Yalanji artists talk fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

YALANJI Artists met with key rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre on Tues­day to find out more about their in­volve­ment in the gallery.

Kuku Yalanji artists came to­gether to learn how the art cen­tre and gallery will sup­port artist de­vel­op­ment.

Gallery man­ager Caitlin Donigi and co­or­di­na­tor John James were keen to meet with the lo­cal artists and pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion.

“This ini­tial meet­ing is to es­tab­lish com­mu­ni­ca­tion with artists in the com­mu­nity, talk about who we are and what we’re do­ing and how artists can get their art in the gal­leries and on dis­play - it’s about shap­ing the fu­ture,” Ms Donigi said.

Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku In­cor­po­rated fi­nance ad­min­is­tra­tor Tara Killeen said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for indige­nous artists to get in­volved.

“It’s open to the Moss­man com­mu­nity out­side of the Gorge, Yalanji Arts is a depart­ment of Ba­m­aga Bu­mungu and we will be pro­vid­ing prod­uct to the gallery,” she said.

Art cen­tre man­ager Jean­nie Hey­natz works with Yalanji artists to de­velop their art and said there was a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“It gave the artists an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions so they would un­der­stand how they’re go­ing to work with the Gate­way, which is a com­mer­cial busi­ness and we’ll be sup­ply­ing the art,” she said.

The cen­tre is due to open next month.

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