Hopevale Art Stories

Hopevale art stories + artist bios


HopeVale is home to thirteen clan groups who mostly speak Guugu Yimithirr language. It's about 40 minutes north of Cooktown, which is about four hours drive north of Cairns, in the Cape York Peninsula. HopeVale was originally established as the Cape Bedford Mission, so HopeVale residents traditionally come from lands all across Northern QLD. The designs from Hopevale tell rich stories of connection to land, stolen generations and forced movement across the state, memories of childhood and mission days, bush foods and native flora and fauna.


Babatha Nganga - Gum Flowers

By Dora Deemal

Green Ants

By Grace Rosendale
Bulgan Warra - Sacred Lake

By Madge Bowen

Yarrun (wattle flower)
By Gertie Deera
Family Washing

By Wanda Gibson