ART­FUL DIS­TRAC­TIONS

Australian Traveller - - Getaways -

The sand­stone caves around Laura har­bour some of Aus­tralia’s most spec­tac­u­lar rock art, par­tic­u­larly known for its ‘Quinkan’ ren­der­ings. Fit­ting then, that the nascent Cape York Ac­quis­i­tive Art Awards, open to es­tab­lished and emerg­ing In­dige­nous artists, runs along­side the dance fes­ti­val, with win­ners an­nounced on the fi­nal day. Some of the com­pet­ing com­mu­ni­ties sell their art from stalls dur­ing the event too, like the pro­lific Porm­pu­raaw Art and Cul­tural Cen­tre. A few in­di­vid­ual emerg­ing artists, such as Cairns-based Steve Murgha, also sell prints and cu­riosi­ties at more than rea­son­able prices.

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