Katina and I were fortunate enough to be a part of the distinguished Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s Curators and Collectors program last week.
The program was lead by the very deadly Hetti Perkins and Tony Albert. Curators from major institutions and respected collectors from across Australia were invited to a unique program which included an exclusive look at CIAF and complimentary visual and performing arts events throughout the fair. The program provides additional opportunities for the group to meet artists, curators and connect with others within the arts and cultural industries.
CIAF is a platform for Queensland Indigenous artists to tell their stories through visual art, performance, theatre, fashion, screen, workshops and more. It was a fantastic way of seeing how others present these various modes of storytelling and ways we could adopt or adapt them to the kuril dhagun exhibitions and public programs. CIAF was also chaired by former kuril dhagun Executive Manager Tom Mosby and it was great to catch up with him and see his influence and continued engagement in Queensland’s art scene.
A highlight of the fair was seeing our recent Night by the Fire presenters Grace Lillian Lee’s Fashion Performance Jana Jaral (curator) and Elisa Jane Carmichael’s fashion on the runway. This fashion performance has become a renowned element of the fair and something everyone looks forward to each year. Grace also had an amazing exhibition Body Sculpture at Cairns Regional Gallery. This was one of many amazing art exhibitions across the city of Cairns, this paired with the lovely North Queensland tropical weather made my heart proud and my hair full of curls. I look forward to maintaining some of the lovely connections made and hopefully collaborate with some of the artists, art centers, curators and collectors in the near future.