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Sonja Carmichael

Sonja is a senior Quandamooka weaver.  In her practice, she draws inspiration from the many stories connected to traditional Quandamooka weaving and also explores contemporary materials and techniques – in particular, discarded ‘ghost nets’ and fishing lines – that directly respond to concerns about the preservation of the natural environment.

An active member in her community, she is a leader in the regeneration of Quandamooka weaving, passing on cultural knowledge and skills through workshops, exhibitions, and field research.

She has shown in group exhibitions, including: Mare Amoris Sea of Love (2023) Art Museum University of Queensland; TarraWarra Biennale: ua usiusi fa’ava’asavili (2023), Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria; Gone Fishing (2023), QAGOMA; Perspectives of Brisbane (2023), Museum of Brisbane;  The Space Between Us, Nuit Blanche, (2022) Toronto;  HEAT (2022), Redcliffe Art Gallery, Queensland;  Undertow (2022), Freemantle Arts Centre, Western Australia;  Dabiyil Bajara: Water Footprints (2022), Tanks Art Centre, Cairns;  Carriers of Memory (2021), Museum of Brisbane, Queensland;  Open Hands (2020), Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia ;  Long water: fibre stories (2020), Institute of Modern Art, national touring venues;  Legacy: Reflections on Mabo (2019), Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and national touring venues;  Australian Art Collection (2017), Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland; and Gathering Strands (2016), Redland Art Gallery, Queensland.

Her work is held in the collections of numerous galleries including the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, National Gallery of Victoria, National Museum of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Redland Art Gallery.


ANNOUNCEMENT | CREATE EXCHANGE: Ngumpi | Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael

Onespace artists and Ngugi women, Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael, celebrate their Quandamooka heritage and weaving practice in a stunning survey show at…

Washington DC Embassy | Sonja and Elisa Jane Carmichael Public Art Commission

We are delighted to share a selection of images of Sonja and Elisa (Leecee) Jane Carmichael’s public artwork commission by…

Sonja Carmichael | Vitrine Feature | Fish Lane Precinct

Currently on display in the busy oasis of Fish Lane is the work of Sonja Carmichael.

Sonja Carmichael & Elisa Jane Carmichael | TarraWarra Biennial 2023

Opening Saturday 1 April 2023 at the at the TarraWarra Museum of Art is the TarraWarra Biennial 2023, featuring Sonja…

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