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