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Some people are stories

Vincent Serico was born in Brisbane before being separated from his family at the age of four. During the 1950s he grew up on the mission at Cherbourg, Queensland. His mother was a Palm Island woman and his father was from Carnarvon. His stories are about living in different parts of Queensland, working, travelling, painting, and playing cards in old mission communities like Cherbourg, Palm Island, Mornington Island, Yarrabah, and Doomadgee.

Vincent’s art aims to acknowledge Aboriginal existence in a way that gives comfort, while recognising past pain, sorrow, longing and loss, and leaving a trace of them in the hearts of others.

In collaboration with FireWorks Gallery, Some people are stories includes an exquisite limited edition, bound folio; 20 framed print reproductions featured in the folio; and is accompanied by nine original paintings. This is the first major touring exhibition of Vincent Serico’s work since his death in 2008.

Some people are stories is a touring exhibition in partnership between FireWorks Gallery and Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. 

Exhibition Video

A conversation between Michael Eather and Marcia Langton, discussing the work of artist Vincent Serico featured in his 2009 folio, Some people are stories.

Tour Dates 2018

Childers Art Space (CHARTS), QLD: 12 June – 22 July 2018

Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah, QLD: 1 August – 27 September 2018

Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery, Outback at Isa, QLD: 10 October 2018 – 4 January 2019

Tour Dates 2019

Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela, QLD: 4 February – 17 March 2019

Nature's Powerhouse, Cooktown, QLD: 12 April – 19 August 2019

Artspace Mackay, QLD: 31 August – 3 November 2019

Pine Rivers Art Gallery, QLD: 8 November 2019 – 18 January 2020

Tour Dates 2020

Matthew Flinders Gallery, Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, QLD: 9 March – 5 April 2020 – cancelled

Wondai Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 11 July – 25 August 2020


Banner image above: Vincent Serico, Technology, 2009 (details). Folio print reproduction, archival inks on 300gsm Hahnemuehle rag paper, 86.8 x 62.5 x 3.5cm. Collection of City of Ipswich, Ipswich Art Gallery. Photograph by Mick Richards. Image courtesy of FireWorks Gallery.

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