Lo­cal artists to show­case work at in­ter­na­tional fair

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

STEPHEN Pich­ler may be a qual­i­fied lum­ber­jack but he also has a love of work­ing with fine tim­ber, his cul­ture re­flected in a del­i­cate carv­ing of a jun­gle perch or an en­graved battle sword.

Mr Pich­ler, 25, is one of sev­eral artists from the Kuku Yalanji Arts Cen­tre at Moss­man Gorge who will dis­play and sell works at the up­com­ing Cairns In­ter­na­tional Art Fair (CIAF).

With a new fo­cus on high­end prod­ucts, the cen­tre will ex­hibit beau­ti­ful bronze fig­urines of dugong and bar­ra­mundi in per­son­alised gift boxes as well as bags and cloth­ing with de­signs in­spired by na­ture.

“It has been about the tourism prod­uct in the past but now there is more of a fine arts fo­cus,” arts cen­tre man­ager Jeannie Hey­natz said.

“We’re aim­ing to build an un­der­stand­ing of what fine art and craft are and give the tourism prod­ucts a more classy style, de­sign and in­di­vid­u­al­ity.”

This is the third year that Port Dou­glas’ Sun­dance Gallery has ex­hib­ited at CIAF and di­rec­tor Kane Brown said it was an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate peo­ple about in­dige­nous art and pro­mote lo­cal artists.

“CIAF was set up to com­bat the ex­plo­sion of desert art from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and Arn­hem Land, to give Queens­lan­ders a right­ful place in the Aus­tralian in­dige­nous art in­dus­try,” he said.

Al­though Mr Brown is mov- ing on to other arts projects, he will dis­play paint­ings, hard carved lino prints and a strik­ing range of Tor­res Strait Is­land tra­di­tional head­dresses be­fore the gallery closes down.

Since the first fair in 2009, CIAF has at­tracted more than 20,500 vis­i­tors, sold more than $1.23 mil­lion in art­work and in­jected $2.45 mil­lion in tourism ex­pen­di­ture into the re­gion’s econ­omy.

CIAF artis­tic di­rec­tor Avril Quaill said the event will host a rich pro­gram of dance, mu­sic, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and artist talks, as well as an open­ing party, ex­hi­bi­tion and sym­po­sium.

The fair takes place at the Cairns Cruise Liner Ter­mi­nal from Au­gust 19-21.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Sup­porter:

Mered­ith Walsh at the Sun­dance Gallery

Photo by HEATHER BECK

In­tri­cate: Stephen Pich­ler shows one of his carv­ings that will be ex­hib­ited for sale at CIAF

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