In­dige­nous art event

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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