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10 - 12 July 2020


BLACK BAMBOO: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design From Mer

14th June - 25th August 2019

Opening Night

Wednesday 10th July 2019


Cairns Art Gallery,
Cairns QLD 4870

In June the Cairns Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria and Gab Titui Cultural Centre present Black Bamboo: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design From Mer. Mer, also known as Murray Island, is one of the most eastern islands in the Torres Strait and is home to a native species of bamboo, known in Meriam language as marep, and colloquially in English as black bamboo.

Premiering at the Cairns Art Gallery during the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, the collection as a whole is inspired by Meriam culture, representing the future of sustainable design; by combining old ways of being in and of place, with contemporary design aesthetics. Six singular pieces of consequence including cabinets and seating tell a unique story about Meriam life in the Torres Strait by reimagining cultural objects as unique contemporary design.

Speaking about the project, Cairns Art Gallery Director Andrea May Churcher says that the culminating exhibition which will be held at the Gallery from 14 June to 25 August this year to coincide with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will be an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of the best and most exciting advancements in contemporary furniture design being developed in Australia today.

Black Bamboo: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design from Mer is a shared initiative between the National Gallery of Victoria, Cairns Regional Art Gallery and Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Supported by The Mer Gedkem Le (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC, and Sea Swift.

Opening Event

Wednesday 10 July 6.00pm

Liz Ann Macgregor OBE

Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney




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