A selection of Low Isles artworks from the Port Douglas exhibition 'Low Isles, a Fragile Sanctuary' exhibition toured to Cairns Regional Gallery. The whole exhibition, held at the old Sugar Wharf building in Port Douglas was highly successful and attracted three hundred viewers on the opening night alone.
The opening of the Cairns Regional Gallery exhibition was on February 2, 2008. The exhibition ran for five weeks, viewers enjoying this local perspective of an endangered island and learning a little about this tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, an hour's sail from the small resort town of Port Douglas.
The history of the island, with its importance to indigenous Australians, the vital role of the lighthouse in marine safety and the full moon magic of the annual coral spawning were all stories that captured the audience's imagination.
The variety of artworks - from an installation to ceramics and paintings - all examined some aspect of the island from individual artists' perspectives.
The isolation, loneliness and deprivation of the lighthouse keepers and their families was a recurrent theme as was the variety of marine life in the coral lagoon.
Because artists stayed overnight on several occasions, snorkelled in the lagoon with turtle, fish and coral and spent many days exploring the island and researching its history they were well qualified to comment on its ecology and history.
They developed and bonded as a group over months of regular meetings and discussions about the content and style of the exhibition.
A number of artists from this inaugural exhibition then went on to develop and exhibit with the Go Troppo Arts Festival.
Here Christine writes about her Low Isles exhibition experience.
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