Aboriginal art from Urandangie exhibits in Mount Isa

DESERT BORDERS: Thrilled with her find, Christine Mann holds up her newly purchased painted map of Australia. Photos: Esther MacIntyre
DESERT BORDERS: Thrilled with her find, Christine Mann holds up her newly purchased painted map of Australia. Photos: Esther MacIntyre

Around 200 pieces of authentic North West Queensland Indigenous art are currently on display in Mount Isa, until August 26.

Friends of Urandangie present ‘Desert Borders’ art show in the old Playtime building on the corner of West Street and Isa Street.

The collection is entirely up for sale, and features around 140 paintings on canvas from various desert dwelling artists, many of which have been snapped up early.

More than 50 authentic artefacts are also up for grabs, including a 130-year-old piano from the original Urandangie pub.

Urandangie publican Pam Forster is responsible for the collection, which has been building up in a cupboard for the last decade.

“People come in and need money for fuel and food and whatever, and sell me the paintings,” Ms Forster.

“I would hate to say how many I’ve had over the 10 years,” she said.

Ms Forster has given away many paintings to charity, but still has plenty in her collection.

Local historian and friend, Kim-Maree Burton, suggested they hold an exhibition and art fair in Mount Isa to display and ultimately re-home the artworks.

Ms Burton has been working hard to display each work in the large space, while Ms Forster has paid for the framing.

Ms Forster expects to buy more paintings from artists travelling through after Mount Isa Rodeo.