Lo­cal artists share cul­ture with world

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

TWO Kuku Yalanji artists from Moss­man are par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s Cairns In­dige­nous Art Fair to cel­e­brate the Queens­land Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander cul­tures next week.

Nau­rita Briscoe and Karen Gib­son will be show­cas­ing their art­work at the fair be­tween Au­gust 19 and 21.

The Cairns In­dige­nous Art Fair (CIAF) is an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned bou­tique art mar­ket which ex­hibits art, work­shops, mar­kets, mu­sic, dance and na­tional sym­po­sium by in­dige­nous Queens­land artists.

This year the CIAF will fea­ture eight com­mer­cial gal­leries and 13 in­dige­nous art cen­tres ex­hibit­ing and sell­ing the work of more than 250 Queens­land born and based Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­landers.

Through­out the fair, artists will be on hand to dis­cuss their works and pro­vide unique in­sights into in­dige­nous art and cul­ture.

Ms Briscoe will be dis­play­ing her screen­print ti­tled Time to Think.

“My lat­est screen print is a pic­ture of a man hold­ing a fish­ing line on a mud­flat at Cooya Beach,” Ms Briscoe said.

“He is hold­ing the fish­ing line and a lady is pick­ing up the fish he has caught.

“I named it Time to Think be­cause it re­minds me of walk­ing along the mud­flat, see­ing peo­ple in the dis­tance and feel­ing that sense of peace.”

Over the past two years, CIAF has sold more than $1.2 mil­lion in art and in­jected more than $2.45 mil­lion in tourism ex­pen­di­ture into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Last year a to­tal of 20,500 peo­ple at­tended the event to im­merse them­selves in the state’s rich in­dige­nous cul­ture.

CIAF will run from Au­gust 19 to Au­gust 21; for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ciaf. com.au

Shar­ing cul­ture: Moss­man artist Karen Gib­son

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