SWP Project Template


“The statements on the Yarn Up cards are drawn from our cultural foundation. These are the reasons why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have survived for more than 60,000 years in good times and in bad. These words filled with wisdom and strength have been reinforced through Elders, families and communities for generations and have kept us strong.”

Aunty Florence Onus – Tiddas Yarning Circle, Garbutt Community Centre.


Saltwater People were engaged by the Queensland Family and Child Commission to visualise a storytelling game, developed by the Garbutt Community Centre’s Tiddas Yarning Circle. 

Saltwater People worked with resident artist Ty Waigana to visualise the cultural themes, based on the client brief and the stories shared from the Tidda’s Yarning Circle.

You can read more about the project, and download the game here.

ARTIST | Ty Waigana




“I am Wandandi Noongar (Aboriginal) and Ait Koedhal (Torres Strait Islander) multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer. My practice includes painting, illustration, sculpture, animation and graphic design.”

Ty is a prolific young artist with a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University. Ty has worked with Saltwater People on projects for Australian National University, Queensland Child and Family Commission, and Engineers Without Borders. Ty is also the NAIDOC poster artist for 2020.

Saltwater People have worked with QFCC on several projects across their Families are First and Indigenous Oversight programs.

QFCC are one of the lead advocates for young people and their families, with an emphasis on culturally appropriate services.

We are currently supporting their Youth Justice report, which includes strategic illustrations created by Dylan Mooney. This artwork is the result of  engagement with families and service providers in the Youth Justice system. This will be published in early 2021.