Rising Tide

Project info

The inaugural Rising Tide Art Camp provides a necessary, timely and regionally unique opportunity to connect First Nations artists living and working on the Gold Coast to exchange ideas, creative processes and cultural knowledge across artforms.

The camp culminates in a supported ‘open studio’ style work-in-progress session whereby participants learn the ‘art of process’ on country, away from the busy, urban distractions and alongside like-minded experienced and mid-career First Nation practitioners. The Camp plays a critical role in the professional development of contemporary First Nations practice on the Gold Coast and will be hosted on South Stradbroke Island with the support and guidance of Traditional Owners.


Lead Artist

Dr Bronwyn Bancroft is a proud Bundjalung Woman and Artist. Bronwyn has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 3 decades and a Director of her own company Designer Aboriginals Pty Ltd since 1985. Bronwyn’s consistent and vast career includes major public commission designs, illustrating and/or writing of 41 children’s books, Fashion, Diploma of Visual Arts, Master Degrees and a Doctor of Philosophy.


Mentor Artists

Lisa Sorbie Martin from the Moa and Murray Islands in the Torres Strait, Lisa is an artist and designer, creating visual art, textile design, wearable art, ceramics and public installations. Her passion is inspired and drawn from her family, faith and culture, allowing her work to be enjoyed by all walks of life and across the various artistic mediums within her portfolio.

Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay area). Harward’s recent work is a combination of ephemeral installations and place-based sound and video work that engages directly with politically charged ideas of national and international significance.



Rising Tide was made possible via investment from the Federal Government, through Australia Council for the Arts, its arts, funding and advisory body.


Sky Weave’ installation by Lisa Sorbie Martin (Designer), Claire Freeman (Weaver), Erica Eurell (Weaver). Contributing Weavers Tarni Eastwood, Lola Harward, Emily Kafoa, Desert-Rain Magpie, Maureen Newton, Trisha Newton, Gabrielle Quakawoot, Tracy Ritson, Skye Shannon and Joyce Summers. | Image: Maleika Halpin