Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a Quandamooka woman and artist who lives and works on Minjerribah – North Stradbroke Island, operating her business ‘Minjerribah Art Studio and Cottage’. Based in a studio and retail store in Goompi – Dunwich, and open to the public everyday, Delvene’s products and services include commissions, public art, talks, workshops, licensed stationery, ceramics, small sculptural works, and hand printed homewares.
Recent highlights include, Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork for the Star Entertainment Group, ‘Eugaries’ Public Art Place marker for Mooloomba – Point Lookout, Artwork for Fish Lane light boxes for ‘Shared Connections’ public art program with Blaklash Projects for Brisbane City Council, Ceramic Coolamon for the Queens Wharf Time capsule May 2019, and Redlands Coast Branding Strategy.
Recurring themes across Delvene’s artwork and expressions are the stories of her family’s lived experiences on North Stradbroke Island, her responses to images and texts related to her family, the relationship to her great-great grandmother, through a body of work, titled Six Generations, Traditional mat making techniques, and the use of clays and pigments found across Quandamooka including the islands and mainland around Moreton Bay.
Delvene is the designer of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Prizewinners Medals, Commemorative Medal, the large inflatable Migalu, which featured in the Opening Ceremony and the costumes for the medal presenters.