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Yarrabah focus at Art Fair

Roy Gray, Andrew Garrett Jr, Edna Ambrym, Michelle Yeatman, Valmai Pollard, Philomena Yeatman. Images supplied

by Pip Miller 14 June 2014


s part of a strategy to transform its arts and cultural centre and Menmuny Museum into a vibrant and productive precinct for the local community, Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct have invested in a larger presence at this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) that kicks off next month 24 - 27

July 2014. Since CIAF 2012, Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Centre has been exploring new mediums like printing, etching, textiles and ceramics with a number of artists and mentors. The result of their new focus is a collection of exciting new works ready for CIAF 2014. Over the last two years the Yarrabah artists have also received artistic recognition through exhibitions and awards

in Cairns and interstate with success as finalists in the 2013 Telstra NATSIAA Awards for two of the artists, all six artists finalists in the 2013 Silk Cut awards, Edna Ambrym a finalist in the 2014 Shepparton Art Museum Ceramic Art Award and Michelle Yeatman a finalist in the 2014 OneSight Rayban Indigenous Design award. Arts Precinct Manager, Vanessa Gillen said CIAF 2014 will play an important role in helping

to consolidate Yarrabah artists when it comes to achieving national artistic recognition as well as creating other outcomes that include increasing employment opportunities, nurturing skills and promoting visitation and tourism for Yarrabah community as a whole. “We have a wonderful collective of emerging and award-winning, experienced artists such as Philomena Yeatman, Michelle Yeatman, Edna

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Ambrym and Valmai Pollard. CIAF is an opportunity on home soil to showcase our talent to both locals and visitors alike,” she said. In terms of CIAF involvement, Yarrabah Arts Centre will be featured in exhibitions ‘Freshwater Saltwater – Existence’ at UMI Arts and CIAF’s own exhibition of Queensland Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, ‘SOLID!’ that is being produced in partnership and on exhibition at the Cairns Regional Art Gallery. This latter exhibition opens at the end of this month on 27 June with the official launch on Thursday 24 July during CIAF. Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct will also have their own stand at the Art Fair showcasing and marketing their new textiles, ceramics and etchings along with paintings, bags and other products. About Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct The Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct is a dynamic space for local artists to undertake many local art forms and cultural activities including ceramics, painting, weaving, printing and arts and craft. Well known for its pottery, the 3 Yarrabah Arts Centre continues to produce outstanding ceramics and is exploring new mediums including textiles, printing, woodwork and sculpture. About CIAF 2014

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The fifth annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is set to deliver another landmark event celebrating Queensland’s rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture when it is held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 24-27 July 2014. Michelle and Philomena Yeatman with some of the ceramics.

Senior Lecturer

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Reference: 499095 Element: Queensland College of Art Work type: Continuing The Queensland College of Art is located at Griffith University’s Brisbane city South Bank Campus and the Gold Coast Campus. The Queensland College of Art is part of one of the largest creative and performing arts training and research precincts in Australia which is also home to the Griffith Film School and Queensland Conservatorium. In this environment there is increasing interdisciplinary collaboration between the performing and visual arts. The Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program is designed to prepare students, as indigenous Australians, for practice as professional artists. The program is focused on traditional Australian art media, styles and forms, together with strategies for their viable adaption within a highly urbanized society. The program is planned in accordance with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principles and philosophies. This is a continuing, full time position based at the South Bank campus. This is an identified position and the occupant must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent under section 25 of the Anti Discrimination Act 1991. The role: This Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art is one of the Queensland College of Art’s suite of professional art and design programs all based around studio teaching. This position compliments a range of other academic positions based around the scholarship of art and design practice. The person: The successful applicant in this identified position will have a background in indigenous art production and associated theory within a scholarly context. They will have a higher degree in a related field with experience in teaching and research in relevant areas, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art along with demonstrated industry experience.

Salary range: Senior Lecturer, Level C: $103,179 - $118,974 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $120,720 - $139,200 per annum. Further information: Obtain the position description and application requirements by clicking the following link For position queries, contact Professor Paul Cleveland, Director, Queensland College of Art on +61 (0) 7 3735 3100. For application queries, contact Ms Renee Patta, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 4299. Closing date: Wednesday 2 July 2014, 4.30pm AEST.

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by Pip Miller 14 June 2014 As part of a strategy to transform its arts and cultural centre and Menmuny Museum into a vibrant and productiv...

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