Yeien, Yugambeh for rising tide, is a retail product range by gold coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists building sustainable arts practice and expanding cultural understanding.

The City of Gold Coast adopted a Culture Strategy 2023 in November 2013 that articulates a clear vision for the development of arts and culture on the Gold Coast. A key outcome uncovered in the development of the Strategy was the desire from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for an authentically Indigenous and distinctly Gold Coast retail label.

In response the City has worked closely with a group of six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists selected through an expression of interest process in late 2016 to develop a distinctly Gold Coast brand and pilot range of products to be released in late 2018. Early stages of product development include beautiful linen tea towels, limited edition artist prints, artist cards and a tote bag.

Yeien is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast.

Yeien is committed to fair and ethical trade and is a supporter of the Indigenous Art Code.

For more information regarding the Yeien project, product range and artists please contact us at cultural@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

The six talented Gold Coast artists participating in the Yeien pilot are Glenn Barry, Glennys Briggs, Joe Geia, John Graham, Lisa Sorbie Martin and Neville Torrisheba.

Glenn Barry has family connections with Gamilaraay — the First Nation peoples of Northern NSW/ SW Qld. Growing up on the Gold Coast, his art and stories mirror our sensory perceptions of being in this world and how identity may be held within each being.

Glennys Briggs is a Taungurung — Yorta Yorta woman from North Central Victoria, and has lived in the shared country of The Dja Dja Wurrung and mother’s people, The Taungurung just south of Bendigo. She believes stories, song, dance and art are all ways in which Aboriginal people express their culture and chooses printmaking to do that.

Joe Geia is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist, musician and singer/songwriter. His style comes from North Queensland, clearly revealing his Gugu Yimithirr/Kuku Yalanji (Aboriginal) and Kubin (Torres Strait Islander) ancestry. Joe’s art combines his heritage with a contemporary approach.

John Graham is a local Kombumerri/ Yugambeh artist from the Gold Coast. He has loved drawing since he can remember and believes the challenge for artists today is to dissolve boundaries and remain authentic. His signature pen and ink designs infuse Aboriginal with Western Abstract.

Gold Coast artist Lisa Sorbie Martin’s place of origin is both Mua Island and Murray Island in the Torres Strait. Her traditional name — Sorbie means ‘wild water cherry’. Lisa creates unique art works that tell a story through visual art, textiles, wearable art, ceramics and public art.

Neville “Torry“ Torrisheba is a proud Papua New Guinea born Djabera Djabera man. He began his journey as an artist in 2016. His art captures animals, marine life and nature with brush and sculpture, and ventures on an environmental awareness path.

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