and Community Entrepreneur, Aboriginal Artist / Craftsman, Didgeridoo Performer
and Indigenous Boxing Advocate
Connolly, Aboriginal Artist. Dreamtime Kullilla-Art - 14th November 2018
Michael is an aboriginal from Charleville, south west Queensland and a descendant
of the Kullilla tribe from the Thargomindah/Eulo region
[on his father’s side] and of the Muruwari People
from north-west New South Wales [on his mother’s side] who can
trace their traditional trade and diplomatic links with Central Desert as well
as South Australian and Northern New South Wales’ Aboriginal Communities.
Together with this rich indigenous background and unique style of interpretation
of his cultural heritage. Michael is able to represent a unique perspective in
the visual and performing arts. This is evident in his artwork, craftsmanship,
didgeridoo playing and storytelling as a result of blending his own contemporary
or urban indigenous style with the traditional style of the Kullilla
Peoples under his business name of Dreamtime Kullilla-Art.
has been blessed with the gift of art that has been passed on to him by the spirits
of his ancestors. Michael’s works of art are his interpretation
of the lovely Dreamtime stories and legends. He is able to combine modern
art materials and techniques with traditional patterns, styles and subject matter.
Michael has exhibited a select range of his artworks with a variety of Galleries
in and around Brisbane and, internationally [Malta]. Currently Michael has
artworks on display at the at the shop/gallery in Eumundi – The Dilly Bag
is also the artist/designer and producer of the very first ever Aboriginal Australia
numberplate to be made commercially available in Queensland, now launched in Victoria
and soon to become available Australia-wide.
didgeridoos Michael creates are made from the timber found in his territory of
southwest Queensland. This timber of course is naturally termite-hollowed eucalyptus.
The didgeridoos are all handcrafted by Michael and all individually handpainted
using his own unique design expressing different traditional forms. Consequently,
each didgeridoo is not only a unique piece of art but also a masterfully crafted
musical instrument with high tonal quality.
from his works of art and craft, Michael is quite an accomplished didgeridoo player
and performer. He has been playing the didgeridoo for a number of years
and has made a number of appearances throughout Brisbane and local areas performing
and teaching the art of playing the didgeridoo. Michael has been invited
to perform in Brunei, Worldwide Aussie Convention in Brisbane and for the President
of Ireland at the Brisbane Convention Centre. He has also recorded a CD
with the Queensland Irish Pipe Band that incorporates his sound of the didgeridoo
with their pipes and drums – a truly magical blend - given Michael’s
heritage as half Irish/Aboriginal. Michael has also performed at a number
of opening ceremonies for various corporate and Government functions and conventions
in and around Brisbane over the years. Michael was invited to perform with
the Maltese National Orchestra in Malta as part of Malta’s 40th anniversary
of Independence Day celebrations held in September 2004. In February 2006
at the International Film Festival in Mombai, India Michael was invited to give
a Cultural performance and also at the launch of theAusArts program in Kolkata
[Calcutta], India. Michael was also invited to perform [didgeridoo] with
the International Handbell Orchestra [approx 2,000 handbells] and musical choir
in August 2006 in Brisbane. Recently Michael traveled to Singapore at the
invitation of Discovery Channel to launch their new program highlighting the Australian
culture. Michael is also part of the National Indigenous Leadership Program
which brings National Indigenous Leaders [men, women and youth] together to advise
Government on Indigenous issues and to assist with Policy.
is Michael’s ambition in life to be able to take his Kullilla elders “home”
and continue the culture and heritage of his tribe and to encourage everyone to
learn to respect the need for all Aboriginal people to continue to learn and practice
their culture. More importantly, to stop the exploitation and imitation
of the art, the culture and heritage of his People.
Australian Indigenous Youth Soccer Team &
Australian Indigenous Amateur Boxing Team 2007
I NEED YOUR HELP
the Cultural Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Boxing Team and we are desperately
trying to raise enough funds so these boys can participate in an International
Cultural Exchange tournament with Fiji in October. Unfortunately the problem we
face is that there is absolutely no support anywhere for National Indigenous Sporting
teams. The Australian Sporting Commission only looks at "developmental"
support - if you are a National Team then you are not developmental
- so consequently no funding ALSO the Australian Sports Commission has advised
that their funding guidelines, as set by the Dept. Communications Information
Technology and the Arts, do not allow them to support Indigenous only teams or
events SO WHAT CHANCE DO WE HAVE???? Plus having an amateur status you need
a world ranking to get any Govt sponsorship. We need to raise approx $40,000
by 1st October or our boys miss out.
My idea is to ask 40,000
people for $1.00 each to support the team and we will have our funding -
how hard can that be? We represent 2% of the Australian population
which equates to approximately 500,000 Aboriginal & TSI People which is $500,000
so surely we can make our target of $40,000 +. This opportunity will
give them the confidence and experience to be a real contender for the Olympic
Team - this will be the stepping stone to the World stage. Already we have 5
boxers awarded NTID scholarships and currently training at the AIS
Many of these boys have
given up drinking - given up smoking - given up taking drugs and committed themselves
100% to being a better person and have become truly great role models for the
younger and upcoming players - nearly all of them now have jobs and working real
hard both in the work force and in the ring and they have given me a pledge to
keep on fighting and I have given them my pledge to do all I can to be able to
get them to Fiji - to participate in an International Tournament - a valuable
preliminary tournament to the Australian Olympic Boxing trials and believe me
- these boys are ready for that Olympic ring.
I am asking is the opportunity for our story to get some media attention
so we can more attention to the fundraising and possible sponsorships/contributions. This
is an Australian Indigenous Team with young indigenous boys from all over Australia
can you run our story.
need to have raised the money by 1st October to be able to confirm our participation
- the biggest expense is the airfares to Fiji for 20 [13 boxers and 7 officials].
Can you please ring me for an interview or contact Syl Johns [AIABT Manager 0409091941].
team is fully sanctioned by Boxing Australia.
Ambassador - AIABT 2007
Aboriginal Art & Craft
by Michael J Connolly
Sportsground Street [PO Box 137]
(07) 3880 1320
(07) 3880 0479