Indigenous art event
PORT Douglas art dealer Tom Colrain reckons this year’s Cairns International Art Fair will be even bigger than the inaugural event last year.
“It’s definitely becoming a major fair,” he said.
“There are a lot of international buyers, buyers from the southern states.
“It’s a very positive thing for the industry, it helps promote indigenous art and artists in the region.”
Mr Colrain, who represents major artists from Lockhart River including Rosella Namok Samantha Hobson and Arone Meeks at his Warner St gallery, said he had sent about 20 pieces to the Tanks Arts Centre ahead of the opening event this evening.
George Nona, whose stunning headdresses are available from the Sun Dance Gallery on Macrossan St, will also be exhibiting at the CIAF.
Mr Colrain said the new rules brought in by the Federal Government were helping to clean up the industry.
“There’s more paperwork, but if that’s what it’s got to be, that’s what it’s got to be,” he said. “It will probably send the scammers out of business, but it will protect the artists and the legitimate businesses.
The Federal Government introduced new regulations earlier this year to ensure galleries were able to trace the provenance of all the artwork they held, and to provide a fair share of resale royalties to artists.
The CIAF kicks off with an opening party at 7pm today, featuring the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir and legendary didgeridoo player William Barton, and will then open to the public for three days from Friday.
Breakthrough performer Dan Sultan, whose second album Get Out While You Can continues to garner accolades, will headline the CIAF concert at the Tanks on Friday night.