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Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Artist / Arts Worker / Youth performing arts worker

Living on Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins belongs to the Delaney and Martin families whose traditional lands include Quandamooka Country. A proud Nunukul, Ngugi and Gorenpul woman, Delvene has a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying Her PhD in Creative Arts through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Studies.

After living in Adelaide for ten years gaining experience and qualifications in youth health, arts work & working on events like Blak Nite and at Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts, Delvene returned to Minjerribah in 2012 to be near family and raise her children on Country.

Her own arts practice include textiles which designs are inspired by her family history and the beauty of the natural environment of Minjerribah; jewellery making from clay & items gathered from Minjerribah Beaches; and small ceramic items.

Delvene currently works on local arts projects and festivals including NAIDOC, Island Vibe Festival and its Community and Cultural Program. Workshops in items found on Minjerribah beaches to be created into jewellery are facilitated on Minjerribah or other locations if requested.

A local youth arts group was established by Delvene in 2012. The group perform on Country including Island Vibe (2012-ongoing) as well as on the mainland at events such as Stylin' Up. The group is currently preparing for the Pacific Tides Festival in August. An important aspect of Delvene's work is collaboration "I acknowledge that to facilitate a project successfully for the benefit of our local young people, a team of dedicated and skilled people is required".

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