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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Planner - CON­TEXT IS EV­ERY­THING: CAROLYN CRAIG AND HEIDI STEVENS Un­til Oc­to­ber 15 Cairns Re­gional Gallery COUN­TRY & WESTERN: LAND­SCAPE RE-IMAG­INED Un­til Novem­ber 13

Kick­ing off from Fri­day and in full swing un­til Oc­to­ber 9 is Trop­i­cal Mardi Gras Cairns. Float away on a boat made for you and your LGBT+ friends. Watch the sun set over the moun­tains and en­joy party an­thems and good time clas­sics on this moon­light cruise of the Great Bar­rier Reef to launch Trop­i­cal Mardi Gras 2016! For a full list of fes­ti­val events and other in­for­ma­tion visit trop­i­cal­mardi­gras.org Con­tem­po­rary artists Craig and Stevens chal­lenge the viewer to ex­am­ine gen­dered roles in so­ci­ety. Craig’s ex­am­i­na­tion of ev­ery­day ges­tu­ral move­ments through print me­dia seeks to con­front the en­gen­dered power sys­tems these move­ments in­her­ently com­pose. Stevens’ photo me­dia prac­tice acts as a di­arised record of the artist’s bat­tle with the so­cial fab­ric that binds us all. The per­for­ma­tive na­ture of both artists’ work ex­plores in dif­fer­ent ways how con­text – im­posed or im­plied – in­forms an in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive re­sponse to the fe­male body. This ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases works by 39 indige­nous and non-indige­nous artists, and reaf­firms the im­pact our land­scape has on the na­tional psy­che. Works ex­plore dis­pos­ses­sion, iden­tity, col­lab­o­ra­tion, min­ing and land degra­da­tion, along with the el­e­men­tal im­pact of fire and rain and the coun­try’s nat­u­ral splen­dour – viewed from dif­fer­ing cul­tural per­spec­tives. This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether works by some of Aus­tralia’s most sig­nif­i­cant land­scape artists, in­clud­ing Tim John­son, John Olsen, Imants Tillers, Rover Thomas, Paddy Bed­ford, An­gelina Ge­orge (work pic­tured) and may more.

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