Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. On at The Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns from March 2-4, the films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. More at www.oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au h e Home Grown Images examines the impact of the Far North on Ian Smith’s artistic career, through a survey of works from the 1980s to today. Imagery of family sits comfortably among landscapes of the region – from the Reef to the rainforest and the highways that intersect. Through this Smith constructs a narrative that explores the dynamic evolution of the region that he still calls home. This exhibit features the works of Ken Thaiday Snr, Obery Sambo, Allson Edrick Tabaui, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti. The practice of mask and headdress making is a long and enduring artform throughout the Torres Strait Islands. Before the Coming of the Light in 1871, when Christianity was introduced to the Islands, the production of ceremonial objects for use in elaborate ritual was common. Masks are still created today and used as a visual intermediary, connecting the living and spirit realms during ceremony.