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"Torres Strait Exhibition starts national tour"
1999-07-30 until 1999-07-30
Cairns Regional Gallery
The first major exhibition of artworks by the indigenous people of the
Torres Strait Islands is about to commence its national tour in Townsville.
The tour of the Cairns Regional Gallery exhibition Ilan Pasin (This is our
Way): Torres Strait Art will commence with an opening at 7.00pm on Friday 6
August 1999 at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery by Francis Tapim, Executive
Officer of the Magani Malu Kes and Chairman of the National Secretariat of
Torres Strait Islander Organisations.
The exhibition includes rare 19th century artefacts from Australian and
overseas collections alongside the work of contemporary artists from the
Torres Strait Islands.
This major exhibition highlights the unique culture and artwork of
Australia's other indigenous people for the first time, said Alice-Anne
Boylan, Gallery Director of Cairns Regional Gallery.
Visitors to this exhibition will discover the strength and vibrancy of the
artistic traditions of the Torres Strait Islander people that have a unique
relationship with Far North Queensland.
This is definitely one of the most important art exhibitions touring
Australia at the present time and shouldn't be missed by anyone with an
interest in Australian indigenous art.
Comprising over 100 works Ilan Pasin (This is our Way): Torres Strait Art
has been developed by Torres Strait Islander curator Tom Mosby and artist
Brian Robinson to explore issues of tradition, self and identity.
The exhibition was shown at Cairns Regional Gallery from November 1998 until
February 1999 and the tour will be seen at:
_ Perc Tucker Gallery Regional Gallery, Townsville (August - September 1999)
_ Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (November 1999)
_ Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (December 1999 - February
_ Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (April - June 2000)
_ Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney (September - October
_ National Archives of Australia, Canberra (October - December 2000)
Ilan Pasin (This is our Way): Torres Strait Art has been made possible by
Visions of Australia, the Federal Government's national touring exhibitions
program. The exhibition has also received support from Arts Queensland, ABC
Radio Queensland, IBIS, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Museums Australia Qld, The
Australia Council through the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland
Exhibitions Development Fund, Torres Strait Seafood, QANTAS and Sunstate
Interviews: Brian Robinson, Assistant Curator on 07 4031 6865