North Queensland upbringing explored in new exhibition 'Work is a Healer'

Date published: 16 September 2020

“Work is a healer.”

These are the words that artist Shireen Malamoo’s mother would say to Malamoo and her siblings, reminding them that work ethic and religious devotion would help make their ancestors proud.

Now Malamoo’s exhibition Work is a Healer is opening at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery as part of the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) COVID Safe, echoing the sentiment that being productive during times of hardship, like the current pandemic, can bring solace.

The North Queensland-born artist explores her upbringing in the Pentecostal church as well as her South Sea Islander and Aboriginal heritage.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said it was an honour for Townsville to host Work is a Healer at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

“Shireen is an incredible artist, and this exhibition is a testament to her skill,” Cr Greaney said.

“As well as being an artist, Shireen has also worked as the Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and has been involved in the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Aboriginal Media Association and the Aboriginal Medical Service here in Townsville.

“When you visit this exhibition, it’s easy to see how Shireen’s life has influenced the creation of her artworks. This is an exhibition that is not to be missed.”

Work is a Healer will be shown from Friday 25 September to Sunday 22 November at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Entry is free.

For more information about the exhibitions, head to Shireen Malamoo: Work is a Healer.