There were a variety of optional tours and activities available on Tuesday 17 September before the Conference sessions began on Wednesday.
Cultural Bus Tour
This bus tour first stopped at Mulgrave Settlers Museum in Gordonvale, where participants were treated to afternoon tea and a tour of the museum by the volunteers.
Back on the bus and on to Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct including the Menmuny Museum. Attendees received an overview of the precinct, were able to explore the displays, and go on a board walk.
Artist: Weaver, Anne Jillett, Ellis Road Fibre Art, www.ellisroadfibreart.com
Location: KickArts Contemporary Arts
About the Workshop:
In this workshop Anne shared the technique of Cobbling, a weaving method used to bind and structure natural materials to hold shape and form. This technique can be applied to numerous natural fibres, each highlighting their own characteristics while reflecting the hands that created them.
Materials supplied: Sewing needles, selection of thread, natural coconut fibre, raffia, grass and a selection of found objects to be used as features or adornments if desired.
About the Artist:
From her Bellenden Kerr studio Ellis Road Fibre Art, Anne Jillett creates stunning woven forms from natural materials, thigh-spun yarn and recycled fabrics. These coiled baskets, unique vessels and suspended forms are inspired by and built upon driftwood, found by the artist while beach combing south of Cairns.
“I live and work in Far North Queensland, Australia. My studio is situated deep in the rainforest overlooking the canopy to the spectacular Wooroonooran National Park.
I have always had a great passion for all things textile and have sewn, embroidered, and knitted from a very early age. I like to use natural, man-made and recycled materials to create three dimensional sculptural vessels that explore form using positive and negative space. I am particularly drawn to the ocean as a source of inspiration for my more recent pieces. A fascination with the action of tides and currents, and their sculptural effects on sand and rocks, lie at the heart of my work. The high tide line holds many treasures that are included in the design process. I am passionate about environmental concerns that effect the oceans of our world. While I am not an activist, I hope that my work prompts consideration of this vast natural resource”.
Public Art Walking Tour
An Introduction to Cairns Arts & Culture Map and a taste of the vibrant collection of public art in the Cairns CBD.
Presented by Cairns Regional Council Cultural Services Team.
Cairns and District Chinese Association Tour
This tour gave a brief history of the collection, significant objects and preservation projects undertaken to date and took attendees into the storage area to get a sneak peek at this signficant collection.
Cairns and District Chinese Association (CADCAI) is the premiere Chinese culture and heritage organisation in North Queensland. CADCAI’s principal activity is the custodianship and preservation of the nationally and internationally significant Lit Sung Goong (temple) collection and other heritage collections and stories from the early days of Cairns Chinatown and district to the present. CADCAI also organises the annual Cairns Chinese New Year festival and conducts regular community programs and exhibitions centred around the practice and performance of Chinese dance, ceremonial lion and dragon dancing, percussion, calligraphy and language. CADCAI’s mission is to inspire present and future generations to celebrate, value and protect north Queensland’s distinctive Chinese history, objects, performance and stories.
The Lit Sung Goong Collection is a relatively intact collection of over 240 artefacts from the Lit Sung Goong (temple) which served the Chinese community of Cairns between 1887 and 1966. The collection comprises a range of artefacts, primarily metal, wood and glass, produced in southern China and brought to Cairns in the late nineteenth century. Objects include temple furnishings (deity statues, carved decorative elements, and metal altar decor), printing materials, processional items, and timber furniture. Since 2002 CADCAI has actively cared for the collection and managed its preservation needs into the future.
Cost: Included in Conference Registration
Location: Cairns Museum, Cnr Abbott and Shields Sts, Cairns
This event was an opportunity to meet other Conference attendees with drinks and nibbles provided.