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CIAF remembers Thancoupie

29 April 2021

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) wishes to pay our respects to Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO, as April 23 marked the 10th anniversary of her passing.

Thancoupie is Australia’s pre-eminent ceramicist – having represented Australia at the highest level internationally throughout her long and distinguished career. A Queensland Great, she remains a beloved cultural icon to many. In 2009, Thancoupie agreed to become CIAF’s first co-patron, alongside former Governor of Queensland, The Hon. Dr. Penelope Wensley AC. As an organisation we still carry her spirit with us.

On behalf of the CIAF Board of Directors, staff and stakeholders, we honour Thancoupie’s memory and lasting legacy.

Image: The late, great Thancoupie at Bouchat, Western Cape, Cape York Peninsula. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Isaacs AM.



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