The Friends of the Botanic Gardens Cairns will host a walk and talk through the gardens after dark from 6pm this evening, with well-known entomologist Dr David Rentz AM (below). Bring your camera and torch, and see what amazing creatures and insects are living and hiding in the undergrowth. Meet at the amenities area behind Friends House in the Botanic Gardens. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for visitors. Cost includes a light supper plus tea and coffee. Paj Khoom features the contemporary translation of Hmong textile traditions into mixed media works by artist Vanghoua Anthony Vue. Drawing from childhood infatuations with popular culture and memories of his father’s do-it-yourself projects and trips to buy-back shops in Cairns, Vue reinvents traditional and modern Hmong textiles using industrial materials and processes that depart radically from threads and fabrics. Vue views this adaptation as driving cultural innovation – assisting in keeping traditions alive for future generations. Robyn Glade-Wright’s artistic practice revolves around concerns for the environment and the manner in which works of art serve to illuminate aspects of lived experiences. Degradation of habitats, changes in land use, climate and the loss of species due to extinction are recurrent issues in GladeWright’s practice. She is recognised for working with found objects and natural materials, re-contextualising them into alluring, yet fundamentally disturbing or challenging installations. See story on Page 6 to learn more about her work.