Local artists share culture with world
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