting bush tucker or preparing for ceremony, the sheer enthusiasm Dorothy has for her culture always shines through in her artworks. In recognition of this Dorothy was presented with 2nd place for the Laura Art Award in 2012 for her work titled, Waterloo. Her first solo exhibition is currently on with UMI Arts Gallery in Cairns.

Dorothy says,

Making artworks connects me with my ancestors and my culture. I can remember being on country collecting bush foods or weaving with my aunties. Our families still do these things today and it’s through making artworks and practising our skills that things get passed on to the next generation. I’m proud of my children for being strong leaders and learning about their Kokoberrin culture so that is remains strong into the future.

Exhibitions

2021      Homelands, solo exhibition, UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

DAAF, Darwin Art Fair, UMI Arts Gallery NT

Freshwater Saltwater, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

You and Me, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

2020     DAAF, Darwin Art Fair, UMI Arts Gallery NT

Freshwater Saltwater, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

You and Me, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

2019       Freshwater Saltwater, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Women’s, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Cape York Art, Market at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

2018       Cape York Art, Market at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

You and Me, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Freshwater Saltwater, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Darwin Art Fair, UMI Arts Gallery NT

Connect Tradeshow Sydney NSW

Meeanjin Markets Brisbane QLD

2017      Cape York Art, Curated exhibition at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

You and Me, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Freshwater Saltwater, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Darwin Art Fair, UMI Arts Gallery NT

Pullman Exhibition, Cairns International Qld

2016      Cape York Art, Curated exhibition at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

You and Me, Curated exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Freshwater Saltwater, Curated Touring exhibition UMI Arts, Cairns QLD

Darwin Art Fair, UMI Arts Gallery NT

Pullman Exhibition, Cairns International Qld

2015      Curated exhibition, You and Me, Members Exhibition, UMI Arts, Cairns, QLD

Cape York Art, Curated exhibition July at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Pullman Exhibition, Cairns International Qld

Laura Festival, Cape York Art Award