Brisbane Open House is always striving to fulfil its earnest commitment to diversity and inclusivity of all people and all cultures, and holds a deep respect for the sense of place and heritage of indigenous Australians.

Earlier this year we had the privilege of engaging First Nations Artist Lisa Anne Caruana to design two artworks for use on the VOB and BOH Guidemaps.

Lisa Caruana (used with permission)

Lisa is a proud cultural Woman of the Great Larrakia Nation of the Northern Territory.

“My Traditional name is Gilinggilingba; the flying fox. My Language group is Gulumerrgin. My Totems are Dangalaba and Dumidungala (Crocodile and Dugong). We are Saltwater People.”

Lisa has lived and worked on Turrbal country for over 25 years, and has strong community connections to Turrbal country.

“I have an immense passion for our First Nations culture and the importance of sharing our culture with the wider community.

As First Nations People we must strive to keep our culture thriving.”

Lisa’s art practices include painting, digital art and pattern design. She also hand crafts jewellery and traditional artefacts.

Lisa is the recipient of a number of recent cultural awards, including:

  • Finalist – Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards
  • Finalist – Lake Macquarie MAC Museum emerging artists awards
  • Winner – 2022 Bracken Ridge Woman of the Year 

Lisa’s beautiful artworks added a dynamic and colourful backdrop to our main events, which you can see in full below.

Connect with Lisa on her Instagram and Facebook profiles.

Artwork for BOH Program Guide © Lisa Anne Caruana 2022
Artwork for VOB Program Guide © Lisa Anne Caruana 2022




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