Wed­nes­day, 9

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WALK AND TALK Un­til No­vem­ber 19 Cairns Re­gional Gallery ROBYN GLADE-WRIGHT: RED TIDE Un­til No­vem­ber 27

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.

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