about us

Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Inc (SWMQ) is an Aboriginal contemporary visual arts and craft centre located on  North Stradbroke Island. The Quandamooka people identify as people of the sand and seas.


SWMQ members are traditonal custodians of Quandamooka Country – the Noonuccal, Nughie and the Gorenpul clans. Its purpose is the promotion and maintenance of the cultural captial of these clans groups through contemporary visual arts and craft. SMMQ facilitates cultural production and professional development opportunities for artists, curators and community.

Salt Water Murris' Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery strives to support the maintenance and promotion of the unique rich culture of the Quandamooka people to share with the wider community.

This includes assisting artist and professional development of Indigenous artists as well as creating cultural and employment opportunities.

SWMQ does this by: 

  • Conducting school holiday art activites.
  • Supplying a unquie line of handmade local designed corporate gifts.
  • Operating an indigenous owned and managed enterprise.
  • Producing commissions and public art work.
  • Participating in exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
  • Coordinating cultural projects and activities.
  • Conducting workshops for schools and group bookings at the gallery workshop area for screen printing, sand art, weaving, painting and linocut textile printing.  Sand art can also come to your location (Brisbane area).
  • manages the facilitation of the majority of cultural productions and professional development opportunities for Quandamooka artists.