The membership of Erub Erwer Meta – or Darnley Island Arts Centre in the Torres Strait – is formed by a small but expanding group of artists who draw artistic inspiration from their connection to totems, and from traditional and contemporary stories about the land, sea and family relationships.
Erub is one of the most remote communities in Australia, located 160km north east of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. This beautiful volcanic island, situated in deep turquoise waters on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, is home to approximately 400 Erubam people.
Erub Erwer Meta is a unique art centre in which visual art, broadcasting, music, performance and IT technology come together in the one facility. The art centre began 20 years ago as a craft group, Ekkilau, and from this groundwork, it now specialises in hand-built, wood-fired ceramics, printmaking and works on paper. It also creates jewellery, textiles, weaving and handcrafted dance ornaments.
The current members of Erub Erwer Meta are: Frank Mye, Ellarose Savage, Jimmy Thaiday, Sedey Stephen, Jenny Mye, Aaron Armitage, Racy Oui-Pitt, Florence Gutchen, Kapua Gutchen, Sarah Van Hooran, Sweeney Thaiday, Emma Gela and Maryanne Bourne.
Ares Le (warrior) detail 2012; wood-fired ceramic, mixed media; 135 (h) x 53 x 30cm; Courtesy Erub Art Centre
Ares Le (warrior) 2012 wood-fired ceramic, mixed media; 135 (h) x 53 x 30cm; Courtesy Erub Art Centre