Billy Missi, ‘Ap aw Aidan | Food from the Garden’, 2000, vinyl-cut, printed in colour, matrix: 295 x 445 mm. Edition: artists’ proof, printer: Theo Tremblay.

Billy Missi’n Wakain Thamai

Museums & Galleries Queensland is seeking expressions of interest for a new touring exhibition, titled Billy Missi’n Wakain Thamai, in partnership with NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns.

About the exhibition

Billy Missi’n Wakain Thamai is an exquisite bilingual, retrospective exhibition honouring the artistic legacy of Billy Missi (1970 – 2021), a prominent figure in the establishment of the Torres Strait Island printmaking movement in the 1990s. 

Working with the family and friends of the late Billy Missi, the Curator, Russell Milledge, and NorthSite Contemporary Arts, presented Billy Missi’n Wakain Thamai, in Cairns in 2020.

Billy Missi is remembered as a prolific artist and proactive maintainer of language and culture for his people. Rare and never-before-exhibited monoprints and etchings are included in this exhibition, alongside iconic linoprints by the artist.

The exhibition presents contemporary Torres Strait Islander culture and customs, paving the way for audiences to appreciate the rich collection of images and stories that speak to the artist’s way of life and legacy.


Billy Missi

Tour dates

Available from 2024


Exhibition Development & Touring

Museums & Galleries Queensland

An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.

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