Art dealer/business (Indigenous owned/operated)

Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation

Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation is the trade mark owner of the trade mark “ART GANG” under trade mark number 1122896. Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation is also the trade mark owner of trade mark “LOCKHART RIVER ART GANG” under trade mark number 1122895. IP Australia has recorded the assignment of rights to Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation effective 7 November 2016. Details of our trade mark can be viewed using the Australian trade mark search on Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation is a prominent Indigenous Australian art centre located on the eastern side of the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Lockhart River Aboriginal community is 850 kms north of Cairns and is nestled between Quintel Beach and nearby lush lowland rainforest, which has a magnificent bird life that draws watchers from across the world. The beach has panoramic views and features as a common thread in the artists’ work. The main Aboriginal languages of the Lockhart River region are a group of closely related dialects with Kuuku Ya’u, Uutaalnganu and Umpila from the coastal regions, while the inland dialects are Southern Kaanju and Northern Kaanju. There is also the Wuthathi language group from the Shelburne/Margaret Bay region. Lockhart Creole is the home language in the Lockhart River community. Lockhart River Arts Centre was established in 1995. The establishment of the Art Centre was influenced in part by a group of young artists just out of school who together became known as “The Art Gang”. The artists of Lockhart River Art Centre have been recognized for many years both nationally and internationally as “The Art Gang”. Painters, weavers and crafters at the art centre include “The Old Girls”, a respected group of elders who have also taken the art world by storm with their vibrant artworks. Their works is amongst the country’s most collectables. Also included are younger contemporary artists who have been the recipients of art prizes and awards, and whose works are included in major public and private collections. Some of the artists have passed on overtime but their legacy, traditional values and cultural heritage has left a footprint through their artworks, most of which have been sold out and are now in public and private collections. The Art Centre continues to encourage, work with, promote and represent indigenous Lockhart River artists and their diverse range of artworks through paintings, ceramics, prints, basket weaving and other traditional craft works. The Art Centre has established active working relations with galleries both nationally and internationally to exhibit and showcase Lockhart River Arts. Commonwealth and State Government Funding Support The Art Centre currently receives substantial Commonwealth grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts under the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program. The purpose of the grant is to support a professional, strong, and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry, with strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The grant is provided to contribute to the grantee’s operational costs and to enable the grantee to employ Indigenous art workers. The Art Centre also receives current solid funding from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Department of the Premier and the Cabinet. Funding support is through three (3) program streams; Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA), Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS) and Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF). Arts Queensland also provides funding for Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation annually to prepare and participate at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). Arts Queensland recently introduced funding for capacity building and will support the Art Centre in this new program.


Piiramo Street
Lockhart River, QLD 4892

opening hours

Wet Season - January to April, Monday to Friday 9am-3pm.
Dry Season - May to December, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.
Sunday, please email to arrange opening.
Free entry.

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