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Cultural News
August 2015
Maiem, Seu Ngapa to Gab Titui's August E-News
It's hard to believe we're moving into the second half of the calendar year; there has been so much to celebrate already, including our own 11th anniversary, the 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, the launch of The Custodian's album in July, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, as well as many workshops in Torres Strait outer island communities. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of our recent and upcoming activities. We're excited about what the next half of the year holds and look forward to sharing it with you!  
 
 
Congratulations Tony!
Congratulations Tony Harry, winner of the People's Choice Award in the 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award.

Tony's work, Waru Pingerr Ya Alali (Turtle Caught in a Net), depicts the danger that discarded fishing nets, or ghost nets, pose to the marine environment. It was selected by the public for the People's Choice Award for its striking use of 3D elements on canvas, texture, and message of warning. As winner of the People's Choice Award, Tony will receive $1,500 in prize money. 
Image: Tony Harry, Waru Pingerr Ya Alali (Turtle Caught in a Net) detail 2015. Photo George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
 
Congratulations NATSIAA Finalists
Congratulations Florence Gutchen of Erub Arts and Laurie Nona of Badu Island Art, whose works are featured in the 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, which opened at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory on 7 August. Florence and Laurie were among just 65 artists nationwide to be selected as finalists in the Award - a superb achievement! 
 
The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award is on display from 7 August until 1 November 2015.
Photo: Diana Abiad
 
School Holiday Workshops
Bring the kids down to Gab Titui 22-23 September to join in touring workshops from the Queensland Art Galllery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). The workshops are based on QAGOMA's recent children's exhibition, Pattern Bandits, which delves into the vivid and eclectic imagination of Queensland artist Jemima Wyman. Workshops are open to children of all ages, however bookings are essential.  
 
Contact Gab Titui Gallery Officer, Aven Noah for more information or to book. 
Kids On Tour is a Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art regional program.
 
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Thousands of visitors flocked to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair earlier this month in a celebration of Queensland's Indigenous cultures. Thank you to everyone who came along and visited Gab Titui's booth at the weekend art market. We were excited to share the work of our local artists and craftspeople, and look forward to seeing you all again next year! 
 
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair was on 30 July - 2 August at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. To find out more visit www.ciaf.com.au.  
 
Skills Development Workshops
Workshops in painting, printing and 3D design have continued in communities, delivered by former TAFE art teacher Di Abiad as part of the TSRA Culture, Art and Heritage Arts Development initiative. Recent workshops on Saibai, Mer and Iama were the latest in the series of workshops being delivered in all outer island communities of the Torres Strait. Workshops are free and open to all community members.
 
For more information, contact Torres Strait Arts Development Officer, Diat Alferink
Photo: Diana Abiad
 
On Sale Now - $20.00!
The exhibition may be coming to a close but it's not too late to get your copy of the 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award catalogue. The catalogue showcases all 50 artworks featured in the exhibition through the stunning photography of National Museum of Australia Senior photographer, George Serras. Available to purchase for just $20. 
 
Phone and email orders are welcome and postage availble nationwide. Contact our Gallery Shop on 07 4069 0888.
Cover artwork: Ilan Pamle, Nancy Kiwat (Erub Arts)
 
Music & Dance From the Murray Islands
The latest CD/DVD package of Torres Strait Islander music and dance is available to buy through the Gab Titui Gallery Shop for only $25. Keriba Ged features traditional and contemporary music and dance recorded by community members on Mer Island in the Torres Strait, including Joey Tapau, Dayne Noah and the Mer Community Singers.
 
Keriba Ged has been produced through the Torres Strait Regional Authority Music & Dance Audit, supporting the maintenance and promotion of Torres Strait Islander artistic and cultural practices.  
 
Featured Artist - Rosaline Tomsana
I was born in 1961 on Thursday Island. I grew up most of my life on Mua (Moa) Island, in the near western cluster of islands in the Torres Strait. My mum, Edna Nawarie, is from the Italgal clan, Mua Island. My dad, Misron Wasaga, is from the Kaurareg tribe. I learned to crotchet as a young girl and practise the pattern passed down through the women in my family. My love for beadwork and inspiration comes from Papa God, and through my designs I reflect on my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.


Rosaline's work is available to purchase through the Gab Titui Gallery Shop.
Main image: Rosaline Tomsana. Photo: Tari Sagigi.  Inset: Pahgarr (Brown Seaweed), Rosaline Tomsana 2015. Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
Save the Date...
 
22-23 September
Jemima Wyman: Pattern Bandits on Tour
Children's School Holiday Workshops
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