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David Bosun

12th Mar 1973

Torres Strait Island artist David Bosun grew up in a very sensitive cultural environment and from the age of four he practised traditional dancing and singing. He first became interested in art in grade six after participating in an art class at school.  David went to Thursday Island Secondary school and later moved to All Saints and St Gabriels Anglican college in Charters Towers, Queensland. During High School he was always in trouble for drawing in class instead of doing his work.

David has attended James Cook University and Cairns TAFE.  He travelled extensively internationally with the touring exhibition Gelam my Son.  He was also part of a delegation to Cambridge University and is believed to be part of the first people from the Torres Strait to examine the Haddon Collection of Torre Strait artefacts.  David has also attended a cultural exchange in Suva, Fiji.

David believes that both the future generations in the Torres Strait as well as the rest of the world need to be educated about the rich cultural heritage and distinctiveness of Torres Strait culture. He is striving to record and illustrate his ancestral beliefs and traditions through the visual and performing arts.

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