Gab Titui Cultural Centre - Art Collector

Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia. Courtesy: the artist and Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Queensland.

Gab Titui, meaning journey of the stars, is located on Thursday Island and services 20 communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area.

The Centre was established in 2004 under the management of the Torres Strait Regional Authority as a facility to strengthen cultural identity, recognise Torres Strait artists and safeguard Ailan culture for future generations.

Today Gab Titui takes visitors on a journey through time from the past to the present and into the future. Torres Strait Islander guides share their local knowledge through personal tours, creative workshops demonstrate authentic crafts still practiced today and inspirational dance performances capture the Islanders’ spiritual connection with their land and sea.

A changing program of contemporary art can be seen in the Wabunaw Geth Gallery (main gallery), displaying works rich in cultural meaning including headdresses, intricate lino-cut prints, wood carvings, paintings and jewellery made from local materials such as pearl and sea shells.

Gab Titui also runs a cultural maintenance program through its Ephraim Bani Gallery, sharing cultural and historical artifacts significant to the region.

The centre’s gallery shop provides an outlet for Torres Strait artists to sell their art and craft work, maintaining at least 70 per cent locally made Indigenous product. All purchases made from Gab Titui directly support Indigenous artists and their communities and contribute to broader economic opportunities in the region.

Access information

The centre is open to visitors from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) and 10am to 3pm Monday to Saturday during the wet season (December to March).

Thursday Island is approximately 1.5 hours north-west of Cairns by air – flights departing daily from Cairns to Horn Island. Ferry services operate between Horn and Thursday Island several times per day.

Thursday Island is also accessible via ferry service from Seisia (Cape York Peninsula) daily.

Online shop

The Gab Titui gallery shop offers a unique selection of craft work and gifts including a large range of locally produced products as well as cultural and historical books, DVDs and CDs. For a detailed list of products and methods of purchase, please refer to their online brochure available online.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre
Cnr Blackall Street and Victoria Parade
Thursday Island QLD 4875

Phone: 07 4069 0888
Fax: 07 4090 2145