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Cairns display suggests coastal art centres are flourishing

An exhibition just ended this week in Cairns gave a glimpse of where North Queensland's indigenous art movement is heading. Pathways3 at the UMI Arts Gallery showcased works from the Cairns region, but also hung the latest consignments from two community art centres - New Mapoon where Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples mix and Yarrabah, an east coast community near Cairns.

Here, Pathways3 curator Teho Ropeyarn takes Telinga Media on a virtual tour of selected works. 

 

Remote Cape York painters take the journey to global market

freshwater-meeks-captionThe crowds who thronged the shipping terminal at last month's Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) were treated to much of what the 15 community art centres across Far North Queensland had to offer.

But the high point of the arts calendar is only three days in the year. Before their exposure in August, artists a long way from Cairns were refining their skills in workshops run by a Cairns-based arts organisation - UMI Arts. Like the ones led by contemporary Aboriginal artist Arone Meeks at the New Mapoon and Yarrabah art centres earlier this year.

His time spent working with artists at New Mapoon at the tip of Cape York helped eight of them from the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) put on their own exhibition in Cairns. A number of them continued to have their works displayed during the CIAF.

But how did these artists make it from remote art centre to international art fair in the same year?

Arone Meeks spoke to Telinga Media about his visit to New Mapoon and his role as a teacher to the next wave of CIAF exhibiting artists.

 

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'Big Wet' flushes out colour on rising tide of local talent

 

Emerging from Cairns's built-up cultural traffic zone is a new wave of visual artists. Sliding between painting and printmaking, they are part of the reason why North Queensland is evolving its own specialised indigenous art market, with the city at its centre.
 
Telinga Media reports on an exhibition by Cairns-based artists and profiles two up-and-coming artists that contributed to it.
 

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Emerging from Cairns's built-up cultural traffic zone is a new wave of visual artists. Sliding between painting and printmaking, they are part of the reason why North Queensland is evolving its own specialised indigenous art market, with the city as its centre. 

Telinga Media profiles two Cairns-based artists...

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And reports on an exhibition to which they contributed...

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Mountain myth carved from bold hand of Cape York printmaker

The Torres Strait is renowned for producing master wood carvers who often slide easily into linocut printmaking. But linocutters are not confined to the islands. One Cape York mainlander has developed his own style marked by bold lines, less intricate than the Torres Strait masters who influence him and with whom he shares a heritage.
 
Teho Ropeyarn, who is based in Cairns, has a rich heritage indeed and explains to Telinga Media why this makes him comfortable with being called a cross-over artist.

 

The Torres Strait is renowned for producing master wood carvers who often slide easily into linocut printmaking. But linocutters are not confined to the islands. One Cape York mainlander has developed his own style marked by bold lines, less intricate than the Torres Strait masters who influence him and with whom he shares a heritage.

Teho Ropeyarn, who is based in Cairns, has a rich heritage indeed and explains to Telinga Media why this makes him comfortable with being called a cross-over artist.

 

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