Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre artists are masters of sculpting clan totems using ghost net and other recycled materials. Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets illegally abandoned at sea. These nets drift the world oceans killing fish and animals without purpose. Pormpuraaw artists collect these nets and transform them into meaningful art. Their art has toured the world and has found its way into many private, corporate and government collections.
Pormpuraaw can be reached by small aircraft five days a week leaving from Cairns. Driving there takes a sturdy vehicle and 8 to 10 hours from Cairns about 700 kilometers. It is a beautiful drive through Cape York Outback. Road access is usually shut of or limited during the 5-month wet season from January into May.
Syd Bruce Shortjoe