Each year the James Cook University hosts an exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008.
Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include Reconciliation Week (May 27th to June 3rd), National Sorry Day (May 26th) and Mabo Day (June 3rd).
This year, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of the works of
Kara Uteb, Kara Nerkep
My Home, My Heart
(May 21st - June 10th)
The exhibition will be held on the ground floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, and is open to the public during Library opening hours.
Aicey’s artworks and other items from his gallery will be available for purchase.
Aicey Zaro was born in Ayr, North Queensland. His mother is an Aboriginal descendant of the Birri Gubba – Juru (the traditional people of the Burdekin area, North Queensland). His father is from Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Straits, which is the northern-most part of Queensland situated between the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Aicey has always loved to draw and paint, and over the years he has created his own unique style. With his Aboriginal and islander heritage Aicey has created a diverse range of art pieces in various media, including hand-painted silks, acrylic painting, hand-painted ceramics, hand-painted jewellery, and public murals. You can find Aicey's murals in Ayr, Home Hill, Giru (in the Burdekin district), Mackay and Sydney. His artworks reflect his love for the flora and fauna of the land and sea of Australia, which God has richly blessed.