Bonemap is a creative arts partnership between directors Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge. Together they have facilitated collaborative projects focusing on interdisciplinary arts. Project highlights have included significant tours to Singapore, Europe and Japan, along with public and community-based commissions and presentations across Australia.

See Bonemap’s site specific video installation framed in the windows of the Adelaide Steamship building, corner Lake and Spence Streets from 7pm - midnight, 11-13 November 2016. Rebecca Youdell will perform an interactive dance production in front of the site at 7:30 - 7:40pm and 8:30 - 8:40pm nightly.


Rebecca Youdell is a leading interdisciplinary practitioner born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Studying movement in Australia, USA and UK. Holds a BFA (Dance) - cum laude high honours from Butler University (USA) 1992, an MA (Visual/Performing Arts) from Charles Sturt University (Aus) 1998. Rebecca has toured and performed work in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Europe and received numerous awards both in Australia and overseas.

Russell Milledge has received awards in performing arts, electronic media and visual arts. He attended the National Art School, has a Masters from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a PhD from James Cook University (JCU). Currently, he is Discipline Head, Media Arts with the Creative Arts and Media group at JCU. He has contributed to the foundation of the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, KickArts and the Tanks Art Centre.


Ghost Ships is an imaginative journey into the maritime past of Cairns. The building at 37 Lake Street built for the Adelaide Steamship Company and completed in 1910, is reminiscent of a time when shipping was the primary mode of transport for long distance travel in and out of Cairns. The company operated the boats, MV Manunda and Manoora during the 1930’s until the vessels became requisitioned for WWII. After the war rail, road and aviation began to outperform shipping lines for freight and passenger services. The Company closed its Cairns office in the early 1960’s.

Bonemap’s Ghost Ships presents glimpses of the era through re-animated photography drawn from local history archives and the albums of a Cairns family whose son worked for the Company.