Craig Tapp is an Environmental Ecological Artist, Cultural Facilitator who has been creating site specific ephemeral sand art installations on the landscapes of North Stradbroke Island Beaches working closely with organisers of Lines in The Sand Art Festival, Island Vibes Festival, Buzz Festival Cleveland from 2010-present.
The Art of caring for country, protecting land sea water air animals and plants is the theme of Craig’s Sand Art Work. Craig’s main focus is his coloured sand art and cultural exchange.
Craig (known as Tappy) is a descendant of the Indigenous people of Moreton Bay Region, Quandamooka Yuli Burri Bah, “Place of the people of the land and sea. Tappy is a Nuggi Nunnucal tribal man who lives on North Stradbroke Island. He is an Artist of many talents, his work includes Acrylic on canvas, Sand Art Design on Canvas, Jewellery carving and design using Dugong Bone, Black Coral, coloured sands, Quoompee shells, (Mother of Pearl) native seeds and Echidna quills gathered and collected from the beaches and mangroves and surrounding landscapes of Moreton Bay. These natural material are very precious and limited amounts are available, Tappy makes limited number of pieces of Jewellery in any one year. The making of each art piece is a spiritual experience strengthening his connection to his country people and culture.
As a cultural facilitator eco-environmental art mentor and teacher Tappy’s art acts as an educational tool symbolising and integrating traditional and contemporary aspects of Aboriginal culture from which people draw strength and spiritual connection sustaining personal and community identity.
In 2013 Tappy will be offering school based art workshop programs to Dunwich Primary School, Cleveland State High School and South Side Education High School which will include video’s of his previous sand art installations from 2010 – 2013, he will outline the cultural eco stories of his art work show materials used, how they are used and where they come from, introducing ephemeral art a new art form, highlighting the celebration of nature and the need to reclaim damaged landscapes, restore ecosystems to establish a balance coexistence with natural systems.
Tappy’s Eco-Environmental Education project in 2013 is designed in a way in which Aboriginal people from all age groups traditionally learn through ways such as story telling, observation, practical experience and positive mentoring.
The School groups Tappy is working with in 2013 will be given the opportunity to create their own designs on the beach at Stradbroke Island or the Wynnum Foreshore Beaches which will be professionally photographed digitally transferred to poster size limited edition prints which will be showcased along side his work at the Exhibition to be held in October 2013 at Parliament House.