In the service of our regional communities: Julatten, Mount Molloy, and surrounds

Molloy Art Group

The Molloy Art Group is an informal collective of passionate aesthetics who enjoy creating beautiful works for both public and private amenity. The group is auspiced by JAMARR and is coordinated by Juliana Russell, Caroline Lieber, and Theresa Brown.

Smashing the first plate – how mosaics stuck in Mt Molloy

Dominique Johns, a Cairns-based mosaic artist held an intensive one-day RADF funded workshop in early 2015 for a group of local women – from this small beginning community mosaics became a reality and the Molloy Arts Group was formed.

The steps outside the CWA building became our first target. A playful, whimsical form of mosaic is shard art or pique assiette, using recycled materials and ceramic tile. Our ‘Dancing Ladies’ have dresses made from smashed plates.

In May 2016 MAG held a free community workshop, again funded by RADF, to provide opportunities for community members to gain new art skills and enhance participants connection with and sense of belonging to the community and local bushland reserves. Two substantial signs ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Babbler Hill Plantings’ are now up and doing their jobs.

The smaller ‘Birds on Rocks’ series are subtly placed in the garden bed outside the hall.

Birds, birds, birds….

During 2017 the group concentrated on designing their next project around Mt Molloy’s favourite rascal bird, the Great Bowerbird. This 6m long mural, to go on the PO veranda wall, will take some time to complete but we are now ready to start the fun part – putting the jigsaw together.

Get stuck into it…

If you would like to join us in this adventure, any assistance whether it be mosaicking, donations or materials, please come along on a Wednesday morning to the Molloy Hall. 10am to noon.

Molloy Arts Group acknowledges the support, advice and financial assistance from various individuals, in particular Mareeba Shire Council, the Queensland Government’s RADF program and JAMARR for managing our funds.