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Cultural News
November 2015
Maiem, Seu Ngapa, Welcome to Gab Titui's November E-News
Last month we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Torres Strait Treaty, recognising traditional relationships between Torres Strait Islanders and the coastal villagers of Papua New Guinea. Gab Titui would like to congratulate Naygayiw Gigi dance team, who travelled to Port Moresby to participate in celebrations alongside the TSRA's Cultural Development Officer.  We are also happy to announce that entries are now open in the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award! Now in its 9th year, the Award continues to present an exciting, contemporary exhibition of works created in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area of Australia. We are happy to welcome Bruce McLean as guest judge of next year's Award, which will open to the public on 16 July 2016. We're also excited to share the 2016 Art of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area calendar in time for Christmas, available now for preorder and in store from mid-November. We hope you enjoy reading about all this and more in this month's edition of our e-news!

Main image (above): Naygayiw Gigi dance team in Port Moresby. Courtesy Kenny Bedford.
 
 
2016 Indigenous Art Award
Entries are now open in the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award. The 2016 Award promises to be bigger and better than ever, opening on June 16 in Gab Titui's Wabunaw Geth Gallery. Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists living in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area are invited to submit entries in the Award, for the chance to share in a total prize pool worth over $16,000. Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Award continues to offer artists, both emerging and established, the opportunity to share works with visitors, which in the past have included some of Australia's leading arts institutions and dignitaries. All works entered will also be professionally photographed and published in the exhibition catalogue, which is distributed nationally. For more information refer to our website, the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award Information Booklet or call us on 07 40 690 888.
 
Entries in the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award close 25 March 2016.
Exhibition opens Thursday, 16 July 2016.
Photo: Tony Matasia, Alup (Bailer Shell) 2015. Photography by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
 
GTIAA Judge Announced
We are excited to welcome on board Bruce McLean, Curator of Indigenous Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, as guest judge of the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award. Bruce is a member of the Wierdi people of the Birri Gubba Nation of Central Queensland and has curated multiple exhibitions for QAGOMA including 'My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art From Black Australia', 'Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest', and 'Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands'. Bruce brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging process and we look forward to welcoming him in 2016.
 
For more information on the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au.  
Photo: M. Sherwood, Queensland Art Gallery.
 
2016 Calendar Preorder for Xmas
We are now taking preorders for the 2016 Art from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area calendar. At only $10 the calendar makes a great gift for friends and family and is the only of its type to showcase works by both emerging and established artists from throughout the region. The 2016 calendar includes new works by well-known artists Segar Passi, Solomon Booth and Jimmy Thaiday, presented in a beautiful 260 x 260 matte format. Preorders can be made by phone or email, postage is available nationwide for only $5. The 2016 calendar will be available in store for purchase in mid-November.     
 
For more information or to preorder, contact us on 07 40 690 888 or at info@gabtitui.com.au
Photo: 2016 Art of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area selected images (detail). 
 
Featured Artist - Rosie Ware
Rosie is a self-taught, award winning textile artist based on Thursday Island, creating and printing out of her home art studio and gallery, overlooking the Thursday Island harbour and nearby surrounding islands. Rosie prints on quality silks, satin, cotton and linen fabric. Rosie began hand printing as a hobby in 1986 and started participating in mainstream and Indigenous visual art exhibitions from 1996. Her designs feature cultural and marine motifs that are printed repetitively. Artistic impression comes from her culture, maritime history, tropical gardens and her beautiful marine environment surroundings. Rosie's works feature in collections nationwide, including at the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Rosie's work is also sold on Thursday Island through the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, in addition to Rosie's personal gallery on Hargrave Street. 
For more information on Rosie's products in store at Gab Titui, contact us today.

Visit Rosie online at www.rosiewaredesigns.com.  
Main image: Rosie's home studio. Photo: Isaac Egan, ABC Local. Inset: Red starfish lino print on yellow chiffon scarf. 
 
Congratulations Naygayiw Gigi
Australia and Papua New Guinea have celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Torres Strait Treaty, recognising traditional trading partnerships between Torres Strait Islanders and the coastal villagers of Papua New Guinea. From all the staff at Gab Titui, congratulations to Naygayiw Gigi dance team from Bamaga in the Northern Peninsula Area, who were a key feature in celebrations held in Port Moresby on 8 October. Naygayiw Gigi (meaning Northern Thunder) are committed to preserving and promoting the culture of the Bamaga and Seisia Saibailgal (the descendents of the seven clans of Saibai Island) through dance and did a fantastic job in Port Moresby, featuring prominently in the Papua New Guinean national media. The team was chosen to perform at the celebrations through the Torres Strait Regional Authority's Torres Strait Dance Strategy - supporting local dance teams to gain experience performing professionally throughout Australia and internationally.
 
Read the full story in the Torres Strait Regional Authority's official media release. For more information on the Torres Strait Dance Strategy contact TSRA Cultural Development Officer, Regina Turner on 07 40 690 884.
Photo: Naygayiw Gigi dance team. Courtesy Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea.
 
Stocktake Sale
2-20 November 
From 2-20 November receive 15-20% off storewide, including all artworks and art materials. This is a great opportunity to pick up a few early Christmas gifts or stock up on art materials for a 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award entry. Great products in store include original artworks, reference books, textiles, and CD/DVDs of Torres Strait content. Postage is available nationwide.
 
15% off storewide*. Gab Titui members receive an additional 5% - membership is FREE, join today.
*due to its already discounted price, the 2016 Art of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area calendar is excluded from the stocktake sale.
 
Evolution Catalogue on Sale Now
Get your copy of the Gab Titui Cultural Centre’s latest exhibition catalogue, Evolution: Torres Strait Masks – in store now for only $15.60. The catalogue is a visual documentation of Gab Titui's latest cultural maintenance exhibition, featuring historical images and works by seven artists from across the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area.
 
Buy your copy in store today for only $15.60, or order by phone or email. Postage available nationwide.
Image: Eddie Nona, Keris 2015. Photography: Michael Marzik.
 
Trading Hours
Our trading hours have changed for the summer, non-peak period. Visit us on the corner of Blackall Street and Victoria Parade, Thursday Island from 10am - 3pm, Monday to Saturday for all your artistic needs, or simply to enjoy the superb new artwork on display. 
 
Our new trading hours are 10am - 3pm Monday - Saturday.
Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
 
Welcome Sam!
We are happy to welcome on board Sam Bon as Gab Titui's newest Visitor Services Officer. Sam joined us in July this year and has become a vital part of our customer service team, welcoming visitors from far and wide and sharing the art and culture of the Torres Strait and NPA.
 
Call Sam at Gab Titui reception for any general questions you may have.
Save the Date...
 
2-20 November
Gab Titui Stocktake Sale 15-20% off!
25 March 2016
Entries Close - 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award
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16 July 2016
Opening Night - 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award
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