Yalanji artists spread wings
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.