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Thancoupie – A Legacy of Cultural Power

5th - 21st July 2019

Opening Night

Friday 12th July 2019


Tank 4, Tanks Art Centre,
46 Collins Avenue,
Edge Hill QLD 4870

As part of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s 10th Anniversary celebration in 2019 one of the satellite exhibitions will be a tribute exhibition to CIAF’s founding Patron, Thancoupie, Gloria Fletcher AO.

Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO (1937-2011) was an artist, linguist and teacher from Napranum in Far North Queensland. Thancoupie was the first Aboriginal woman to become a potter, to have a solo exhibition overseas, to own her own house in Cairns, to graduate from Art College, to receive two honorary doctorates and to be an Australian Cultural commissioner overseas.

Thancoupie enjoyed sharing her passion with everyone, especially running art camps for children in Weipa. Over four decades she taught hundreds of local kids about the stories, culture and language of Cape York. Thancoupie had many exhibitions and her ceramics were collected by major art galleries around Australia and internationally. Thancoupie continues to be a source of inspiration for many artists.

As part of the project we will reflect her love for children and teaching, by inviting kids from local primary schools in Weipa to contribute to the exhibition.

In honouring CIAF’s original Patron, this tribute exhibition will celebrate her contribution to the arts and highlight the profound legacy she left behind. The exhibition will be held 5 -21 July 2019, at Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, showcasing works from the various periods of her career. The exhibition is co-curated by Jenny Isaacs AM and Janina Harding.

Exhibition Opening | Friday 12 July 5:00pm - 6:00pm




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