About the artist
Artistic Director, choreographer, visual artist, writer and actor Gail Mabo commenced her artistic career in 1979 with local Townsville Dance troupe ‘New Blood Dance Troupe’ which was founded by Shane and Bronwyn Williams. Gail was part of this 15 strong Indigenous contemporary dance troupe for 4 years; her involvement in this group encouraged her to pursue training through an accredited dance school, which she applied for and was accepted. In 1983 she enrolled into the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance Academy (NAISDA) formerly known as the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) in Sydney.
Gail is the daughter of Eddie Koiki Mabo and Bonita Mabo. She is a founding member of the Murris in Ink Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist collective. Gail has exhibited her contemporary works at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every year since 2009 and has work in the collections of regional galleries, the Queensland State Library, and the National Gallery of Australia.