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Cairns Airport unveil a stunning installation of ghost-net sculptures

17 Aug 2022

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In an extension of the partnership shared between the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and the Cairns Airport, Cairns Airport has unveiled a stunning installation of ghost-net artworks by Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre artists.

Greeting travellers to and from tropical Cairns, will be seven unique and large-scale ghost-net (retrieved, discarded fishing nets) sculptures by Pormpuraaw artists, including Sid Bruce Shortjoe (pictured). The installation is key to highlighting the vital role which Traditional Owners (and artists) play across Tropical North Queensland in addressing issues facing our endangered marine life and the Great Barrier Reef.  

According to Paul Jakubowski, the Manager of Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre, the work that was installed within the Cairns Airport’s domestic terminal this week is of great cultural significance:

“Pompuraaw are honoured to share their art and culture in this way. For Pormpuraaw, who are a salt water people, this art work is very special because it celebrates their living oceans".

CIAF wishes to thank the Cairns Airport (and all our sponsors) for their support of our organisation, the ethical promotion of Indigenous art from Queensland and economic opportunities for our artists across the state.