Arts cen­tre cre­ations on dis­play

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - MOSS­MAN Scott Tibballs

THE cre­ative minds of the Yalanji Arts Cen­tre are soon to have their art work on dis­play at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage re­sort.

Colour­ful prints, ex­pertly cre­ated wood­work and del­i­cate ce­ram­ics adorned with art in­spired by the Far North will be­come part of the decor of 10 VIP rooms at the lux­ury re­sort in a coup for lo­cal tal­ent at the Moss­man Gorge.

The rooms will be adorned with a com­plete themed set of art­work, bring­ing a splash of colour and cul­ture to each room in the form of bedrun­ners, cush­ions, ce­ram­ics and glass art.

Vanessa Can­non, who had a part in the de­sign and cre­ation of some of the pieces, said she had a nat­u­ral tal­ent for art that she had been work­ing on re­fin­ing for many years.

“The cush­ion cov­ers I’ve been do­ing for five years, the ce­ram­ics the same. And the glass is this year, that’s a new prod­uct we’re mak­ing,” she said. Ms Can­non said that her art was in­spired by “the rain­for­est and the en­vi­ron­ment and fam­ily.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku Emma Burchill said that the con­cept of dis­play­ing lo­cal in­dige­nous art at the Port Dou­glas re­sort came about dur­ing its re­fur­bish­ment.

“We want peo­ple when they come to Port Dou­glas to un­der­stand that this is Yalanji coun­try they’re on and this is the kind of art­work that we’re do­ing and how that art­work con­nects us back to cul­ture and land,” Ms Burchill said.

“It’s our way of say­ing we’re here.”

She said it was a great way to teach vis­i­tors to the re­gion about the tra­di­tional own­ers and their cul­ture and also helped sup­port the Moss­man Gorge Com­mu­nity.

The art­work on dis­play will be avail­able to buy at the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre and the artists at the Yalanji Arts Cen­tre will have their work dis­played at CIAF and the Laura Fes­ti­val later this year.

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Deputy Mayor Abi­gail Noli, Mo Cook, Se­bas­tian Temesi, David Rus­sell, Nikita Mc­Don­ald, Nanami Anderson, Tori Baird, Mayor Ju­lia Leu and Andy Sch­midt.

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