Yalanji artists spread wings

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

YALANJI artists are spread­ing their wings and show­cas­ing their art­work in var­i­ous exhibitions in Cairns and around the world.

The Ink­fest 2012 at the Tanks Art Cen­tre is open from now and artists Cameron Buchanan, Julie Wil­liams, Kay Creek and Sh­eryl Burchill all have prints on dis­play, along­side some of Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated print­mak­ers.

Artist Julie Wil­liams, who works for Cape York Part­ner­ships by day, has been paint­ing for over 10 years and has just sent off a piece of art to be ex­hib­ited in Italy.

“I have got a print that’s gone to Italy, I don’t know if it’s been sold but it’s been sent over to an ex­hi­bi­tion in Florence,” she said.

“I al­ways put my art through the Kuku Yalanji Dream­time Gallery, which now is the Vis­i­tors’ Cen­tre and through BBN (Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku) Arts they’ve been find­ing places for us to get in­volved in exhibitions.”

Wil­liams said she en­joyed hav­ing her art­work on dis­play to share with the world and at Ink­fest has a mod­ern con­tem­po­rary piece that rep­re­sents bas­ket weav­ing.

“It’s ex­cel­lent, I love it and it’s a great feel­ing to be able to do some­thing you love and have other peo­ple see it and recog­nise it,” she said.

“I en­joy art and I’m ex­press­ing my­self through art - hope­fully it brings a nice warm spark to other peo­ple that get my art.”

Ink­fest 2012, an ad­di­tion to the Cairns Fes­ti­val, is on dis­play at the Tanks Art Cen­tre from now un­til Au­gust 22.

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