The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition is held annually on the anniversary of the naming of the University Library at JCU Townsville after Eddie Koiki Mabo (b. 20 June 1936, d. 21 January 1992), a Torres Strait Islander activist, and former JCU staff member and student.
Eddie Koiki Mabo was one of the most important historical figures to have spent time at the University. Employed at JCU as a groundsman, he was also a student, guest lecturer, and colleague and friend of JCU staff and students. Several catalysing moments that led to the Mabo cases are acknowledged to have occurred at the University. These include conversations with his friends, the historians Henry Reynolds and Noel Loos; and a 1981 conference where he delivered a speech that sparked the interest of lawyers (Butt, Eagleson & Lane, 2001; Loos & Mabo, 2013; Screen Australia Digital Learning, 2008; Sharp, 1996). In 2008, JCU Vice-Chancellor, Sandra Harding noted that the naming of the library will "forever commemorate the link between the man who changed the land laws in Australia and James Cook University".
10 Years is a collection of artworks by the artists that have featured in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition over the past decade including Gail Mabo, Tommy Pau, Teho Ropeyarn, Sharon Banjo, Aicey Zaro and Susan Peters Nampitjin.
The exhibition will run from the 18 May to 15 June 2018.