Last days to explore 'Island Futures: What lies ahead for Zenadth Kes'

13 April 2022

Step into the vibrant and diverse world of the Torres Strait Islands one last time at Queensland Museum’s exhibition Island Futures: What lies ahead for Zenadth Kes before doors close on Monday 25 April.


With more than 200 objects and images on display from the Queensland Museum State Collection, the exhibition raises awareness of the challenges facing the Torres Strait, acknowledging both the dynamic culture and ongoing resilience in the face of adversity by Torres Strait Islanders.


Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Island Futures provided a valuable opportunity for visitors to learn about Torres Strait Islander culture.


“More than 142,000 visitors have been through the exhibition since we opened in June 2021, and it’s been a privilege to share stories and create a new connection between Queensland Museum and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Dr Thompson said.

“I encourage everyone to visit this stunning and contemporary exhibition, and to make the most of this opportunity to learn about Torres Strait Islander culture, history and identity before it closes”


From the tip of Cape York to the borders of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait) covers an area of 48,000 square kilometres and more than 200 islands, boasting vibrant communities who have a strong ongoing connection to land and sea.


As visitors weave their way through the exhibition, themes of Home, Old Ways, New Ways, and New Challenges explore the threats of rising sea levels, climate challenges, and presents a new understanding what home might look like in the future for Torres Strait Islanders.  


Many well-known Torres Strait Island artists have also contributed to the success of the exhibition with their artwork complementing the themes including, cinematographer Murray Lui, artists Dylan Mooney, Chris Bassi, Kantesha Takai and Erub Arts.


Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition told a powerful local story of First Nations culture.

Island Futures: What lies ahead for Zenadth Kes presents knowledge, history and heritage, sparking important conversations about the increasing challenges faced by the land, sea and home of Torres Strait Islanders,” Minister Enoch said.

“Through this exhibition, Queensland Museum is helping to elevate the rich history of First Nations peoples, drive social change, strengthen Queensland communities and share stories: these are all key priorities of the Queensland Government’s Creative Together ten-year roadmap for arts, culture and creativity.”

Congratulations to Queensland Museum and to the Torres Strait Island artists and communities who contributed their work and learnings.

“I urge Queenslanders to visit Island Futures: What lies ahead for Zenadth Kes before it closes,” Minister Enoch said.

Torres Strait Islander and exhibition co-curator Rhianna Patrick said it’s been an honour to be able to connect audiences with the essence of Torres Strait Islander stories, culture and community.

“It’s been heart-warming to hear what the Torres Strait Islander community has taken away from seeing Island Futures,” Rhianna said.

“Many have spoken about the pride they felt of being represented in an exhibition of this scale, while others have spoken about the different emotions, they felt walking through it.

“I feel extremely grateful that the community from various parts of Queensland and interstate have taken the time to stop by and see it."

Island Futures is proudly supported by Principal Partner Ergon Energy Network and Energex as part of Energy Queensland.

Energy Queensland Executive General Manager Services Belinda Watton said it’s been an honour to continue the partnership with Queensland Museum and highlight important cultural stories and history.

“We’re incredibly proud to have been given the opportunity to be part of Island Futures and we thank Queensland Museum for their continued commitment, to not just telling these important Queensland stories, but helping to preserve them as well,” Ms Watton said.

“These stories and exhibits are vitally important because they teach visitors of all generations the history, the now and the future of our community whether they’re from Coolangatta or Cooktown.”

Island Futures: What lies ahead for Zenadth Kes is a FREE exhibition, located on Level 2 at Queensland Museum, and runs until 25 April 2022.


Torres Strait Islander Cultural Leaders in the late 1980s made a move to reclaim the name of the region by creating the acronym ‘Zenadth Kes’. This acronym describes the winds and geography of the Torres Strait Islands and region. Zenadth Kes stands for:

  • ZE – Zey (South)
  • NA – Naygay (North)
  • D – Dagam (Place/Side)
  • TH – Thawathaw (Coastline)
  • KES – Passage/Channel/ Waterway




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