Lisa Michl Ko-manggén Biography

Born: 27th January 1977 in Cairns, Queensland

Language Group: Kokoberrin

Area: Central Western Cape York Peninsula

Homelands: Pinnarinch

Community: Cairns – Kowanyama – Normanton

Clan Story Place: Water Fairy

Totem Name: Ko-manggén

Lisa Michl is a celebrated Kokoberrin artist from Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Her homelands on her mother’s and grandmother’s side are known as Pinnarinch and stretch between Staaten River National Park in the south and north to Nassau River, including Wyabba Creek and Dorunda Lodge area. The beautiful and remote lands of Pinnarinch encompass several important clan story places with Ko-manggén being one of them. In language Ko-manggén means “saltwater catfish”. This totem name was given to Lisa by her great grandfather, the most senior Kokoberrin elder and lore man. Today the Kokoberrin reside mainly in Kowanyama, Normanton and other North Queensland communities where strengthening and maintaining cultural practice is achieved through a variety of activities.

Lisa has been creating visual arts for 18 years and over this time her works have been inspired by her memories of time spent on country with her Kokoberrin family. Aspects of the natural world feature predominantly in her work with expansive clay pans depicted or beach scenes with tidal foraging for bush tucker. Lisa’s artworks play an instrumental role in documenting and maintaining Kokoberrin stories for future generations. Over her career Lisa has maintained a successful aboriginal owned and operated creative enterprise. Much of her success can be attributed to the ongoing support from her family guidance from her elders and the mentoring she has received around business management and artistic skills development. Lisa is now a mentor and adviser to fellow emerging Indigenous artists of the Far North Queensland region.

Over her career Lisa has demonstrated a passion and dedication to building pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practitioners. Lisa’s artworks can be found in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House, Cairns Regional Gallery and ArtBank, as well as the Australian Embassy in Germany.  Lisa has exhibited her works in major Australian exhibitions including The RAKA Award, Story Place, Indigenous Art of Cape York, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

 

Exhibitions

2015      Delmar Gallery NSW

Existance 2015 Touring Exhibition

Pullman Cairns International Exhibition

You and Me Exhibition Umi Arts Cairns

Freshwater Saltwater Exhibition Umi Arts Cairns

2014      Curated exhibition August, Freshwater Saltwater, UMI Arts, Cairns, QLD

Curated exhibition August, Indigenous Art Fair, Shipping Terminals Cairns QLD

CIAF Cruise liner terminals, Cairns

Freshwater Saltwater Exhibition UMI Arts Cairns

2013      Curated exhibition August, Freshwater Saltwater, UMI Arts, Cairns, QLD

Curated exhibition August, Indigenous Art Fair, Shipping Terminals Cairns QLD

2012       Group Exhibition August, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

Group exhibition November, Post Card Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

Group Exhibition August, Pathways, Umi Arts Cairns, QLD

2011       Group Exhibition August, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

Group exhibition November, Post Card Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

2010       Solo exhibition August, Kokoberrin Country, Canopy Arts Space, Cairns QLD

Curated exhibition August, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

Curated exhibition August, Pathways, UMI Arts, Cairns, QLD

Solo exhibition February, Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA

2009       Group exhibition December, Summer Show, Hogarth Gallery, Paddington, NSW

Group exhibition December, Summer Show, Joan Winter Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

Solo exhibition October, Hogarth Gallery, Paddington, NSW

Solo exhibition September, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT

Curated exhibition August, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Arts Centre, Qld

Solo exhibition May, Returning Home, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QLD

Group exhibition June, UMI Arts, The Dreaming Festival, Woodford, QLD

Solo exhibition June, My Homelands, Daintree Eco Lodge, Daintree, QLD

2008       Solo exhibition September, Pinnarinch, Helen Maxwell Braddon, Canberra, ACT

Solo exhibition October, Pretty Pretty Shell, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC

Solo exhibition June, Stories of the Kokoberrin, The Dreaming Festival, Woodford, QLD

Group exhibition June, Festival of Pacific Arts, American Samoa

Group exhibition November, The RAKA Award, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, VIC

Group exhibition June, Joan Winter Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, QLD

Group exhibition May, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD

2007       Solo exhibition June, Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA

Solo exhibition September, My Country, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, NSW

Solo exhibition November, Bundarra Gallery, Port Douglas, QLD

Solo exhibition June, Old Spirits, Tanks Arts Centre Cairns, Qld

Group exhibition August, 24th Telstra National ATSI Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT

Group exhibition February, Opera House, Aboriginal Tourism Australia, NSW

Group exhibition November, Post Card Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

2006       Solo exhibition April, Earth’s Dust – Creation, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QLD

Solo exhibition June, Dreaming Story, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, NSW

Solo exhibition May, Clear Day, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD

Solo exhibition September, Returning Home, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Group exhibition June, Gatherings II, Kick Arts Gallery, Cairns, QLD

Group exhibition June, NAIDOC, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Group exhibition November, Post Card Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD

2005       Solo exhibition June, Pinnarinch, Andrew Baker Art Dealer Bowen Hills, QLD

Group exhibition August, 22nd Telstra National ATSI Art Award, MAGNT, NT

2004       Group exhibition Out of Country, Washington, D.C. USA

Group exhibition Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2003       Group exhibition May, Story Place, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia

Group exhibition June, Cape York + Torres Strait Art, QLD Art Gallery, Brisbane

Group exhibition Great Art Exhibition, Germany Grosse Kunstausstellung Dusseldorf, Germany

 

Professional Qualifications

2014 TAE and Cert IV in Business- Governance

2009       TNQ TAFE Banggu Minjaany Arts and Cultural Centre Advanced Diploma in ATSI Visual Arts

2000       TNQ TAFE Certificate in Workplace Training and Assessment

1999       TNQ TAFE Certificate V in Workplace Training and Development

1998       TNQ TAFE Certificate IV in Workplace Training

 

Affiliations

2015 – Cairns Regional Council’s Shield Street Alive Indigenous Reference Group

Cairns Regional Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee

2005 – 2016         UMI Arts

1994 – 2015         Kokoberrin Aboriginal Corporation

2015 Viscopy- resale Royalty Scheme

2015 Australian Indigenous Art Code

2010 – 2011         National Indigenous Arts Code of Conduct Advisory Group (NIACA)

Cape York Institute Board – Advisory Group to Griffith University

2009 – 2010         Cape York Leadership Academy

2008 – 2010         National Indigenous Arts Reference Group (NIARG)

2008 – 2009         Indigenous Environment Foundation

2008 – 2009         Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts Reference Group

2008 – 2009         Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts, Arts Market Steering Group

 

Awards

2011 Laura Art Award Major Prize

2009       Semi finalist, The RAKA Award, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, VIC

Semi finalist, Queenslander Awards, Art and Culture

2007       24th Telstra National ATSI Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT

2006       Award recipient, Yvonne Coen Indigenous Youth Art and Leadership Award, Wilin Centre, Victorian College of the Arts,

2005       Special mention, Yvonne Coen Indigenous Youth Art & Leadership Award, Wilin Centre, Victorian College of the Arts,

Award recipient, Heather Blair Award, Cairns Regional Gallery for production and presentation of fine art paintings

Semi finalist, 22nd Telstra National ATSI Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT

 

Grants

2009       Arts Queensland- Building skills and opportunities

2008       Australia Council- Presentation and promotion

2007       Australia Council- New Work

Arts Queensland

2006       Arts Queensland

Regional Arts Development Fund

2005       Regional Arts Development Fund

 

Grants

2009       Arts Queensland- Building skills and opportunities

2008       Australia Council- Presentation and promotion

2007       Australia Council- New Work

Arts Queensland

2006       Arts Queensland

Regional Arts Development Fund

2005       Regional Arts Development Fund

 

Residencies

2009       Festival of Pacific Arts America Samoa- Australian Delegation

 

Publications

2014 Freshwater Saltwater Publication

2014 Umi Arts Cairns and 2014 CIAF Cruise Liner Terminals Cairns

2009       Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair

2008       Kate Challis RAKA Award- Contemporary Indigenous Visual Arts

The collection- Cairns Regional Gallery acquisitions

2006       Undiscovered our rising art stars- Australian Art Collector

Gathering II Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland Australia

2003       Story Place- Indigenous art of Cape York and the Rainforest

Grosse Kunst Ausstellung DÚSSELDORF NRW

2001       Now Days Early Days Artwork and Legends- Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Gatherings I Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland Australia