North by East West at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
- When 12 Jul - 19 Aug 2018
40 ABBOTT STREET CAIRNS CITY QLD 4870 AUSTRALIA
MON — FRI 9AM — 5PM, SAT 10AM — 5PM, SUN 10AM — 2PM
(07) 4046 4800
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is on now, and though the show finishes this Sunday 15 July through Sunday 19 August you can view an exhibition co-curated by UNSW Art & Design alumnus Teho Ropeyarn.
North by East West: Re–igniting a cultural connection through pearl shell is a group show centred around the pearl shell, the pearling industry, and traditional pearl carving practices. The show is on at Cairns Art Gallery and includes works by two Bard artists, brothers Darrell and Garry Sibosado, and two Torres Strait Islander artists, Sam Savage and Joel Sam.
The group show draws connections between the Kimberley Coast and the Torres Strait, both areas with a history of using shell carving for adornment objects in ceremony, often with symbolic meaning or embedded stories, and regions in which shell carving and design are still practiced by contemporary artists.
Darrell and Garry have participated in three Aboriginal Print Workshops with Cicada Press at UNSW Art & Design, and were both also curated by Tess Allas into the exhibition, Shimmer Shellwork staged in 2015/16 at Wollongong Art Gallery. In an interview with the Broome Advertiser, Garry said he and Darrell have family members who work in the pearling industry, so the practice has always been a part of their life, and they’re excited to share this with audiences.
Teho Ropeyarn holds a BFA from UNSW Art & Design and is Assistant Curator at Cairns Art Gallery.