Indigenous artist

Francoise Lane


Francoise Lane is a Torres Strait Islander woman whose maternal family are from Kerriri and identifies as both Meriam and Kaurareg. In 2013 Francoise developed Indij Prints inspired by her connection to the Torres Strait Islands. “I’m instinctively drawn to subjects whereby patterns can create their own ‘energy’ on a canvas. As an example ‘Sardines under the Wharf’ on a large canvas creates a visual play of movement, like the stylised fish are swimming.” She continues to create artworks and some are adapted to surface pattern around themes inspired by her family, Kerriri and the reef and rainforest of Tropical Queensland. With an interest in supporting indigenous arts and community Francoise undertook curatorial contract work with UMI Arts at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival’s Cape York Acquisitive Art Award 2017 and UMI Arts Gallery at CIAF 2018.

Indigenous language groups

Mer and Kaurareg