Highlighting the Lost Artists of Palm Island

Since launching the Lost Artists of Palm Island Exhibition late last month, some incredible stories have surfaced from the artists. One in particular that stood out to Sotir Kondov (Interim CEO of Campbell Page) was Anthony Joshua Bourne’s story.

Anthony was born in Townsville and moved to Palm Island when he entered high school. He started sketching at a very young age and so naturally, this continued throughout his teenage years.

I used to sketch in class so my teachers would get frustrated with me, but I couldn’t stop. – Anthony Joshua Bourne

Anthony started taking art more seriously when he was 21 and started painting at a local art studio on the Island. With the support of his family, Anthony aims to become paint nature and landscapes full-time and become financially independent.

Everyone is really excited about showcasing the talents of the Lost Artists of Palm Island - Sotir Kondov is particularly proud of what the community is achieving.

Pictured above is Sotir, senators and members of the CDP team attending the Arts and Culture activity, run by Campbell Page on Palm Island.

Everyone is really excited to show off the talents of the Lost Artists of Palm Island – Sotir Kondov is particularly proud of what the community is achieving.

The amazing thing about this exhibition is that it’s giving artists on Palm Island, like Anthony, a platform to display and receive recognition for their artworks.  – Sotir Kondov

On Friday 29th September, together with The Townsville Art Society, we launched the Lost Artists of Palm Island Exhibition.

The exhibition is displaying artworks from the 40+ tribes of the Palm Island and Bwgcolman people to showcase their talents in a way that has not been done on Palm Island before.

The month-long event will host artworks from popular local artists at the Art at the Jezzine Gallery seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm until October 27th. Click here to visit the event page.

To read more stories from the artists, check out the October Issue of the Palm Island Newsletter. 

We are really proud what the Exhibition is doing for the people of Palm Island – Sotir Kondov


At Campbell Page, we believe that no-one should be denied the opportunity of secure employment. Our Community Development Programme (CDP) is our remote employment and community development service. We have made it our mission to provide the Palm Island community with access to the opportunity of sustainable employment. To find out more about the work we do on Palm Island, please click here or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

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