Bernard Lee Singleton

Coen | Cairns (Gimuy)

I paint, craft and make artefacts to ground myself. Through the process of making a spear or shaping the figure of a spirit, I connect with my ancestors and they help bring my work to life. My work is a way for me to acknowledge and remember the times of my great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers. My designs are inspired by the laws of nature and the forms found in the creation stories around me. Using these basic forms or designs, I work to represent the bond of art and the continuation of culture.”

Bernard Lee Singleton is an accomplished craftsman, curator and designer, born and living in Cairns. Singleton grew up in Coen, Cape York. His mother is a Djabuguy woman born in Mona Mona mission near Kuranda and his father is an Umpila (east coast Cape York)/Yirrkandji man from Yarrabah mission.

Singleton has worked as a cultural consultant and guest curator for UMI Arts, Cairns Art Gallery and most recently the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, assisting the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.


Bernard Lee Singleton

Dadikal (fishbone design) | Facade Commission

24 January — 30 March 2020


10:30 am — 2:00 pm

29 February — 29 February 2020


General Event

Bulmba-Ja Community Welcome Day

Come and celebrate the opening of Cairns' revitalised arts centre - Bulmba-ja. Bulmba-ja (formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts) is a theatre, gallery and creative development space that plays a vital role in the thriving Cairns arts scene. Bulmba-ja supports Far North Queensland arts and culture with a focus on showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal […]


6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

28 March — 28 March 2020

Opening Event

NorthSite Artists’ Party – POSTPONED

Following 18 months of renovation and transformation, we're home!!! New spaces and fresh faces with an everlasting commitment to creativity and community. The NorthSite Artists' Party brings the arts community together under this one roof again. The Centre of Contemporary Arts has been transformed by the State Government into Bulmba-ja - an inclusive new incubator […]