5th Artists of the North exhibition at Tanks Arts Centre

DATES: 18 April – 9 May

‘Artists of the North’, Cairns Art Society’s fifth annual exhibition, showcases the myriad of FNQ creative talent.

With more than 250 works from more than 100 artists, the exhibition traverses all mediums from paintings, ceramics, glass, and mosaics to photography, sculptures and textiles.

From Cooktown to Mission Beach and across to the Tablelands, artists involved in the exhibition represent incorporated art societies and associations in the Far North. As many of these exhibitors live in small rural communities and lack exposure to large audiences, this is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and show their work in a large-scale commercial environment.

This year’s exhibition theme, ‘Celebrating Q150’, will display some stirring images signifying the establishment of Queensland as a state, the foundations on which we grew and our pioneering spirit.

Official Launch: 6pm 17 April
Times: 10am – 4:30pm every day
Exhibit Open: 18 April – 9 May
Cost: Gold coin donation, proceeds to the Cairns Art Society
Venue: Tank 4

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Off Shoots - Julie McEnerny Residency and Exhibition


Official Launch Friday July 10, 6pm
Exhibition Dates 3 July – 18 July

This impressive exhibition is the culmination of months of work onsite at Tanks Arts Centre and the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Full time artist and illustrator Julie McEnerny is active in the local arts community and exhibits regularly in various groups and solo shows.

She’s been an ‘artist in residence’ at Tanks and the Cairns Botanic Gardens since mid-May, working on the beginnings of a ‘florilegium’ – recording plants of the Gardens.

She’s created a series of works relating to the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden, incorporating etchings printed at Djumbunji Press and KickArts Fine Art Printmaking, plus drawings, paintings and some exploratory three-dimensional pieces.

This residency has given Julie access to Traditional Owners’ knowledge, Cairns Botanic Gardens’ staff and Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ library collection, allowing her to father accurate information.

Her work has taken botanical illustration along the road of artistic interpretation, in an effort to achieve the Garden’s collection in a unique and interesting way.

While this small exhibition is a culmination of her residency, it is only the beginning of a much larger body of work. As a regular Flying Arts tutor, Julie is also offering a weekend workshop at Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens for beginners to intermediate artists.

Official Launch Friday July 10, 6pm
Exhibition 3 July – 18 July
Times 9.30 – 4.30 Mon – Fri
Venue T4
Exhib Cost FREE
Botanical Drawing Weekend Workshop using watercolour pencils
Workshop Dates 11 & 12 July
Worshop Times 10am – 4pm
Workshop Cost $140 + materials (or BYO)

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My home, My History - Photographic Exhibition & Documnetary Film @ Tanks Arts Centre,

Photographic Exhibition & Documentary Film
My Home, My History

Dr Suzanne Goopy, David Lloyd, Angela Blakely & Suzanne Howard

15 May – 12 Jun

This poignant and innovative touring documentary photographic exhibition features the determination of one of Australia’s most successful migrant groups.

The Queensland Arts Council Ontour Exhibition ‘My Home, My History’ captures the everyday lives of five post-war Italian migrant couples, documenting nostalgic images of their elaborate domestic interiors, and the objects and people who furnish them.

Coupled with the 75-minute documentary film ‘Mangiare Bene’ (To Eat Well), the images tell the personal stories of a generation of Italo-Australians who left their home-land after the heartache of WWII to start a new life in Australia.

Displaying great determination, a sense of communal identity and creative spirit, this group have now become one of Australia’s most successful migrant communities.

The exhibition brings together a unique combination of perspective from the visual arts and the social sciences to explore the experience of this generation who is now reaching old age.

Anthropologist Dr Suzanna Goopy and documentary film makers David Lloyd and Angela Blakely collaborated on this exhibition as part of a wider research project for Griffith University.
Dr Goopy says that as well as providing a beautiful rendering of often extraordinary ornate interiors, the photographs captured the hybrid identity of the group.

It reflects their simultaneous embrace of Australian values of prosperity and material success, and an ‘Italian’ commitment to family and tradition.

Official Launch: 6pm Friday 15 May
Times: 10am – 4:30pm weekdays
Exhibit Open: 15 May – 12 Jun
Cost: free
Venue: Tank 4

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Paper

by KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

'Cumulus' Belinda Smith

'Cumulus' Belinda Smith

Krista Berga, Susan Buret, Julie Dimitrijevski, Rosie Miller, Pamela See and Belinda Smith are 6 contemporary artists who come together to present ‘Paper’ an exhibition in Kick Arts Gallery Two that focuses on works that explore the manipulation and materiality of paper.

“There’s something uncannily open about Krista Berga’s palpable and in fact electrifying work, something frank and disarming, bordering on the unguarded.

‘A salut without return’ as Derrida puts it, a gesture of self expression and mortal vulnerability, made without knowing how it will be received but made just the same, as if in insistent wager, of one risking exposure to the other”, David L. Clarke says of Krista’s work.

Susan Buret’s works of art look at two often opposing ideas of domestic security – the ideas of home, the safe haven we make unique with furnishings and patterns we apply to walls and floors and, the idea of national domestic security where our borders are protected by the rigorous enforcement of rules governing conditions of entry.

As a first generation Australian Macedonian, Julie Dimitrijevski seeks to explore identity and culture through her work. She is particularly interested in the symbol of the tree that is commonly used in Macedonian embroidery patterns. Ornamental motifs found in these patterns such as trees, roots and animals form a basis for her image making.

Cut, shaved, folded and buffed, Rosie Miller’s books are multiples made unique. After varied lives these altered objects now exist somewhere between pulp and bookcase and have been extended into a new life where text resembles sediment, and the grain of reading is revealed.

Pamela See considers the idea of life itself unfolding through her artwork that is about the struggle for people to realise their potential in life with the infringement of the will of others. Inadvertently, sometimes when one person’s life unfolds it can impact another’s.

Belinda Smith presents ‘Cumulus’ which describes a process, a sculptural form and an expression of experiences. It is an exploration of how simple shapes build upon each other to create a complex and unpredictable form. Paper discs are pieced together by sewing, forming a floral motif. By repeating this process a form develops becoming a structure that is more akin with organic matter or cloud formations.

‘Paper’ is on exhibition at KickArts in Gallery Two from November 13 to February 20, 2010. Opening celebrations take place on December 4 commencing at 6.00pm. Everybody is welcome and entry is free.

Rosie Miller, Pamela See and Julie Dimitrijevski will also hold workshops at KickArts in conjunction with the ‘Paper’ exhibition. Rosie Miller will present a workshop on book sculpture on Saturday November 21, Pamela See will present a workshop on paper cutting for children and adults on Saturday December 5 and Julie Dimitrijevski will present a workshop on folded artist books on Saturday December 12.

Places are limited for each class so the sooner you book in the better. We hope you enjoy this series of workshops based around the ‘Paper’ exhibition. For workshop enquiries please call 4050 9496 or email samantha@kickarts.org.au

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Cell art space - Ritual Embrasures

Kayla June

Kayla June

Cell art space
Ritual Embrasures
Deborah Cameron
exhibiting from the 3rd until the 28th of March 2009

Cell art space
Hours: Viewable 24 hours daily | Free to all
Venue location: Ergon Energy Building, 109 Lake Street, Cairns, Far North Queensland
Web: www.cellartspace.com | Email:info@cellartspace.com

In March each year I dedicate my work to International Women’s Day. The 2009 theme of ‘Sharing the Caring for the Future’ focuses on the contribution of women in their caring roles, and explores the strategies needed to share the responsibility for caring across our community. In my most recent work, I am honoring rituals associated with life’s transitions, the processes and the potential for personal transformation, and the possibility of a deeper experience of oneself.

As women, we sometimes manage these transitions without the help of others; at other times their help can be valuable and necessary. Growing through the opportunities and challenges that life offers us is often difficult and always individual. Blinds, curtains, openings, closings, screening, looking in, looking out and the unknown. Each soul strengthening stage sanctified by cultural rituals of change, sacred water, ash, bells, incense and aromatic oil.

This year in Cell art space my solo installation is entitled ‘Ritual Embrasures’. Each piece is dedicated to an individual female, growing and working through life phases. Generally, these are birth, reconciliation, relationships, adolescence, career, marriage and loss of life. Slowly applying delicate strokes onto fragile paper surfaces, creating images inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s utterly feminine and sensual flowers for me represents feminine growth and the evolution of spirit.

As a professional artist I have facilitated workshops for KickArts, Cairns Regional Gallery and educational institutions throughout the region. I have also held a number of solo exhibitions, contributed to group shows and other innovative arts projects in and around Cairns, in an effort to foster the development of creativity and imagination in our young artists and artists who are young at heart.

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Cell art space - an exhibition by Geoff Dixon

by Geoff Dixon

Untitled
24 hrs, 7 days a week until the 31. 01. 2009
Cell art space
Ergon Energy Building
109 Lake St Cairns QLD 4870

Geoff Dixon was born in Bluff, New Zealand, in 1954. He studied graphic design at the Christchurch Technical Institute from 1974 to 1975. He was the Art Foundation's Artist in Residence in Southland during 1997 and the Art Centre of Christchurch's Artist in Residence in 2007 and 2008.

Geoff has been living and practicing art in Cairns and the Daintree Region since 1994.

His work's emphasis is often on the past, present and future in terms of extinction, current survival and the evolution of species. His works portray extinction and the fragility of the natural world, in the context of the vast array of unique Australasian wildlife that has evolved in geographic isolation over thousands of years.

The works in this installation are a selection of dioramas using mixed media and focusing on children's toys as a conveyor of hero archetypes.

Geoff can be contacted by m: 0447 350 607

Cell art space representative Rebecca Edwards can be contacted on m:0403 221 178

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Tenniscoats

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts



KickArts, in collaboration with the IMA, Room 40 and On Edge is proud to host the Japanese leading avant-pop band, Tenniscoats, who will perform live at the JUTE Theatre on Friday 13 at 8.00pm.

Tenniscoats are a group from Tokyo, featuring musicians Saya and Takashi Ueno who have performed in, or collaborated with, a large number of underground bands and musicians such as Maher Shalal Hash Baz (with Tori and Reiko Kudo), Cacoy (with DJ Klock of Clockwise Records) and Puka Puka Brians. Both Saya and Takashi also perform and release solo works. Their music is elegantly Japanese, fused with a strong international flavour.

The name ‘Tenniscoats’ comes from the way ‘tennis courts’ sounds when rendered in Japanese. In Tenniscoats, Saya sings beautiful original melodies in a delicate falsetto and plays keyboards, piano and synths. Takashi accompanies with guitar, saxophone and occasional vocals. Many other instruments are also used to create their fragile pop and experimental songs. Working in the spaces between eccentric pop, shimmery folk and the avant-garde, Tenniscoats’ Saya and Ueno Takashi seamlessly meld together these disparate interests into one of the most compelling visions of music presently surfacing from Japan.

Whilst Tenniscoats have played at numerous prestigious festivals, including the legendary Roskilde Festival in Denmark, toured widely in Europe and America and twice in Australia, this is their first visit to Cairns. Their music is something special indeed: reflective, harmonizing, full of subtle intricacies and gentle, lapping sounds.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Tenniscoats perform live at the JUTE Theatre, Friday 13 February at 8.00pm.

All welcome. Entry is free.

Media Enquiries
Marketing Manager
Jan Aird
4050 9404


Image: Saya and Takashi Ueno from Tenniscoats

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - A MOVE TO OZ

Tracy Ann Rees-Mortimer, Coloured Sea, 2008

Tracy Ann Rees-Mortimer, Coloured Sea, 2008

Cairns Regional Gallery presents a body of new work by Tracy Ann Rees-Mortimer which aspires to show Australia through the eyes of a newcomer, at times comparing or layering photographic images with those from her homeland, Canada.

A Move to Oz will be officially launched on Saturday 28 February from 2pm, commencing with the artist's talk.

The exhibition will remain on display until 5 April.

Cairns Regional Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday & Public Holidays 1 - 5pm.

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Waru

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)


Official Launch Friday October 2 @ 6.00pm
Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail and is of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidindji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. His art - conceptual text pieces, videos, photographs and drawings are primarily a critique of Australian culture, specifically the black white dichotomy.

The Waru Cricket Project has at its core an acute sense of inquiry and identity. It is comprised of new work and features three components: A three screen video installation documenting the philosophy and social dynamic of the Waru Cricket Team (an all Indigenous cricket team who are based in Innisfail); a 3-D installation consisting of an assortment of new and used cricketing equipment and paraphernalia associated with the Waru team, customised to reflect their philosophy and identity, and a photographic series (large scale digital prints) that documents the energy and spirit of the Waru Team.

Vernon says, "The game of cricket plays a large part in the life of my family. My family, like many families in North Queensland engaged numerously and heatedly in backyard and neighbourhood battles of ‘footy’ (i.e. rugby league) and cricket. For me, the game of cricket was, and is still, engrossing; full of drama. And I had good reason for being enthralled. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the era that yielded the great West Indies teams. I was the first generation of cricket fanatics to grow up thinking of the game in terms of it being a world sport with teams of ‘black’ men (the West Indies, India, Pakistan etc.) competing against teams of ‘white’ men (England, New Zealand, Australia etc.) on a more than equal footing. How odd, confusing and ultimately disappointing then to see in succeeding years in Australia that for many young Aboriginal cricketers - talent, ability, determination and ‘runs-on-the-board’ - would not be enough to secure any lasting representative honours. Alas, the perception of cricket in Australia, at the national and state representative level is of an exclusively ‘white’ thing. Cricket, like the beach, remains a lasting bastion of white Australian power and identity, (as emphatically demonstrated December 2005 at Cronulla) and should be defended as such. Certainly, as Aboriginal people engaged in the game, my family can readily confirm the race and skin-colour based name-calling that pervades the game in North Queensland - the kind of ‘banter’ pundits consign to ‘harmless sledging’ or ‘gamesmanship’ when really it's just bold ‘blood-in-the-face’ racism."

On the surface Waru is about the game of Cricket. Look closer however, and it is a metaphorical insight into Aboriginal engagement with the broader society in Australia through the game of cricket; the nature and shape of this engagement, and the strategies that ‘blackfellas’ employ in their efforts to achieve and draw strength, sustenance, satisfaction, and triumph from "playing cricket" in Australia. Waru is also about humour and plays on blackfella/whitefella interaction, as evidenced in Vernon’s previous work ‘Cant Chant’ (2007). Waru discusses several loaded themes that operate in the common spaces of society and history in North Queensland. These are the common spaces that idealise and would define a ‘place’ for the Aborigine still in the ‘Far North’ as opposed to common spaces that utilise sport in Australia to affirm long-established ‘norms’ which typify Australian popular culture and the nationalist identity.

Waru infuses itself in themes that interchangeably shift from local to national to the international when taking into account the notion that sport, sporting endeavour, and sport appreciation are really a global undertaking and a very human condition. Waru’s approach to discussions on race, contested spaces, territorial conflict, and identity are particularly apt when imagining how these themes are ‘played out’ in hotspots globally, nationally, and locally.

Waru will give regional arts audiences, both indigenous and non-indigenous, the opportunity to view challenging work by an internationally recognised indigenous artist. The work itself is a companion piece to Vernon Ah Kee's CantChant Installation for which he was chosen to represesent Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Further, the work directly involves an Indigenous Community in Northern Queensland, giving them the opportunity to address, in a positive way, the unrecognised contribution of Aboriginal cricketers to the game, and to Australian life in general.

To challenge accepted notions of what the game of cricket means to Australian popular culture and nationalist identity. To challenge the accepted points of entry and interaction processes for Aboriginal people engaged in the dynamic that is cricket in North Queensland. To posit that Aboriginal Art can and does critically and technologically engage with and contribute to both contemporary art discourse and post colonial theory.

Waru officially opens at KickArts in Gallery One on Friday October 2 at 6.00pm and runs to November 21. All welcome. Entry is free.





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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Studio Space

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Studio Space 18th May to the 13th July

This initiative of Tanks Arts Centre, in partnership with Arts Queensland’s ‘Backing Indigenous Arts’ strategy invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from communities in Far North Queensland to work in a studio setting at Tanks.

Artists will work independently on the creation of new works that they wish to submit for selection into the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair from 21-23 August.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is about strengthening the Indigenous arts industry in Far North Queensland and aims to provide major opportunities for selected Indigenous artists to showcase their works to a national and international audience.

This is an opportunity for established, mid-career and emerging artists, who are committed to a professional future in the industry, to enjoy an exchange of skills and ideas with each other in the wonderful studio environment at Tanks.

The studio space will be available from 18 May – 13 July 2009.


For more information, call Lisa Michl 4032 6608

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - Water's Edge: Creating Environments

Jill Chism

Jill Chism

This exhibition aims to draw attention to water as a vital substance, whilst focusing on our interaction with the water's edge - sea-water or freshwater - and the problem of its diminishing supply.

WATER'S EDGE: creating environments will be officially opened on July 24 from 5.30pm and remain on display until 30 August '09.

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diversCITY- a concert featuring local multicultural musicians: Wassa, Patrick Levi, Mathew Obat & Thabisa Ageng, and Justin Enriquez.

by Music Centre North Qld
(Townsville)

WASSA

WASSA

Wassa (music from West Africa), Matthew Obat & Thabisa Ageng (North African musicians), and Jason Enriquez, contemporary popular song writer from a Filipino background, will perform, as well as Patrick Levi with his own brand of folk and reggae from Moa Is., Torres Strait. This promises to be a night of colourful entertainment, and a chance to hear some of the best of our local performers.

Court Theatre, cnr Sturt & Stokes Sts
Tickets $15 full price, $10 concession card holders & MCNQ members. Groups of five $10 per ticket.Bookings/Enquiries 47211771 www.musiccentrenq.net

The concert is presented by the Music Centre North Qld, a not-for-profit incorporated association. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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31st Annual Art Exhibition 2009

by Faye Pini
(Cooktown, Queensland)

Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery - Cooktown

Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery - Cooktown

Attention Artists & Art Lovers

Cooktown School of Art Society Inc

31st Annual Art Exhibition 2009

$6,000.00 in prizes

12 Award Sections & Best In Show Award

When?
Sunday 31st May to Monday 8th June

Where?
Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery

How?
Entry Forms - http://cooktownart.com.au/annual_art_exhibition_2009.html

Or from
Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery
125 Charlotte Street
PO Box 385
Cooktown, Qld, 4895
Phone or Fax Gallery: 07 4069 5322

Opening Night & Awards Presentation for entrants, sponsors and invited guests Saturday 30th May 2009

Art Entries in by Tuesday 5th May 2009

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Open Season

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

The Henchman Wears Lace

The Henchman Wears Lace

KickArts Artist’s Feature Wall
Open Season
Kristen Tennyson
September 15–October 17

Born in Toronto, Ontario, artist Kristin Tennyson’s art practice has spanned two continents. After obtaining her BVA in Canada in 1993, she migrated to Australia and lives and works in Cairns.

Kristin has participated in many group shows and several galleries in Australia and Canada represent her textile wearable art works and paintings.

Kristin’s work evolves through combining textile work, painting and assemblage. Her unique approach to combining techniques of sewing, assemblage and embroidery with painting stretches the boundaries of the traditional view of the ‘wall hanging’ or two-dimensional painting. Currently Kristin is completing her Masters in Creative Arts at James Cook University.

KickArts is proud to exhibit Open Season, a body of new artworks by Kristin that are currently being presented on the Artist’s Feature Wall.

Kristin explains that “Open season is a term we used when the hunting season began in Toronto, and this series of new artwork is based on trophy hunting and collecting. Works are from personal childhood memories of friends and family hunting and displaying animal skulls as trophies.

Such memories include a brother dressing up as a cowboy in commando gear going out with my Granddad for a pellet shoot, my Uncle who was passionate about hunting (looking rather scary in lace), and my Aunties who used every part of the animal and displayed an animal head in the toile wall-papered dining room.

In this series I wanted to bring together my passions of sewing and painting. In these attempts I have used imprints of my loved tapestries and lace, sewn, ripped and dipped. As a result, the feminisation of hunting has emerged as a common theme throughout the work.

The bones, either wrapped in tapestry or sprayed with lace, create a starting point for the paintings. The paintings begin with a layering of Nana tapestry and lace, adding images that are reflective of my memories of Open Season, using raw sewing to outline my drawings. This has resulted in a mixed bag of painting mediums, however it has worked as a really exciting approach to creating my new series of trophy hunting and collecting.....to be continued.....

KickArts Galleries and Shop are open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. All welcome. Entry is free.

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Cairns Regional Gallery - 'Hidden Treasures' - the 2009 Postcard Show

by Tricia Davey
(Cairns)

Ed Koumans

Ed Koumans

As many will know, the annual Postcard Show is a much anticipated event where avid art collectors not only have the opportunity to purchase original artworks by some of Australia?s leading artists, but also help raise funds to build the Gallery Collection.
Bidders must register at the Gallery for a fee of $7.

Postcard Show 2009 will feature 100 artworks in a diptych format. On our opening night all artworks will be presented closed with our Gallery wax seal. At the ring of the bell at 7:30pm the first bidder on each card has the opportunity to crack the seal and reveal the treasure inside. Bidding will continue for two weeks until the closing night, where the final bidding frenzy will conclude and the highest bidders will claim their prize.

The exhibition opens on 23rd October and will close on 6th November after the final bids and closing auction, which commence from 6pm.

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The Telemann Ensemble - Baroque Chamber Music


North Queensland's only specialist Early Music group, the Telemann Ensemble will present a concert featuring a composition by performer and composer Malcolm Tattersall, as well as music from the 18th century by Telemann, Vivaldi, Keller, Schultze.

Displaying a wonderful synergy of youthful energy and mature experience, this group explores the boundaries of baroque music performed on original instruments, as well as contemporary composition.

The group features beautiful harpsichord playing from Cairns' own Kaye Gersch along with other skilled performers from Townsville: Margaret Caley on baroque violin, Malcolm Tattersall on recorders, Daniel Cocks on oboe and recorder and Wade Tattersall on cello and recorder.

Where: St John’s Church, corner Lake and Minnie Sts, Cairns

Cost: Tickets $20 full, $15 concession, $15 child/school student, $40 family (2+2)
Bookings: ticketLink 1300 855 835.
Tickets will also be available at the door (cash only) from 7pm.

Telemann Ensemble website: http://telemannq.bigpondhosting.com/TE/

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Cell art space -Mina Mikia Imau (Little Glimpse) by Billy Missi

by Cell art space
(Cairns, QLD, Australia)

Warup Au Sagul (Drum Dance)

Warup Au Sagul (Drum Dance)

The Cell art space Management Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of Billy Missi's Mina Mikia Imau (Little Glimpse) from 26th July to 7th August 2009.

His body of work, a collection of prints on paper, is an expression of the importance of cultural heritage, survival, kinships and everyday life. He explores the complexities of the people of the Torres Strait, and how they survived for many, many generations in their tropical paradise.

We wish to invite you to the launch of Missi's exhibition on Friday 31st of July at 5.30pm at Cell art space, 109 Lake St (Ergon Energy Building) followed by complimentary nibbles at Twelve Bar Cafe. (Cnr Lake & Shields Sts).

It would be fantastic if you could attend the launch.

The exhibition runs until Friday 7th August. Viewable 24/7. Free. Please contact Carly Whouley, Management Committee Member on 0420 590 681 if you would like more information.

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CAIRNS ART SOCIETY'S 63RD ANNUAL OPEN ART EXHIBITION

by Tricia Davey
(Cairns)

Julia Golzar 'Campfire Surprise'

Julia Golzar 'Campfire Surprise'

100 pre-selected works from North Queensland and national artists will be featured at the Cairns Art Society’s 63rd Annual Open Art Exhibition.

The competition showcases an increasingly high standard of works and attracts discerning art buyers.

Exhibiting a broad spectrum of art styles and mediums, artists will be vying for awards in two major categories – Painting or Sculpture and wall art. Minor awards are also on offer including The Unpackers’ Choice Award.

The generous support of sponsors including Cairns Regional Council, Ron and Marion Ireland, Cairns Art Society, and Cairns Craft Centre, means the Exhibition has cash prizes valued at $7000.

Well-known artist, Ms Ludij Peden is judging this year’s competition. Ludij is a practicing professional artist, experienced workshop tutor, and art judge. Her works are well represented in many private, gallery and corporate collections.

The exhibition will be officially opened at Cairns Regional Gallery on 30 October from 5.30pm and will remain on display until 6 December

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Foliar

by Cell Management Committee
(109 Lake St, Cairns (Ergon Energy Building Window))

Deb Clark's exhibition, Foliar, is on at Cell art space from 28th November until 1st January 2010.

A unique exhibition showcasing a spread of leaves scattered across the space made up totally from re-cycled objects - the use of discarded clothing and old coat-hangers as well as laminated display sheets from past events. Every piece contains a history and differing memories that is now adding to the present in a renewed format. Each leaf is cut and stitched by hand: A depiction of a carpet of colour.



Cost: FREE

Time: 24hrs, 7 days a week

Venue: Cell Art Space, 109 Lake St, Cairns (Ergon Energy building)

www.cellartspace.com
infoATcellartspace.com

More information: Please contact Deb Clarke, member of Fibre Crafters FNQ on 0447 534 993

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08x10: New Styles from the Abstract Fringe.

by Kevin Mayo
(Cairns)


"First Time in Mangroves" (detail)

The title "08x10" refers to the size of the works. These are colourful abstract oils worked with a palette knife technique (+ a few figurative pieces). They are a body of new works created in the second half of 2008.

The sub-title is a pun on the venue which is the wonderful hair gallery As You Like It, Stratford, Cairns.

The exhibition opens April 30 from 6.30 - 8pm and runs until May 30.

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Hear a Story - Tell A Story Tanks Arts Centre


Hear A Story - Tell A Story Interactive Kiosk

Hear a Story - Tell a Story is a unique, interactive, touch-screen kiosk under development by Tanks Arts Centre as a permanent keeping place for first-hand anecdotes, photographs and other digitised memorabilia for visitors to engage with.

It's a cyber-place where people can explore our rich history and hear personal stories from the people who remember the Tanks being built during WWII, to those who helped convert them into an arts centre in the early nineties and those who have enjoyed playing here.

Over the last couple of months we have gathered together what material we can find as a starting point for the collection. What makes this project unique, is the ease with which people can, on the spot, add their own memories, contribute photographs; tell their own stories.

The project has been assisted by Q150 and the Regional Arts Development Fund.


COST Free
Venue T4
Genre Visual Art/ Interactive Kiosk

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Cairns Regional Gallery - Connecting with Country: Connecting with Community

Fiona Omeenyo, Spirit watch over woman 2003

Fiona Omeenyo, Spirit watch over woman 2003

Cairns Regional Gallery is proud to present Connecting With Country: Connecting With Community – an exhibition of vibrant contemporary works by the Lockhart River Art Gang, who draw inspiration from the beauty of the Eastern Cape Region and traditional indigenous beliefs, with darker references to social issues faced by many indigenous communities.

Connecting With Country: Connecting With Community comprises a selection of works from the Gallery collection, supplemented with works on loan from public and private collections.

The community of Lockhart River is 850 km north of Cairns and during the wet season, is cut off by road for almost 6-months every year. Despite this isolation, a group of artists in Lockhart River have become some of Australia’s most exciting new talent, exhibiting work throughout the nation and internationally.

The style of Lockhart River work varies widely, with each of its main artists distinguished by their individual approach. The most well known of the group, Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo, Sammy Clarmont and Adrian King have attracted significant attention since they produced their first prints in 1997.

Connecting With Country: Connecting With Community will remain on display at Cairns Regional Gallery until 15 March.

Cairns Regional Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm: Sunday & Public Holidays 1 - 5pm. Admission to the Gallery is $5 per adult. Children under 16 are free.

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - IN YOUR DREAMS

Bev Jensen, Maiden Voyage 2007

Bev Jensen, Maiden Voyage 2007

The thirty works represented in this exhibition are deeply felt mediations on dreams and dreaming. They challenge, they delight, they celebrate and they mourn. In the best sense, they enrich our understanding of ourselves and others not in any narrow sense as Canadians or Germans or Australians but as members of the human family.

A Travelling Exhibition curated by Helen Sanderson, IN YOUR DREAMS will remain on display at Cairns Regional Gallery until 23 August '09.

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Dancenorth presents Flickerfest "Best of Australian Short Films" National Tour

by Bri Steele
(Dancenorth, Townsville)


Dancenorth will be presenting 8 of the best Australian short films as shown at this year's infamous Bondi Beach Festival. Flickerfest, Australia's only Academy Award accredited short film festival, will be arriving in Dancenorth's CBD venue on 21 & 22 March.

Tickets are $10-$15 and are available via www.dancenorth.com.au or by calling 47722549.

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Cell art space - Arone Meeks Group:KuKu Midiji / Language:KuKu Yalanji /Area:Laura “Opals” &” Spirit ark”

Cell art space
Hours: Viewable 24 hours daily | Free to all
Venue location: Ergon Energy Building, 109 Lake Street, Cairns, Far North Queensland

Exhibiting until the 28th February 2009

Arone Meeks
Group:KuKu Midiji / Language:KuKu Yalanji /Area:Laura
“Opals” &” Spirit ark”

OPALS
These 5 canvases, on easels, refer to opals and their direct connection to water - water being a traditional vehicle for the Rainbow Serpent to move through. This imagery is a direct relationship to Country.

Each piece has its own individual connection story to Country, and in general talks about both the meeting of freshwater and saltwater, and the stories that were left by the Serpent as he travelled through the landscape.

In technique, I have flooded these canvases with saturated color, while controlling the blending to form each composition. In this way the layered surface image becomes connected to the background and infers connection to country.


SPIRIT ARK -Linocut
This work is based on navigation by the stars, the boat being both a symbolic vehicle to travel back to the dreaming in and a connection with country, spirit and place.

Contained within this vessel are elements of my childhood – the figure with three dillybags, a guiding light (far left), my mother (far right) and the three mangrove men figures. These designs, like those below the boat in the water, are location markers. They talk of the dugong seagrasses, irukandji jellyfish, sea cucumbers and the spawning coral.

Other key elements to the work are the different stages of personal growth through my years as a painter and printmaker and my relationship to place.

All works are for sale Contact: 0419665875


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INNISFAIL 2009 BIENNIAL ART EXHIBITION, OCTOBER 10 - 17

by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
(Innisfail, Queensland, Australia)

Innisfail Shire Hall (Photograph by K. Madsen-Pietsch)

Innisfail Shire Hall (Photograph by K. Madsen-Pietsch)

For up-to-date details and entry form download links, go to INNISFAIL ART SOCIETY INC Facebook group page http://groups.to/innisfail-art-society-inc/

ENTRIES CLOSE - 5pm, 11th September 2009
* Late entries are accepted but incur an extra $5 late fee per entry (max.5) and may not be listed in official catalogue.

DELIVERY - From 12noon to 4pm Friday 9th October 2009. Shire Hall Innisfail.

OFFICIAL OPENING - 7.30pm Saturday 10th October 2009.
Admission charge: $10.00
A cordial invitation is extended to all artists, friends and supporters.

JUDGE?S CRITIQUE Sunday, 11th October 2009
10am to 12 noon. Free entry.

ART DECO LUNCHEON
12noon. Free entry. A beautiful lunch can be purchased from the Innisfail Art Deco Society.

BERNHARDINE MUELLER?S PRESENTATION OF WORK
2pm. Sunday 11th October 2009.

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES
From Sunday, 11th October till Saturday 17th October 2009. 10am to 7pm

Pick up/Collection Artwork
Sunday 18th October 2009, from 9am to 12noon.
12noon to 4pm Friday 9th October 2009. Shire Hall Innisfail.
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AWARD LIST
1. OPEN
- $2000 sponsored by JK Mining.
Non-acquisitive. Entry automatic to all exhibiting artists.
2. PAINTING
- $500 sponsored by Paronella Park.
Non-acquisitive. Any subject any medium
3. WATERCOLOUR/GOUACHE
- $500 sponsored by Brothers Leagues Club.
Non-acquisitive. Watercolour/gouache, any subject.
4. DRAWING
- $500 sponsored by I.C.Taylor Holden Pty Ltd and Halpin Partners.
Non-acquisitive. Medium/s can be charcoal, oil & soft pastels, collage, pen/brush and ink, graphite pencil, chalk, conte crayon, water-soluble pencils etc.
5. MINIATURES
- $200 sponsored by Cairns Craft Centre.
Non-acquisitive. Maximum artwork size 6?x 8?or 15cm x 20cm (unframed dimensions).
6. CERAMICS
- $500 sponsored by Mager Constructions.
Non-acquisitive. Suitably fired, hand built or wheel thrown pottery.
7. SCULPTURE
- $500 sponsored by Rothnie?s Pharmacy.
Non-acquisitive. Free standing, any subject.
8. FIBRE ART
- $500 sponsored by Ergon Energy. Non-acquisitive.
Weaving, silk ribbon embroidery etc.
9. PHOTOGRAPHY
- $300 sponsored by Mr Kunobert Schmidt and Cumic Steel. Non-acquisitive. Any subject.
10. ARTISTS BOOKS
- $200 voucher sponsored by Cairns Craft Centre.
- $100 cash sponsored by Bundaberg Sugar
Non-acquisitive. Hand made. Artist must have copyright on any text.
11. PRINT
- $400 sponsored by Mr and Mrs G and H Schmidt. Non-acquisitive. Hands-on/direct ink-plate contact application required.
12. PATRON?S AWARD
- $500 sponsored by Mr H. W. Layt. Acquisitive. Portrait of a Cassowary Coast Region identity. Any medium. Size max 80cmx60cm (unframed dimensions)
13. LESLEY MURDOCH MEMORIAL AWARD
- $600 sponsored by Mr Scott Doherty and the Hensler and Strickland Families. Non-acquisitive. Automatic entry for financial Innisfail Art Society Members.
14. LOCAL ARTIST
- $400 sponsored by Bundaberg Sugar.
Non-acquisitive. Artists must live in the CCRC Shire and up to and including Babinda.
15. LOCAL STUDENT
- $100 sponsored by Innisfail Chemex.
Same as local award. Artist must be 18yrs or younger.
16. PEOPLE?S CHOICE
- $250 sponsored by Moore Stephens.
Non-acquisitive. Automatic entry to all artists.
17. JUDGE?S CHOICE
- $250 sponsored by North Coast Machinery.
Non-acquisitive. Automatic entry to all artists.
18. ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS
i. $50 voucher sponsored by The Art Barn
ii. $50 voucher sponsored by The Art Barn
iii. $50 sponsored by Graphically Speaking
iv. $50 sponsored by Innisfail Advocate
19. JUNIOR ENCOURAGEMENT
- $50 voucher sponsored by Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery

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The Bruce Downie Collection - Tanks Arts Centre


Exhibition 9 October – 13 November

The photographs and memories of No. 25 Operational Base Unit by 147586 LAC Downie B.G. W/T

Bruce Downie enlisted in the RAAF on his 18th birthday in February 1944 and trained as a wireless telegraphist. By the end of the year, he’d been posted to Cairns, where he was stationed for a year and a half. Here, he saw the end of WWII, he made friends, he went to the cinema, he listened to music and he took photographs.

Sixty five years later, Bruce Downie has donated all his photographs of Cairns, along with fascinating anecdotes and trivia to the Tanks Arts Centre. The collection is a young man’s portrait of a country town, during a time of war, a time of celebration and a time of joyful peace.

TIMES: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
COST: FREE
VENUE T4
GENRE Visual Art/photographs

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'Local Colour' Exhibition

by HeadsUp
(Cairns)

Julie McEnerny Image

Julie McEnerny Image

Local Colour is a stunning collection of new and recent artworks by 9 prominent local artists, showcasing how a range of styles and media can provide colour to the Cultural art of a region.

On the hunt for new and intimate gallery spaces, this group has discovered the tasty menu on offer at the Art room @ Vivo restaurant, Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove.

Exhibition opens Friday 6.30pm, May 8th for 2 months.

Artists:- Ross Hucks, Dom Johns, Ed Koumans, Julie McEnerny, Arone Meeks, Caroline Mudge, Roland Nancarrow, Simon Poole, Kristin Tennyson.

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Tanks Arts Centre - Creative Generations


CREATIVE GENERATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN

Official Launch Friday 4th September 6pm
Exhibition Dates 31 Aug – 27 September

Experience the artworks by some of Queensland’s outstanding senior visual arts students. This 2009 touring exhibition showcases the artwork of 40 senior students from both state and non-state schools in every region of the state.

The Awards encourage students to achieve high standards and promote the study of visual arts practice in schools and to the wider community. They also demonstrate the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of artforms and media, and the high standard of arts programs in Queensland secondary schools.

Shown initially at the Queensland Art Gallery, this exhibition tours throughout regional Queensland, providing students with an opportunity to present their works to the community in a professional exhibition context.

Cost free
Time 9.30 – 4.30 Mon - Fri
Venue T4

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Local Narrative by Sasi Victoire

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building)

Crokee's Country Book Cover

Crokee's Country Book Cover

Sasi celebrates Q150 through her children's books, Moving House and Crokee's Country, by exploring her local landscapes and characters which illustrates her embrace for heritage and living in FNQ.

Moving House is a book about a Queenslander home that is saved in the village of Stratford, and Crockee’s Country is inspired by the many crocodile narratives exchanged at the old Barron River bridge. On display are original artworks from the books, and a 3D sculpture of a old Queenslander.

'Local Narrative' is a precursor exhibition to her book launch in December at the Cairns Regional Gallery.

Viewable 24/7 until 3rd Oct 2009. For more info, visit www.cellartspace.com or www.sasivictoire.com.au

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - MOD SQUAD: Contemporary Design + Objects

LUIS NHEU Pure Gravity 2004

LUIS NHEU Pure Gravity 2004

MOD SQUAD: Contemporary Design + Objects
'Mod Squad' presents the work of top Queensland designers who have influenced, impacted and inspired contemporary design in Australia.

Showcasing product, furniture, lighting, jewellery and textile design, this touring exhibition also examines the innovative practices of these key creative individuals.

Artist & Curator's Talk 5.30pm Friday June 26 (Free Entry)
Official Launch from 6.30pm Friday June 26 (Free Entry)

Cairns Regional Gallery
Cnr Shields & Abbott Sts
Tel 4046 4800 or email infoATcairnsregionalgallery.com.au

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Reggaetown Festival

Warm up poster

Warm up poster

The Original, and the best - Australia's premier Island Roots and reggae music festival now in it's 7th year.

- set in the lush tropical grounds of Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural park

- on Saturday 5th September 2009 from 1 pm till 11 pm

- showcasing well known and emerging Artists from Jamaica, Africa, Noumea, New Zealand, the Torres Straits, PNG and across Australia

- playing Roots, Reggae, Hip Hop, R & B and world music across 3 stages

- as well as :Workshops, Markets and Cafes

For more info see www.reggaetown.com.au or call 0416037275

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - THROUGH STEEL EYES

Gianni Sabaini, Harp

Gianni Sabaini, Harp

An exploration of metals and metalwork techniques, exposing the potential and reactions to manipulation by local sculptor Gianni Sabaini.

Through Steel Eyes will be on display in the Loft Gallery at Cairns Regional Gallery, until 9 August 2009.

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The Dumpling Equines by Jennie Scott

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building, Window Front)

Equine Sculptures

Equine Sculptures

Jennie specialises in equestrian art, and is showcasing 'The Dumpling Equines', a combination of paintings and hand-built sculptures.

Exhibition ends Friday 27th Nov 2009.

FREE. Viewable 24/7. Ergon Energy Building Window Front.
www.cellartspace.com

Contact infoATcellartspace.com for further details.

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I honestly don’t know what people are thinking - Jessie Hall Exhibition

Emerging Artist – winner of 2008 Curators Award Energy Exhibition
DATES: 5 March – 8 April,

This, Energy 2008 Curators Award winner, Jessie Hall’s first solo exhibition, is a combination of this up-and-coming artist’s quirky observations, energetic illustrative style and knack of sourcing unloved and abandoned surfaces and material along with stray clippings of text. The result is works that are both comical and intruding.

Jessie is a young emerging artist communicating both her bewilderment and wonder at the world she sees around her. She traverses a wide range of media to create works that are initially perceived as humorous, but on extended viewing, reveal a darker more sharply ironic quality. Having just graduated from Trinity Bay State High School and already involved with local artists’ collective, RATS, this young artist is set to make her mark on the world.

Tanks Arts Centre is proud to present her first solo exhibition.

Times: 10.30 am – 4.30pm
Exhibit Open: 5 March – 8 April, 2009 Mon - Fri
Cost: Free
Venue: Tank 4
More info: Contact curator: 4032 6609

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Met Lecture Series

by KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

Met Lecture Series at KickArts
The Queensland Art Gallery is the only venue in the world to show the exhibition ‘American Impressionism and Realism: A Landmark Exhibition from the Met’, curated by Dr Barbara Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition makes available to Australian audiences, for the first time and on an unprecedented scale, a selection of 71 paintings from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Included are many of the Metropolitan’s best examples in the American Impressionist and Realist traditions that have never before been displayed together and are not likely to be lent again as an ensemble.

This groundbreaking presentation features works by 34 painters, renowned and less well-known. Some of the leading figures such as Impressionists John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and William Merritt Chase, and Realists John Sloan and William Glackens are each represented by several of their works.

‘American Impressionism and Realism’ considers how proponents of two styles that flourished about 1900 responded to modern life and to the era’s perplexing novelties, and invite consideration of what they embraced, what they did not, and why. Often saturated with light and colour, these paintings are always infused with meaning.

The works are usually displayed in the permanent galleries of the Metropolitan Museum’s American Wing, the renovation of which has enabled such an unusually large number of major American paintings to be lent for this unique exhibition.

Highlighting how Australian artists responded to key artistic developments of the time, more than 30 iconic Australian paintings are also included in the exhibition. Australian artists include Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Fredrick McCubbin and Rupert Bunny.

The exhibition includes light-filled landscapes and seascapes, magnificent portraiture and images that reflect aspects of modern life, leisure, cities and intimate depictions of women and children.

In conjunction with the exhibition the Queensland Art Gallery is offering a regional lecture series where you can spend an afternoon with Lynne Seear who will deliver an educational talk at 1.00pm on Saturday 20 June at KickArts.

Lynne is the Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development of the Queensland Art Gallery. As a member of the Executive Management Team Lynne also oversees the Gallery’s Collection development program including the acquisition of art works by purchase and gift.

Lynne is one of the executive staff responsible for the creative and curatorial development of the Gallery’s major exhibitions, including the Asia-Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art and ‘Andy Warhol’. She has extensive experience in publishing and has overseen the development and publication of several major books and exhibition catalogues, including Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850-1965; Darkness and Light; the Art of William Robinson; Brought to Light II; Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006; the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition catalogue; Andy Warhol and Picasso & his collection, and American Impressionism and Realism; A landmark exhibition from the Met.

Saturday 20 June at 1.00pm
KickArts – 96 Abbott Street Cairns

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Cairns Regional Gallery - Images of the North

Dennis Nona, Mugi Ulakalal

Dennis Nona, Mugi Ulakalal

Cairns Regional Gallery presents a unique visual experience with the exhibition Images of the North 1897 - 2008. 45 works of art were sourced from local, state public and private collections, to take Gallery visitors on an artistic journey throughout the Tropical North Queensland region, exploring the rich cultural origins and diversities that have shaped the area from the mid 19th Century to the present day.

Central to the exhibition are 2 magnificent works by indigenous artist Dennis Nona. Dennis Nona is widely acknowledged as one of the most prodigious contemporary Torres Strait Islander artists. As a boy, he learned the traditional craft of woodcarving and is recognised for pioneering the development of the highly intricate linocut prints now synonymous with Torres Strait Islands art. Mugi Ulakalal Small herd of dugong is carved from Raintree wood and finished with black coral. This stunning pair of dugong sculptures tells the story of swimming along with the herd, while keeping a little apart from the main body of the group. The intricate patterns on the mother represent the seagrass reef (Maza) on Badu Island where dugong feed.

Artists featured in this exhibition include Donald Friend, Sam Thaiday, Thancoupie, Ray Crooke, Yvonne Cohen and Wiliam Yang.

Images of the North is on display until 5 April 2009

Cairns Regional Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday and Public Holidays 1 - 5pm. Entry is $5 per adult, children under 16 free.

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Virtual Museum

by Amini S.Abrizeh

I am pleased to introduce a summary of a performance by a contemporary artist, Mr. Farhad Sadeghi Amini, who is a well-known artist who has been involved in many international art activities. One of his greatest concerns is Mother Nature, and how to attract the attention of people around the world to how they are able to save Mother Nature.

He has an idea for a performance of a Conceptual Art project for Art History Civilization and how humans destroyed nature by their own hand.

A virtual museum is a combination of light and laser light, steam, sound, video projection (Video Art) and paper sculpture that combine to make a virtual museum.

In each part of this virtual Museum he will show different views of various times from the big bang to the current century and what happened during these periods. In each section a human paper statue, which is signed by the calligraphy of different regions, will complete the concept of the role of humanity in these changes.

If you are interested to know more details about this project he has prepared a 3D picture that I will send you for more information.

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Tanks Arts Centre - Worldly Tales – Hannah Parker Exhibition

Hannah Parker

Hannah Parker

6 March - 31 March Print maker, story teller, and draftswoman, Hannah Parker, draws inspiration from traditional fairytales that have originated and developed in various cultural backgrounds.

A fascination with these stories and the relationships that they reveal, between all of mankind, are what Hannah attempts to portray in her artwork and performance.

“All cultures, across time, express stories and use them as emotional and spiritual maps. Their narratives reveal our interconnectedness, and the commonality of the human condition - our continual experience of complex emotions in our struggle for integrity.”

Official Launch: Friday 6 March, 6pm
Times: 10.30 am – 4.30pm
Exhibit Open: 6 March – 31 March Mon - Sat
Cost: Free
Venue: Tank 4

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Cairns Potter's Club Annual Mother's Day Fair

by Di Thompson
(Cairns)

Samallie ready for the Annual Mothers's Day Fair

Samallie ready for the Annual Mothers's Day Fair

Cairns Potter's Club Annual Mothers Day Fair

Free entry to the Cairns Potters Club Annual Mothers Day Fair Saturday 9th May which will be held at the Cairns Potters' Clubhouse 28a Grove Street on Saturday May 9th from 8am- 3pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire wonderful ceramics exquisitely handmade by many of the creative local Cairns and Tablelands Artists.

Special Raku firings, wheel demonstrations, the fun Children’s Play Clay classes, face painting and sausage sizzle with refreshments all available at the clubhouse at 28A Grove Street.

For information call Di Thompson 0405 227 633.



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Tanks Arts Centre - CARNIVAL ON COLLINS 2009


CARNIVAL ON COLLINS

DATE: FATHERS DAY SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

As one of the most popular events on the Festival Cairns calendar, Carnival on Collins is the ideal way to spend Fathers' Day Sunday. This year Carnival on Collins not only celebrates its 20th birthday, but is the standout finale event of Festival Cairns, and an apt way to bring to a close the region's cultural extravaganza.

Indulge in a bonanza of activities and entertainment with almost 200 stalls. including plant stalls, lifestyle products, arts and crafts, food and refreshments, three exciting stage of live entertainment, and a free Children's Wonderland for the little ones.

There's also amusement rides, roving entertainers and a coffee retreat for the adults. Add to this horticulture and enviro-friendly information booths, plus much more.

This year's Carnival on Collins promises to be the biggest and best yet and two decades after the first carnival took over the Edge Hill culture precinct, this is the chance for the Cairns community to celebrate a bit of local history with the 20th birthday celebrations.

A Market Feast will be presented by Q150 and the State Library of Queensland within the grounds of the Tanks Arts Centre. A range of traditional and contemporary Asian dishes are available as cooks share their recipes, stories, histories, dance , music and culture whilst preparing your meal

Cost FREE
Time 9AM - 3PM
Venue Cairns Botanical Gardens/Collins Ave and Tanks Arts Centre

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"Arty Weekend"

by Kerri Redding
(Atherton)


A weekend of art in Atherton.

Opening of Kerri Redding's solo exhibition "Paintings" by Ludij Peden 6pm, Friday 6th November at Foyer Gallery, Mabel Street Atherton. Wine, cheese and good company.

Painting outdoors at Hallorans Hill Atherton 9.30 Saturday 7th. Great Tableland views.

Opening of "Painters in the Park" a Mareeba group of artists, 3 pm Saturday 7th at Old Post Office Gallery, Herberton Rd, Atherton.

Painting at Lake Barrine 9.30 Sunday 8th. Morning tea and lunch available at Lake Barrine Tea House. Magic rainforest lake setting.

All events are free. For further information contact Kerri Redding. 40912955 or tropartATbigpond.com

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Cairns Regional Gallery - Chelsea Smile

Hayley Gillespie, Sweet & Sour Jade 2008

Hayley Gillespie, Sweet & Sour Jade 2008

A sweet and sour exhibition of fears, nightmare and what lurks in the shadows. Local artist Hayley Gillespie explores the darker side of childhood and fairytales in this series of paintings.
Chelsea Smile is on display until 22 February 2009.
Cairns Regional Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday & Public Holidays 1 - 5pm.
Admission is $5 per adult. Children under 16 are free.

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"Body Language"

by David C Rowe
(Ingham, Qld, Australia)

North Queensland surrealist, David C Rowe, is having an exhibition of oil paintings at "Off the Rails" Cafe Gallery, 39 Hynes St, Sth Johnstone(near Innisfail, Nth Qld) on Saturday 30th May opening at 6.30pm.

Exhibition will be opened by Glen O'Malley. Gallery will be open 10am - 5pm Wed - Sun. Exhibition closes 12th July.

If you wish to have a meal at the cafe at the opening, bookings are essential. Meals are $15 per person.

The paintings are figurative, of a surreal nature. The exhibition consists of a series of "white" paintings and "black" paintings. Within this concept, the figures are manipulated by elements in an aesthetic context.

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Cell art space -Fusing Cells

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building)

Fusing Cells Invitation

Fusing Cells Invitation

A unique collaboration of paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics; Fusing Cells represents the formation of the new Cell team, and the collaboration of the four artists together in a group show.

The exhibition is held from April 27th until May 30th 2009 shown in Cell art space, 109 Lake St (Ergon Energy building window shop front), and can be viewed 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Additional works will be on-show at 2 Tone Tapas restaurant and cocktail lounge (113 Lake St; their opening hrs are Tuesday to Saturday 7am - 2pm and 6pm - 12pm) where the opening night of Fusing Cells will gather for drinks afterwards on Friday 1st May 2009 at 5.30pm.

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - KIDS ART DAY

COLLECTED COLLAGE COLLECTIVE
Saturday 22 August 1.30 ? 3.30pm (both days)
In conjunction with the environmental exhibition 'Water's Edge', exhibiting artist Susan Doherty will take kids on an exciting environmental art activity. Using found and collected objects, such as bottle tops and plastic discs, kids will make a large collective patterned collage, then take an individual art piece home with them.

Cost: $20 / $18 for Friends of Cairns Regional Gallery.
Classes held at Cairns Regional Gallery, Cnr Abbott & Shields Sts, Cairns.

Bookings essential, limited spaces.
For further information, contact the Gallery on 4046 4800 or email infoATcairnsregionalgallery.com.au

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Tanks Arts Centre - Energy 2009 Exhibition


ENERGY 2009 EXHIBITION

OFFICIAL LAUNCH Friday 4th September 6pm
Exhibition dates 3 Sept – 16 Sept

Well reputed as one of the region’s most popular art exhibitions, the highly anticipated ‘Energy Exhibition’ once again returns to Tanks Arts Centre.

‘Energy’ is the region’s showcase of some of the best young emerging artistic talent, and in the past has acted as a stepping stone for student artists to become solo exhibitors.

With a strong reputation for presenting viewers with diverse and exciting works that reflect professionalism and maturity well beyond the age of the Year 11 and 12 students who exhibit, this unique event is often the first glimpse into the work of the future’s most acclaimed artistic talents.

The exhibition, which displays visual art works from schools throughout the Far North Queensland region, is part of the prestigious Creative Generations Awards for Excellence in Visual Art and Design program.

Works exhibited as part of ‘Energy’ include drawing, painting, photography, innovative installation and multi-media works.

This exhibition and awards program run in conjunction with ‘Energy’ is supported each year by Ergon Energy and the Queensland Government.


Cost FREE
Time 9.30 – 4.30 Mon - Fri
Venue T4
Info Janelle Williams Trinity Bay High School

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Aus and Cokiyu - Concert at KickArts

by KickArts Contemporary Arts
(96 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870)


KickArts Contemporary Arts, the IMA and Room 40 present Aus (Japan) and Cokiyu (Japan) on Friday September 11 at 7.00pm in the JUTE Theatre.

Tokyo is a city of endless tiny streets, sprawling parks and countless incongruous communities co-exiting in a glorious pulse of activity.

Amongst these communities is a wealth of curious sound makers and musicians creating work that defines a new vision of electronically manipulated Japanese songform.

One label dedicated to this hybrid sound is Flau – and two of their key artists Aus (aka Yasuhiko Fukuzono) and Cokiyu will play in Cairns Friday September 11 to cast light over this effervescent new musical happening.

Aus’s music unites small melodic passages with detailed layers of rhythm and texture gathered from his everyday surroundings. By contrast, Cokiyu creates work that references the pastoral qualities of recent Icelandic outputs from Mum, offering suggestive melodies and sweeping emotive passages that bring the listeners' ears into soft focus.

Join KickArts on Friday September 11 at 7.00pm in the Jute Theatre for an exquisite journey of delicate and imaginative sounds. All are welcome and entry is free.



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Seventeen Unsung Songs

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(96 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870)

Image from Seventeen Unsung Songs - Artist Adam Nash

Image from Seventeen Unsung Songs - Artist Adam Nash

SEVENTEEN UNSUNG SONGS

KickArts Contemporary Arts, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery and multimedia performance and sound artist Adam Nash, presents Seventeen Unsung Songs at KickArts on February 7 from 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Adam Nash works with post-convergent media in which, as he describes, no single media element (sound, vision, sociality, network, time, etc.) takes precedent, rather they all exist equally in a symbiotic relationship, without which none of them could exist.

The natural home for Nash's post-convergent works are multi-user visual environments or MUVEs , digitally composed online worlds in which multiple users interact with the work in real time. Seventeen Unsung Songs is located on an island within the popular MUVE known as Second Life. It is a multi-part work comprising 17 interrelated pieces that might be described as interactive sound sculptures or post-convergent songs.

Different sounds in the songs are triggered by the participants, breaking down conventional distinctions between composer, performer and audience. Viewers can experience the work in the exhibition using the computer terminal in the foyer at KickArts. Look out for the floating boxes next to the songs. Clicking on them will reveal the artist's description of each individual work. The large-scale projection, Seventeen Unsung Songs, shows a pre-recorded performance of the songs by the artist.

Adam Nash is recognized as one of the most innovative media artists working with multi-user virtual environments. Nash situates his work within networked real-time 3-D spaces such as Second Life, exploring these virtual worlds as live audiovisual performance spaces. The winner of the Premiere of Queensland's National New Media Art Award, Nash has exhibited widely across Europe, Asia, America, South America, Thailand, Argentina, the Netherlands and Italy.

You are invited to join the artist in Second Life and experience his monumental work at this all-day event in KickArts Foyer where, between 11.00am and 12.00pm Nash will give an online induction and tour of Seventeen Unsung Songs.

All welcome. Free entry.
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Cairns Regional Gallery - Free First Saturday

One of the initiatives for 2009 at Cairns Regional Gallery will be free entry on the first Saturday of every month.

Gallery Director, Paul Brinkman said, "This initiative is designed to attract locals who may not otherwise take the opportunity to experience the exceptional variety of exhibitions we display throughout the course of the year. With Rusty's Markets, the Esplanade Markets and fabulous cafes for coffee and snacks, a Saturday spent in the city can be a wonderful experience. A visit to the Gallery is the perfect addition to a relaxing interlude after a busy week".

For further information regarding Free First Saturday and other events at the Gallery, please contact Tel 4046 4800

Cairns Regional Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 1 - 5pm on Sunday.

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Tanks Arts Centre My Home, My History


My Home, My History
Dr Suzanne Goopy, David Lloyd, Angela Blakely & Suzanne Howard
15 May - 12 Jun

This poignant and innovative touring documentary photographic exhibition features the determination of one of Australia's most successful migrant groups.

The Queensland Arts Council Ontour Exhibition "My Home, My History" captures the everyday lives of five post-war Italian migrant couples, documenting nostalgic images of their elaborate domestic interiors, and the objects and people who furnish them.

Coupled with the 75-minute documentary film "Mangiare Bene" (To Eat Well), the images tell the personal stories of a generation of Italo-Australians who left their home-land after the heartache of WWII to start a new life in Australia.

Displaying great determination, a sense of communal identity and creative spirit, this group has now become one of Australia's most successful migrant communities.

The exhibition brings together a unique combination of perspective from the visual arts and the social sciences to explore the experience of this generation who is now reaching old age.

Anthropologist, Dr Suzanna Goopy, and documentary film makers David Lloyd and Angela Blakely collaborated on this exhibition as part of a wider research project for Griffith University.

Dr Goopy says that as well as providing a beautiful rendering of often extraordinary ornate interiors, the photographs captured the hybrid identity of the group.

It reflects their simultaneous embrace of Australian values of prosperity and material success, and an "Italian" commitment to family and tradition.

Official Launch: 6pm Friday 15 May
Times: 10am - 4:30pm weekdays
Exhibit Open: 15 May ? 12 Jun
Cost: free
Venue: Tank 4
More info: www.qac.org.au

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Tanks Sunday Markets


Sunday Markets at Tanks Arts Centre is a blend of local quality art, craft, produce, quality vintage clothing, collectables and lifestyle stalls combined with family friendly activities, local musicians & entertainers, and arts-based workshops-all free.

- Come and meet the locals and enjoy
a slice of cultural life in the tropic

Sunday Market Dates for 2009:
29 April
31 May
28 June
26 July
27 September
25 October
29 November

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Go Troppo Arts Festival, Port Douglas

by Jill Booth
(Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia)


OCTOBER 2 - 11, 2009

Go Troppo Arts Festival, Port Douglas, is in its second year. It celebrates the season of renewal and abundance, which heralds the Wet season, through music, visual arts, theatre, dance, music, film, fun...and food!

Last year fifteen events participated, with resounding success. Come join us this year as an artist, a curator, spectator or better still, experience a "hands-on" tropical workshop at artists' studios or in the iconic old Sugar Wharf.

Would you like to build a life-sized portrait in clay, produce hand-made paper using bamboo or banana leaves? What about stage craft at the Clink Theatre? Glass jewellery or desk objects in a working glass art studio? Paint a silk scarf or dye a length of fabric from local natural dyes? Sketch in the rainforest by tumbling clear creeks?

The choice is yours!
Watch this space for updates!

61 7 4099 3448

...arts alive in the tropics

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Art Rocks!- an exhibition by Simon Poole

Annan Gorge Rocks!3

Annan Gorge Rocks!3

Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Shield St., Cairns
Dates: 23rd May - 28th June 2009

In this exhibition Simon employs a range of media to explore the concepts of scale, form and perspective in the landscape; of how, as a viewer of an artwork, we only get to experience an abstracted feature of the world seen through the artist’s eyes.

Simon’s investigations therefore take us through some of the processes employed by artists to simulate the real world, utilising an aspect of the Australian landscape, namely rock faces, as an example of how a sense of form is created in a 2 dimensional environment.

Rocks are central to life; central to the urban forms we inhabit, of being witness to the passage of a juvenile humankind, and of being crushed and brushed by the artist.

Simon’s sculptures, installations and paintings, through the application of digital technologies, rediscover how the use of colour and tone add to our comprehension of 3 dimensions.

His discoveries aim to coax the viewer into a closer sensory association with what he has experienced and been moved by. Figures begin to appear in the renderings leaving him with a feeling that he has awoken to the spirit of Country and he is overcome with respect for the land and its story.


Quote:
As I sat pondering the form of the rock face opposite me in the gorge, I began to sense its enduring history; of how the rock has tolerated all that has elapsed and of how it still enjoys a stoicism that remains to the last weathered facet.


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Marking Places

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

Artist: Fabian Riley Wuban (tree frog)

Artist: Fabian Riley Wuban (tree frog)

‘Marking Places’ is the third exhibition in the KickArts Hatch series and features works of art by Michael Anning, Daniel Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Mark Hollingsworth, Abe Muriata, Napolean Oui and Fabian Riley in collaboration with the Aboriginal Rainforest Art Group (ARAG).

Hatch: KickArts Regional Exhibition Series is a new industry development initiative that supports the presentation and promotion of more artists in KickArts’ high quality exhibition program and is funded by Arts Queensland.

The Indigenous artists presenting in Marking Places are from the tropical rainforest region of Far North Queensland, which stretches along the east coast from Townsville to the Bloomfield River north of Cairns. It incorporates the Daintree Rainforest and is the only surviving part of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest in Australia.

Within this region there are 20 distinct Aboriginal tribal groups that have inhabited the rainforest for thousands of years. These are: Banjin, Bar-Barrum, Buluwai, Djabugay, Djiru, Girramay, Gulngay, Gunggandji, Jirrbal, Koko Muluridji, Kuku Yalanji, Madjanyi, Ma:Mu, Ngadjon-Jii, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Wanyurr, Yidinji and Yirrganydji.

The artifacts from this region are unique and include large, broad shields, wooden swords up to 1.5m in length, the cross boomerangs, bicornial baskets, decorated bark blankets and ceremonial fire stick sets. The shields from this region were traditionally the largest in Australia and were made from the buttress roots of a native fig tree which is only found in the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland. These large shields provided a “canvas” for this art form to evolve exclusively amongst the rainforest people over thousands of years.

It was in this remote rainforest region that this unique culture and art evolved in virtual isolation and even today it is still little known outside of the region. Each of the traditional groups has developed its own style and designs but together all the art from the region is still easily recognisable as ‘Rainforest Art’ due to the large blocks of colour outlined in black used to produce bold, geometric designs which have totemic and cultural meanings and significance. Symbols and icons unique to the region are also incorporated in the designs.

This striking artform is very distinctive and unlike any other Indigenous art in Australia. This style, interpreted as contemporary art on canvas, has the potential to become the next breakout Indigenous art movement in Australia. This is one of the main goals of the Aboriginal Rainforest Art Group.

Marking Places is currently on exhibition at KickArts in Gallery Two and officially opens on Saturday 22 August in Gallery Two at 12.00 midday. The exhibition runs through to September 12. Entry is free and everybody is welcome.


Artist: Fabian Riley
Image: Wuban (tree frog)
Photographer: David Campbell

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Go Troppo Arts Festival Port Douglas

by Jill Booth
(Port Douglas)

Learn belly dancing and samba.

Learn belly dancing and samba.

Preparations are almost complete for the 2009 Go Troppo Arts Festival in Port Douglas. This ten day celebration of life, arts and culture will kick off on Friday October 2 with a gala cocktail party at the fabulous old sugar wharf on the waterfront.

As in past years this is sure to be very popular event as guests enjoy delicious refreshments on the deck and discover wonderful artwork by twenty one artists inside the shed. Titled "Monsoon Passage" the exhibition is curated by Cairns artist, Christine Eyres.

There is a virtual cornucopia of wonderful and varied arts experiences awaiting you - eight exhibitions, theatre, music and a choice of eighteen exciting arts workshops.

Friends of the Festival receive generous discounts to all events for which there is a charge (most are free or just a gold coin entry) so why not join?

Please check out the website www.go-troppo-arts-festival.com then "go troppo with us!".

Accommodation packages are available or just ring up your favourite resort and ask for their best festival deal.

See you there!

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Sting in the Tail

by KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

Gerald Fourmile - Shake a leg

Gerald Fourmile - Shake a leg

Sting in the Tail
Kick Arts Gallery One July 28 – September 12

Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking was launched in early 2009. The Studio is located just north of the city in the Cairns Cultural Precinct near the Botanical Gardens.

‘Djumbunji’ is a traditional word of the Gimuy Yidinji people, which means ‘belongs to scorpion place’ and honours the location of the printmaking studio in the area of Bunda Djumbunji (Scorpion Mountain), the traditional name for the Whitfield Mountain Range.

Housed in a building that is generously supported by James Cook University the studio is equipped to offer a full range of printmaking services.

Djumbunji Press provides major cultural infrastructure for Cairns and artists across Far North Queensland and has been made possible by the Queensland Government through its backing Indigenous Arts Program.

In celebration of this major cultural infrastructure for the artists of Cairns and Far North Queensland, KickArts presents a collection of fine art prints created by artists collaborating with the new printmaking studio.

These limited edition prints from some of the region’s leading and emerging artists have been published by Djumbunji Press and present the wealth of talent from this remote part of Australia.

Sting in the Tail is a selection of framed recent works on paper by over 20 Far North Queensland contemporary artists, produced as part of an initial series of workshops through Djumbunji Press in the first half of 2009. Artists worked to create intaglio plates with Djumbunji Press printmaker Dian Darmansjah during workshops that were conducted both in the Cairns based studio and in the field at the Indigenous community of Yarrabah and at the Weipa Arts Hub.

This collection of multi-coloured etchings explores the artists’ connection to the environment and their history within it. Sting in the Tail reflects the great diversity of forms of expression that is present in the vibrant Tropical North Queensland arts community.
Sting in the Tail is currently exhibiting in Gallery One at KickArts and runs through to September 12.

Please join us on August 22 at 12.00 midday when Judge Sarah Bradley will officially open the exhibition.
Entry is free and everybody is welcome.

Artist: Gerald Fourmile
Image: Shake a leg
Photographer: David Campbell

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Tanks Arts Centre - Face of a sister city photographic exhibition


FACE OF A SISTER CITY PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

OFFICIAL LAUNCH SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 11AM
EXHIBITION DATES 26 SEPT – 15 OCTOBER

Experience the lifestyle of seven different cultures simultaneously in this photographic exhibition, Face of A Sister City.

In a 24-hour period from midday on Saturday 2 May, photographers in Cairns and its seven sister cities – Oyama and Minami in Japan, Riga in Latvia, Scottsdale in Arizona USA, Sidney in British Columbia Canada, Lae in Papua New Guinea and Zhanjiang in China – simultaneously captured images of people and lifestyles in each of these difficult cultural communities.

Only 20 photographers per city were chosen for this special exhibition.

Experience the different cultures and lifestyles of people experiencing the same day and time in history, and reveal in their differences and similarities.

Dates: 26 September-15 October
Launch: Sunday 27 September – 11am
Times: 10am-4pm weekends & 9am-4.30pm weekdays
Cost: Free
Venue: Tank 4

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Story-Line Exhibition

by Simon Poole
(Cairns)

Gen Anderson's 'Sugar Country'

Gen Anderson's 'Sugar Country'

‘Story-Line’ is a group exhibition of 30 artists depicting local identities, places and things, each with a story to tell.

Exhibition opens daily at 9.30am from 21st August to 5th September at the HeadsUp Gallery
70 Abbott Street, Cairns

Opening Night event including Band, DJ, performance and Bar: Saturday 29th August 2009 at 6.30pm

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CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR

by Jon Adams
(Brisbane)

CRAIG KOOMETA Ku’ (Camp dog), 2OO8.

CRAIG KOOMETA Ku’ (Camp dog), 2OO8.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), 21-23 August 2009, is Australia's newest art fair and the only one dedicated to offering the best contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from Queensland.

Showcasing work from several of Australia's leading Indigenous art galleries alongside Queensland's Indigenous Art Centres, CIAF welcomes art collectors, dealers, gallerists, first-time buyers and those wanting to immerse themselves in the best Indigenous art from this region.

CIAF is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with the art fair complemented by performances, workshops and the CIAF Symposium.

Performances include dance, music, storytelling and song, and visitors can see artists at work at Djumbunji Press.

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Cairns Regional Gallery Friends Annual Coach Tour

by Tricia Davey
(Cairns)

Karnak Gallery

Karnak Gallery

The annual Friends of Cairns Regional Gallery coach tour "Tropical Bounty" is scheduled for Sunday 3rd May, departing at 9am from Cairns.

The tour will include a tour and tropical fruit tasting at Whyanbeel Arboretum, lunch and historical walk at Karnak Playhouse and Gallery, and a visit to artist Julie Poulsen's studio.

The tour will return to Cairns approx 5.30pm.

The cost is $70 for Friends and $75 for non-members. Bookings and prepayment are essential by 24th April.

For further information contact Tricia Davey on (07) 40464810

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Sasi Victoire Book launch for Q150 celebrations

by Sasi Victoire
(Cairns QLD)

Sasi Victoire Book launch Q150

Sasi Victoire Book launch Q150

Belonging, identity and the journey towards self-discovery are all themes explored by Sasi Victoire in her writing and artworks.

With assistance from Q150 and RADF grants she has now developed Moving House and Crokee's Country in which she explores her local landscape and characters. They form the backdrop and setting for her children's books to preserve and record the intangible heritage of this area.

The books reflect belonging and embracing life in North Queensland; against the fascinating tropical backdrop of familiar, yet unique spaces Sasi now calls her home.

Moving House is a book about a Queenslander home that is saved in the village of Stratford. Crockee's Country is inspired by the many crocodile narratives exchanged at the old Barron River bridge where she now walks her dogs. These daily walks also reveal much damage to the Barron River catchment area through leisure activities and development.

In Crokee's Country she highlights the need for protective custodianship of waterways and valuing the environment.

Sasi provides a preview snapshot of the themes she has explored in the works that accompany the launch of her books on 24 November at JCU Library at 4pm and 5 December at 3 pm at Cairns Regional Gallery as part of the Q150 celebrations. (See invitation)

These books translate across national borders to all children about what is unique and essential about their surroundings and the need to preserve their intangible heritage. It also reveals the character of the Tropical Far North Queensland to audiences beyond the stereotypical Australian kangaroos and koala tourism pitch.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Dr Sasi Victoire
6 Stoney Creek Road, KAMERUNGA Mobile: 0428 580286
Web: www.sasivictoire.com.au
www.bookcreatorscircle.com.au/a/Writers/DR_SASI_VICTOIRE
BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN ALL GOOD BOOK STORES AT RRP $24.99.

1.MOVING HOUSE
This is the story of an old Queenslander house that was saved and relocated to the village of Stratford, Cairns, Far North Queensland.
It was lovingly restored to thrive in this village.

The characters in the book are based on the residents of a vibrant community with a strong Sense of Place

2. CROCKEE'S COUNTRY
An object rolls out of a sand truck and catches the interest of a flock of ibis near a sugar canefield. They peck at it and out hatches Crockee, lost and a long way from home. She goes in search of her mummy.

She has many adventures through the landmarks of the city of Cairns before she arrives at the Barron river......

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Jemima Wyman / On edge

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(Cairns QLD Australia)

Earthquake Girl by Jemima Wyman

Earthquake Girl by Jemima Wyman

KickArts, in conjunction with On Edge Contemporary Media and Performance Festival, presents 3 video works from Jemima Wyman (a contemporary video artist who lives and works between Brisbane and Los Angeles), which are currently screening in KickArts Gallery Two until 25 July.

Jemima has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally and her practice works across various mediums including installation, video, performance, photography and painting.

The 3 contemporary video works Combat Drag, Whak’emall and Earthquake Girl are a result of her research into ‘communal skins’ which aims to critique traditional notions of the classical body through imagery and ideology related to Liberation Armies.

It is the political dimension of imagining and or inhabiting a ‘communal skin’ that is the impetus of her practice as it raises the moral dimension of actions and decisions in relation to others.

A self-defined term, ‘communal skin/s’ relates to the social potential of camouflage (through pattern and fabric) as a transformative device to construct new understandings of subjectivity in relation to a collective body.

‘Communal skins’ are represented and produced through customised masks, large-scale pour paintings, embodied installations, live performances, wallpaper and video works.

Presented is imagery of fictional and real Liberation Armies that use masks, patterned fabric coverings and camouflage, as forms of resistance to protect and give power in combat.

The armies represented appear to have constructed their own skin out of the patterned fabric and masks. This metaphoric skin creates a uniform collective body, indiscriminate of geographic location or gender, also allowing members to see without being identified.

It is utilised in the works to exaggerate the interface between the inside and outside of the body, between the viewer and the viewed, the subject and the object.

The transformative potential of rewriting the skin’s surface, through use of patterned fabric and masks, is used to evade the current social order of defining different bodies as other.

This metaphoric skin allows Jemima to explore difference while avoiding the perpetuation of imagery that reiterates oppressive power relations by representing bodies outside of the dominant hegemony as exotic or debased.

Within this process of representing complex subjectivity, the viewer’s corporeal experience is also questioned through physiological effects built into the work; through aggressive optical patterning, lucid colours, humorous scenarios, violent actions, sexual titillation and nauseating sound.

These physiological effects, coupled with the deceptive quality of camouflage (that questions the reliability of perception) aims to disorientate the viewer enough to psychologically charge their experience of the work, with the intention of resensitising their awareness.

This is a process where visual devices applied to the body have both a serious and humorous consequence in the world.

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Cairns Indigenious Art Fair & Festival Cairns

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building)

Cell art space welcomes the collaboration of Festival Cairns and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) supported by Ergon Energy in exhibiting promotional material for these two concurrent events. In the space are 2D boards suspended from the ceiling depicting imagery which celebrates Cairns and its festivities.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is a new unique event of collaborative activities scattered around Cairns, promoting diverse Indigenous cultures of Queensland. Attend music concerts, exhibitions, dance performances, symposiums and talk events from one of the many venues including; the Tanks Art Centre, Djumbunji Press, Cairns Regional Gallery, Canopy Arts, and Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCa) from the 21st-23rd of August 2009. Visit www.ciaf.com.au for further information.

Festival Cairns, now in its 47th year celebrates all that is Cairns; culture, our unique tropical lifestyle, our talents and our multi-cultural diversity. The theme this year is “Telling our Stories”, and with many free events, and a variety of concerts, exhibitions, family activities, theatre performances, film screenings and good food, there is no reason not to celebrate all that is wonderful about where we live. Events run from the 21st August – 6th September 2009. Visit http://www.festivalcairns.com.au for further details.

Posters promoting the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and Festival Cairns form the August/September exhibition at Cell art space showing until 4th September 2009.

Cell is viewable 24 hours 7 days a week for free. Visit www.cellartspace.com to contact us.

Ergon Energy is a principal partner of Festival Cairns.

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"This is Cassowary Country" - Cairns Regional Gallery 11 April to 24 May

by Laurel McKenzie, curator
(Cairns, Qld, Australia)


This is Cassowary Country is an exhibition of work by seven local artists - Mollie Bosworth, Susan Doherty, Barbara Dover, Terry Eager, Margaret Genever, Gerhard Hillmann and Arone Meeks.

The exhibition opens on 11 April, but will be officially launched on Friday 17 April at 6.30 pm by Senator Jan McLucas. The launch will be preceded by a Curator's Talk at 6pm. "This is Cassowary Country" is a collaborative effort. The artists, working in diverse media and styles, are unified in their deep concern for the preservation of the far north Queensland rainforest habitat of the cassowary. And they are anxious to highlight the precarious situation for this important, umbrella species - the cassowary.

The artists are members of Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery and the exhibition complements the KCon's work to identify and document the remaining cassowaries, their habitat and their condition in this region. The study is in addition to KCon's volunteer program of growing local native plants in its 5000-plant nursery.

The artists, recognising the unique ability of visual art to communicate complex ideas in a way which other media cannot, have created new works for this exhibition with the aspiration of widening awareness of the endangerment of the cassowary.

They draw attention to its importance to the ecosystem of the rainforests of the region, and to the threats to its very survival. In doing so, they enable us to see ways forward. The works that they have created will encourage visitors to the exhibition to see that this magnificent and inherently valuable species must not be allowed to slide into extinction without a concerted effort to ensure its continued existence.

Each of the artists has engaged with the subject from their own perspective, and using their own creative language to enunciate the issues with clarity. They have created innovative and thought-provoking works which will serve as an inspiration to visitors to the gallery.

The Queensland Government and the Cairns Regional Council (through the Regional Arts Development Fund) have recognized the importance of this initiative and supported it, as have the Myer Foundation and the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

A 22 page catalogue has been produced and will serve not only as a record of the event, but a permanent reminder of the plight of the cassowary and the need for all of us to take actions to promote its survival.

The exhibition will be supported by several public programs at the gallery: A childrens' school holiday workshop using found materials will be conducted by Dianne Daniels and Susan Doherty on Wed 15 April; A solar etching weekend workshop will be conducted by Margaret Genever and Laurel McKenzie on 9 - 10 May; A presentation and discussion titled "The Cassowary - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" will take place on Sat 16 May. The presenters are Dr David Westcott, Dr Les Moore, Dr Nicky Moore.

Contact Cairns Regional Gallery if you are interested in attending any of the above. ph:(07) 4046 4800 email: Web: www.cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

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Enora and the Black Crane - Book Launch and Exhibition

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(96 Abbott Street Cairns QLD 4870)

Enora and the Black Crane

Enora and the Black Crane

KickArts, in conjunction with Magabala Books and celebrated Cairns artist Arone Meeks, is proud to be launching a new edition of the award winning book Enora and the Black Crane. Magabala Books is a not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation and is Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous book publisher that aims to promote, preserve and publish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Enora and the Black Crane was written and illustrated by Arone, and is a traditional Indigenous story based on his knowledge of the bush, the spirits who lived there and their laws as taught to him by his grandfather, a member of the Kuku Midiji people of Laura in Cape York.

Arone is an award winning author and illustrator of several children’s books and one of Australia’s leading artists. Arone grew up in El Arish with his grandparents and as a young boy he listened closely as his grandfather passed on his traditional cultural knowledge. Art had already begun to influence Arone’s life and he vividly remembers these stories and the impact of living close to country as he played with colour and different mediums.

“I have a natural need to interpret what I feel and see… Aboriginal people have always had a vast, rich culture and I am part of this,” says Arone.

The first edition of Enora and the Black Crane was awarded the Ezra Jack Keats UNICEF International Children’s Book Award, one of the greatest honours in the children’s literature world. It was also shortlisted for the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Enora lives with his family in a tropical rainforest. The natural world is being created and Enora’s people are surrounded by delicious bush foods and amazing animals. When Enora discovers a shimmering rainbow of colour flying through the forest, his curiosity overwhelms him and he sets out to discover its meaning.

The original works of art from Enora and the Black Crane will also be exhibited on the Feature Wall at KickArts from Tuesday 17 February – Saturday 4 April. Using ochre and gouache on rag paper and paint made from clay mixed with berries, Arone brings to life the lush rainforest, tropical fruits and native birds in this Indigenous creation story. Enora and the Black Crane is more than a children’s book, it is also a book of exceptional artwork to be treasured.

The new edition of Enora and the Black Crane will be officially launched at KickArts on Wednesday 18 February at 1.30pm by Cairns Regional Council’s Mayor, Val Schier. Suzie Hazelhurst CEO of Magabala Books and Chair of Regional Arts Australia will also be attending the launch.

The book will be available for sale on the day in the KickArts Shop where Arone will be present to sign purchased copies.

RSVP 11 February to 4050 9404. All welcome. Free entry.

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Image: Enora and the Black Crane

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Port Douglas Carnivale

by Ken
(Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce)


A 10 day celebration of life in the tropics, its pleasures, weather, culture, art & cuisine.2009 Carnivale will be held from 22 to 31 May commencing with the spectacular street parade on Friday 22 May. For full details and schedule of events go to www.carnivale.com.au

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY- Children's Fine Art Classes

Children's Fine Art Classes

Children's Fine Art Classes

Wednesdays 22 July – 26 Aug. Next Term 7 Oct – 11 Nov
3:30 – 5pm weekly
8-12 year olds

This popular new children’s program is designed for the budding young artist wanting to learn more about how artworks are created. Hosted by popular local artist Hayley Gillespie, this series of classes focuses on drawing and painting skills.

These classes are very popular and will continue each term.

Cost: $90/ $80 FOGS per term.

Classes held at Cairns Regional Gallery, Cns Abbott & Shields Sts, Cairns

Bookings essential, limited spaces, personalised attention.
Tel 4046 4800 or email infoATcairnsregionalgallery.com.au for further information

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Cell art space -Roland Nancarrow

by Cell art space
(Ergon Energy Building, 109 Lake St Cairns 4870)

Bird Circles

Bird Circles

"Windblown Leaves, Bird Circles and Other Backyard Observations" exhibiting from 28th March - 25th April 2009
Viewable 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
Located at the Ergon Energy Building, 109 Lake St Cairns

This installation of sculpture, reliefs and painting comprises of artwork completed 2007 – 2009 and represents some diverse thoughts and observations over this period.

The ‘Windblown Leaves’ series of works were completed after the devastating effects of Cyclone Larry and represent our ability to overcome natural hardships.

The ‘Bird Circles’ are in response to the present man-made economic crisis, which some observers believe may be short lived, but could we be going in circles for some time?



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Monster Zoo

by Jan Aird - KickArts Contemporary Arts
(KickArts Cairns QLD Australia)

Monster Zoo
The Wunderkammer (also known as Kunstkammer) is a predecessor to the modern museum and held encyclopaedic collections of objects and animals, whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined as real or fake.

One such animal was the Wopertinger, later identified as a fictional animal, and is said to have inhabited the alpine forests in Bavaria. The Wopertinger is thought to have been inspired by sightings of wild rabbits infected with a virus that produced the growth of antler-like tumours in various places on the rabbit’s head and body.

In 1857 Gabriel Kaltermarckt advised Christian 1st of Saxony that three types of items were indispensible in forming a Wunderkammer, or art collection – firstly, sculptures and paintings, secondly, curious items from home or abroad and thirdly, antlers, horns, claws, feathers and other things belonging to strange and curious animals.

This is the inspiration behind Monster Zoo, a collection of contemporary jewellery and wearable curiosities created by Justine Austen who is the second recipient in the KickArts 2009 Hatch Program.

Justine’s creations are monsters that, like Wopletingers, need to be displayed and categorised to give validity to the creatures that lurk in people’s imaginations.

They are the monsters that inhabit the nooks and crannies of our every day life giving form and meaning to unexplained occurrences (like who or what turns the light off in the refrigerator) and making the fear of monsters something to be embraced, celebrated and worn with pride.

Working as a contemporary jeweller and miniature sculpture artist, Justine, who graduated from Gold and Silversmithing with Honours from Monash University, creates exhibition pieces, commissions and a number of limited production ranges sold through various galleries nationally.

Her work demonstrates a sense of history, a story, a hidden aspect that can be discovered and is often accompanied with humour. She tries to inspire a gentle smile, a reminiscence, a hidden meaning, a double entendre.

Justine is fascinated with the way people communicate using body adornment and the identity they can create for themselves through a piece of jewellery. She particularly enjoys the way each piece develops new meanings, other than those she has attached, through the wearer and the viewer of the piece once it has left her hands.

Balancing somewhere between fine art and pop, Justine’s creations seem quirky, playful, absurd and offbeat. The transformation of somewhat random objects and materials into new works dictates the technique, depending on the piece and the envisioned outcome. Her style is graphic, using a simple and strong visual iconographic language that she has developed, drawing on historical and modern references.

Monster Zoo opens at KickArts on Friday April 17 in Gallery 2. The doors open at 6.00pm and to avoid a clash with the opening of This is Cassowary Country at Cairns Regional Gallery, formalities for the evening will commence at 7.15pm.

The exhibition runs until Saturday June 6. Entry is free and everybody is welcome.

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Energy Exhibition

by Chrissy Dwyer
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building Window, Cairns)


Experience the artworks by some of Far North Queensland’s outstanding senior visual arts students.

Energy Exhibition is the region’s showcase of some of the best young emerging artistic talent. The exhibiting arts students have demonstrated in their work a high degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of art forms and media, and reflected the high standard of arts programs in this region’s secondary schools.

Energy Exhibition exhibited at the Tanks Art Centre in September is now showing a selection of works in Cell Art Space from 3rd - 31st of October, providing students with another opportunity to present their works to the Community in a professional exhibition context.

Energy Exhibition is part of the prestigious Creative Generations Awards for Excellence in Visual Art and Design program. Energy Exhibition and Creative Generations Awards program is supported annually by Ergon Energy and the Queensland Government.

FREE. Viewable 24/7. On until 31st Oct 2009.
www.cellartspace.com
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Elevating the Spirit Exhibition Show in Townsville

by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
(Innisfail, Queensland, Australia)

Trans X's No.1.  Mixed media on canvas.

Trans X's No.1. Mixed media on canvas.

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch's solo (touring)exhibition ‘Elevating the Spirit’ is showing at the Main Space, Umbrella Studio, Contemporary Arts, 482 Flinders St. Townsville, 24th April to 31st May 2009.

Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. & 9am-1pm Sun; ph/fax 07-47727109; http://www.Umbrella.org.au.

You are also able to visit http://www.kerrynmadsen-pietsch.com to view Kerryn’s exhibition work on-line.

For viewing pics of the opening night Kerryn has put up a new blogsite here at http://kerrynmadsen-pietsch.blogspot.com/

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Cell art space -From Fire to Form

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building)

Brent Cook, a Mission Beach Blacksmithing artist, is presenting a collection of his forged iron artworks collection from the charcoal fire over the years. Accompanying his exhibition will be photographs of other artworks.

The exhibition will be on show from Sunday 31st May 2009 until Saturday 27th June 2009. Available to view 24hours a day, 7 days a week in the Ergon Energy Building window shop front.

For further information contact infoatcellartspace.com or visit the website www.cellartspace.com

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CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY - LANDSCAPE PAINTING

LANDSCAPES IN THE LANDSCAPE WITH HELEN HUME
Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September (1.30 ? 4.30pm)

Exhibiting artist Helen Hume will teach students the basics of painting a landscape in the open air using acrylics. Enjoy the art of the outdoors; easels and all materials provided.

Cost: $60 or $70 FOG.

Limited numbers bookings essential. For further information telephone 4046 4800 or email infoATcairnsregionalgallery.com.au

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Cabaret at La Luna Youth Arts

by Nam Enever
(Townsville)

Some of the crew at La Luna Youth Arts

Some of the crew at La Luna Youth Arts

La Luna Youth Arts will burst out into song and dance when its opening production for 2009 takes the stage.

Held in the second week of the June/July holidays, the two-hour cabaret is a new genre for the creative arts organisation’s repertoire, cleverly combining ensemble members from performance and circus workshops, short film, live music and visual art components from local high school students with guest performers from Extensions Youth Dance Company.

The excited young participants commenced preparation in February and will work on their performance pieces across Terms 1 and 2.

“I’m looking forward to being creative in a variety of forms that I’m not familiar with” says Kate, a 19yr old performer, who has been with La Luna Youth Arts for over 10 years.

The cabaret will celebrate and showcase the artistic talents of Townsville's emerging performing and visual artists, promising to be an innovative and edgy performance that's not to be missed. Tickets can be purchased from the Riverway Arts Centre by calling 4773 8889.

Enrolments are still open to everyone to become involved in the creative arts workshops on offer at La Luna Youth Arts and interested people are encouraged to call 4773 6377 for more information.

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Mein Doppelganger

by TANKS ART CENTRE
(Cairns)


Artists are: Alex Maciver, Craig Middleton, Thomas Guichard, Lionel Perneau, Dominic Johns and Sam Tupou.
Launch: 6pm Friday 23 October
Exhibition: Saturday 23 October - 26 November

Artist/curator, Alexander Maciver has brought together works from international filmmakers and artists in a collaborative study of abnormalities in the perception and expression of reality.

Inspired by the works and readings of Carl Gustav Jung, these emerging artists explore the commonplace madnesses of the creative mind in a quest for insight into the dichotomous nature of mental health and illness.

Exhibition Times 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon - Saturday
Cost FREE
Venue T4
Info alexandermaciverAThotmail.co.uk

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Cell art space -We Pekin Dem - A Portrait of the African Child by Peter Lansana

by Cell art space
(109 Lake St Cairns, Ergon Energy Building)

We Pekin Dem - A Portrait of the African Child by Peter Lansana is an exhibition of charcoal drawings on paper. A collection of portraits of people who are close to the artist, the exhibition represents identity of self through depicting scenes which question his future; path and direction.

A striking use of black charcoal on the white paper, a very simple series communicating a powerful issue.

Ends Friday 24th July 2009. Viewable 24/7. Ergon Energy window, 109 Lake St Cairns.

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SHAPE OF THE DAY

by Emma Lodge
(Cairns)

Mick Hodgkins - Oil on Canvas

Mick Hodgkins - Oil on Canvas

Shape of the Day reflects the diversity of environmental life in beautiful Tropical North Queensland, in all of its seasons and moods: From rainforest to savannah, from pea-soup bushlands, urban landscapes to the sea, fair weather and foul.

Every picture paints a story – or in this exhibition, every story paints a picture.

During the 1970s, Mick Hodgkins was active in the Cairns art scene. Since then, he has concentrated on music he released four albums of original songs with his band Mangrove Jack, and toured both nationally and internationally. In 2010 Mick exhibited his paintings in Watershed a solo exhibition at Tanks Arts Centre.

OPENING NIGHT FRI 14 January 2011 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Please join us at Cell Art Space, 109 Lake St at 5.30pm sharp to officially launch Shape of the Day. From 6pm - 8.30pm meet the artist and enjoy food and drinks at Twelve Bar Café, Cnr Lake & Shields St.

Shape of the Day is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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