CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, which showcases work from artists throughout the Cape York, Torres Strait Islanders Peoples and some 13 art centres annually in July, just keeps getting bigger and better with progressive exposure and sales to the artists and performers.

Stunning satellite exhibitions in Cairns were not to be missed and a brilliant theatre performance 'My Name is Jimi' a vibrant, touching, humorous and deeply insightful account of Torres Strait Islander culture - is not to be missed if it comes your way.

 

 Extremely honoured to meet Gail Mabo, winner of the CIAF Innovation Award. Gail's work is in honour of her father, the great Eddie Koiki Mabo, advocate for our First Nation People's land rights. This winning piece is in fact a map of the star within the constellation of the Southern Cross designated to Mr Mabo.  Constructed from bamboo, which Gail remembers her father working with and shells collected in Tasmania, reuniting People from the north and south. Congratulations Gail Mabo.

Extremely honoured to meet Gail Mabo, winner of the CIAF Innovation Award. Gail's work is in honour of her father, the great Eddie Koiki Mabo, advocate for our First Nation People's land rights. This winning piece is in fact a map of the star within the constellation of the Southern Cross designated to Mr Mabo.  Constructed from bamboo, which Gail remembers her father working with and shells collected in Tasmania, reuniting People from the north and south. Congratulations Gail Mabo.

 Garry Namponan from Wik and Kugu Art Centre was awarded the Premier's Award for excellence. The Aurukun art centre in the north west of Cape York Peninsula has and continues to produce these beautiful dog and animal sculptures.

Garry Namponan from Wik and Kugu Art Centre was awarded the Premier's Award for excellence. The Aurukun art centre in the north west of Cape York Peninsula has and continues to produce these beautiful dog and animal sculptures.

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 Our absolute 'coup de coeur' (favorite) work was the 'ghost net' work from Erub Artrs, Torres Strait. Hauntingly beautiful work produced from recuperated ocean waste and shells paradoxically create a strong visual impression of wondrous reef life. 

Our absolute 'coup de coeur' (favorite) work was the 'ghost net' work from Erub Artrs, Torres Strait. Hauntingly beautiful work produced from recuperated ocean waste and shells paradoxically create a strong visual impression of wondrous reef life. 

 DistinctiveTorres Strait Islander headdress, woven, shaped feathers, carved shell, worn during traditional dance performances. 

DistinctiveTorres Strait Islander headdress, woven, shaped feathers, carved shell, worn during traditional dance performances. 

 Silk, hand held women's dance objects from Warraber Island, Queensland, commissioned by and going in to the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Silk, hand held women's dance objects from Warraber Island, Queensland, commissioned by and going in to the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.