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Linesinthesandminjerribah.com is an archive of ecological art exhibitions, festivals, residencies and research from the island of Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island), Quandamooka (Moreton Bay).


2011 was a year of great change for North Stradbroke Island with state government announcements about native title determinations, national parks, campgrounds and the phasing out of sand mining. Also the year of our  Lines in the Sand North Stradbroke Islands’ genesis.  The Festivals of 2011-2014 aimed to bring people together using the arts.


Lines in the Sand embraces locals and visitors, nature and art lovers, families, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal art and culture. We value bringing people together sharing respect for the islands and its peoples and work collaboratively with many to include; artists, culture workers, island businesses, entities such as Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah, Ocean Ark Alliance, Healthy Waterways and Reef Check Australia.

Since its inception, Lines in the Sand has been an island community celebration, a showcase for local and regional artists, an agent for the revival of traditional crafts, a catalyst to explore and reach new ideas: an inclusive message of love for the environment.


We have successfully brought different people together to include Islanders, visitors, artists, scientists, families, young and the old. Festivals 2011-2014 promoted respect for the island’s environment, peoples and culture. It has provided creative employment opportunities for locals. 

Some memorable highlights have been the first night-time projection into South Gorge; animating Mooloomba Reserve with light and soundscapes; screenings, forums and exhibitions at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum; bringing the Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC production of Stradbroke Dreamtime to the island; Nature Art Workshops at the Point Lookout Hall; the island Short Film Premieres of Cameron Costello’s The HunterQuandamooka Dreaming stories by artist Sandra Delaney, The Salt Maiden produced by Beverley Callow, and also Something Amazing by Paul Bishop.

In 2012 we published a 40-page booklet, Culture+Country / Art+Ecology, and in 2014 we curated the Convolution also Stone, Water and Living Earth exhibitions at the Regional Arts Gallery, Cleveland.

All who have joined us be that artists, volunteers, community people, local businesses or funding bodies have helped to co-create events embedded in a rich ecology of ideas and collaborations, aligning themselves with moments of imagining, beauty and inspiration.


Social, economic and political changes affect culture and landscape. These dynamic forces are constantly evolving and in the true spirit of ephemerality, we change. In 2015 we as festival deferred to the Quandamooka Festival

Recent curated exhibitions include Two Island Tribute 2017, Islands of Innocence 2018 and Rejuvenating Spirit of the Land in 2019. Curating Ecological Art is a resource published online with Creative Commons Licensing.

Island Blog is an archive and captures location specific details of and in relation to Islands and Minjerribah, NSI (North Stradbroke) and SMBI (Southern Moreton Bay Islands) relevant for the making of art; it is a dynamic feed of articles, videos, audio files, quotes, galleries and links; ‘chronological’ in its content 2016 to the current day.

Canaipa Mudlines extends the art in environment program to the Southern Moreton Bay island region. Canaipa island (also known as Russell Island) is the starting point for a traversal of this region through art in the environment interventions.

This website is an archive of Lines in the Sand ecological or nature art projects and research from across the Minjerribah.