INDIGENOUS ART CREATED BY THE ARTISTS OF WESTERN CAPE YORK, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.
Wei' Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts & Crafts Corporation supports creative arts in Western Cape York, extending to the Northern Peninsula; providing opportunities for individuals and communities to participate in the creation of contemporary and traditional fine arts and crafts.
Wei’ Num delivers arts and craft based business and professional development opportunities for artists (and also communities) living in Weipa, Napranum and Mapoon. In time, it is aimed to extend the services of the Corporation throughout the Western and Northern Cape York to the communities of Coen, Aurukun, Pormpauraaw and Kowanyama, and to the communities of the Northern Peninsula Area: Seisia, New Mapoon, Bamaga, Umagico and Injinoo.
Wei’ Num supports the growth and recognition of ‘the arts’ as an important industry, providing Indigenous communities with the capacity to provide education and training opportunities in arts practice and business, economic growth, cultural maintenance and retention, employment, and community engagement and pride.
Founded in Weipa in 2010, by five artists from Napranum, Weipa and Mapoon, Wei’ Num grew from an initiative that was funded in partnership with the Western Cape College, Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE and the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI).