CIAF 2012 Dancers The CIAF 2012 program featured a full and exciting lineup of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance.This year's line-up featured the Lockhart River Kwandji-Wimpa Dancers, winners of the most recent Laura Dance Festival, and the Badu Island Traditional ZUGUBAL Dancers. The Gungandji Dancers from Yarrabah and the Mayi Wunba dancers from Kuranda also added the dynamic daily schedule.
The CIAF 2012Opening Party The CIAF Opening Party is the ultimate art party on the Queensland cultural calendar. On Thursday 16 August, under the tropical sky, partygoers were entertained by a unique line-up of performers including Wawu Maumele (Know Your Heart) performed by the Briscoe Sisters and King Kadu, and backed by the Torres Strait Islands Choir. The Lockhart River Kawandji-Wimpa Dancers and the Badu Island Traditional ZUGUBAL Dancers also delighted crowds in their premiere CIAF performance.
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 17-19 August 2012, offers an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Indigenous cultures. Held over three days annually in August, CIAF is an unparalleled celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, dance and music. Over the past three years CIAF has emerged as the nation's premier art fair. It has given more than 33,500 visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the state's rich diversity of Indigenous art in an ethically sound environment, with both commercial art galleries and Indigenous art centres selling artwork by Queensland born or based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Interview with Irene Namok Irene Namok was a hit at CIAF 2011, with all of her artworks completely selling out. Irene Namok is the mother of renowned Lockhart River artist Rosella Namok and is also an accomplished artist in her own right. Irene's paintings are inspired by her close connection with local country; they are often emotional responses to the beautiful views and look-outs around Lockhart and her favourite fishing spots. Irene especially enjoys fishing during Salmon Season.
Interview with Tony Albert Tony Albert is a Brisbane-based artist born in North Queensland. His family comes from Cardwell, situated in the rainforest area of the far north. In 2004 Albert completed a degree in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Albert is a member of the proppaNOW Aboriginal artists collective, a dedicated group of individuals whose urban expression questions the position that is ascribed to Aboriginal people and culture within Australia. Members are Vernon Ahkee, Tony Albert, Bianca Beetson, Richard Bell, Andrea Fisher, Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd and Laurie Neilson.
Interview with Douglas Watkin Douglas Watkin (BA. Grad Dip Ed) was born in Cairns, Far North Queensland. His filmmaking career began by working in television (SBS Network) doing small news reports and producing various government corporate videos. In 1998 Douglas produced his first short film CAPRiCORN which went on to win various awards at film festivals and fueled his passion for filmmaking and storytelling. With the progression of digital editing and mastering, his film was later re-released in 2000.
Interview with Maryanne & Racy Maryanne and Racy are ghost net weavers and ceramic artists from Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre) in the Torres Straits. The two women are environmentalists, passionate about protecting their island's surrounding reefs and marine life, as well as advocates for preserving Darnley Island culture and traditions, and paying respect to their ancestors.
Interview with Alick Tipoti Alick Tipoti is one of the Torres Strait Island's most renowned and widely respected artists. His works draw on the cultural traditions of his people, the Badu of the western Torres Strait, to compose the linoprints for which he is primarily known. Central to his creativity is his relationship to the Zugubal (ancestors) that directly inform his work, their words being translated into elaborate imagery. His work can be seen as preserving and documenting Torres Strait Islander culture for future generations.
Interview with Aurukun Artists The Wik & Kugu Arts and Crafts Centre is located in Aurukun, a small, remote indigenous community situated on the north west tip of the Cape York Peninsula. The gallery is an important cultural centre focused on the creation of authentic and high quality indigenous sculpture and fibre art. There has been an art centre at Aurukun for over fifty years and it provides artistic and commercial support for local artists.
The CIAF Opening Party The CIAF 2011 Opening Party was a hit with all party goers. Over 1,300 people attended the event and were entertained by Wilma Reading, the Mornington Island Dancers and the Aparka Dance Company. The Opening Party allows attendees the chance to view and buy art before the Art Fair opens to the public on Friday. It is a celebration like no other, with dance and music, fine wine and fusion cuisine.
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) offers an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Indigenous cultures. Held over three days annually in August, CIAF is an unparalleled celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, dance and music.
Mawa Adhaz Parul and Forces of Nature Alick Tipoti and Arone Meeks had a joint exhibition of their latest works which was held at Canopy Artspace. Alick from Badu Island in the Torres Strait premiered his Sorcerer Masks and a new series of intricate linoprints in his exhibition titled, Mawa Adhaz Parul (Sorcerer Masks). Arone's new exhibition, Forces of Nature, included monoprints and canvases that are based on the Brisbane floods and Cyclone Yasi which devastated the state of Queensland early 2011.
The Mornington Island Dancers Since 1973, the Mornington Island Dancers have enchanted audiences around the world with their unique performances. Dance and song is the cornerstone of Mornington Island culture, and it has a long and proud history. Directed and choreographed by Jacob Boehme, the Mornington Island Dancers' Opening Party performance was an exciting piece of new dance theatre.