Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute (QAMPI)
QYAC had identified a series of projects within the ETS that they needed to develop but required project definition, engagement, design and detailed scoping.
We worked with the QYAC Board and their Land and Sea Committee to prepare a series of project briefs that would assist in prioritising which projects should be pursued and how to access funding.
A Quandamooka Knowledge Centre was included within the ETS but, through conversation, the idea evolved into a multi-purpose hub, providing space for community, performance and the display of artefacts. The centre was to have the dual purpose of providing a place for cultural practice and employment, as well as offering cultural amenity to island visitors.
In a document entitled the ‘Quandamooka Design Philosophy’ we distilled the elements of Quandamooka culture that were important to incorporate within the project; for instance, the use of local materials and the telling of land, sky, water and fauna stories. The landscape was as important as the design of the building.
"This wasn’t to be a kitsch nor figurative approach, but one which dignified and celebrated the 12 clans of the Quandamooka nation."
Construction of QUAMPI is due to start in 2020.
The process of transitioning from North Stradbroke Island to Minjerribah has been contentious and highly politicized. Our hope for this project is that it acts as a catalyst for a more reconciled and complete experience of the island.
Projects such as this one have the potential to shape a more inclusive and rich understanding of our country (link to KW’s article), whilst augmenting the financial capability of Traditional Owner organisations.