Red Ridge Bedourie


A community mural designed and painted by (Anpanuwa) Joyce Crombie and Bob Wilson tells stories about Country and is proudly showcased at the Bedourie Visitor Information Centre.

"I have skills to share with the region and love the people I create with".
Bob Wilson, artist and maker.


Red Ridge supported Two Sisters Talking to develop and publish a Children's Talking Book.

Growing culture and learning.
The book was designed as a literacy tool for children who are beginners at school to encourage early learning in English and Aboriginal language.

"We consider it to be our responsibility to share our Aboriginal knowledge and culture to leave a legacy for future generations to connect with country and preserve our cultural language."
(Anpanuwa) Joyce Crombie, Artist Bedourie
(Aulpunda) Jean Barr-Crombie, Artist Birdsville.


Bedourie and Birdsville State School prep to Year 7 students benefited in many ways from an Artists in Schools program.

The Indigenous-led, experimental process saw students explore and experiment with visual arts disciplines such as canvas painting, traditional leather, large scale murals and ephemeral art about Dreamtime stories and connection to Country. A 'Children's Talking Book' was also produced to support language literacy learning.

Arts support culture and education.

Led by Aboriginal artists Jean Barr-Crombie and Joyce Crombie the program involved a flexible delivery method while, respectfully working with students, teachers and community volunteers. The experience also included a sojourn onto 'Country' collecting rocks and stones for public art and sharing local knowledge and culture.

He looked up after he plaited a key ring and said, "This was the best day of my life!"
-Student Bedourie State School.

Teaching the next generation

Creative Learning Circles

An initial experimental process, the Birdsville Create Circle explored and uncovered ommunity interest. The process allowed fifty-five participants to realise a variety of artistic skills, some for the first time!

The activities involved created an opportunity for everyone to be involved in creative projects while meeting personal interest. A 'Drop in Drop Out' space at the community hall attracted wide community participation while allowing individuals to fulfil other obligations during the day. Commencing with basic leather plaiting skills, participants were able to move forward into more complex tasks such as whipmaking.

Building new relationships.

Engaging community as family friends and colleagues of all age groups and genders, resulted in confirmed interest that allowed Red Ridge to deliver a series of workshops over the past 12-months.

New opportunities.

The opportunity to make local crafted products and a partnership with RESQ has opened up a new 'business' pathway for local people. Their plaited key rings and hatbands are now available for sale through the Visitor Information Centres helping to support ongoing activities. The interest in the leatherwork was amazing and overwhelming. The tutor was able to deal with the numbers of participants with the focus to engage all and meet the needs of individual interest.

Workshop feedback
"WOW – this was great can we do this again..."
"I didn't think it was going to be like this..."
"I learnt something that I had always wanted to..."
"It has taken me years to work that skill out..."

Children's Talking Book

Men's Creative Club