Funding to showcase FNQ art in Singapore
Coalition Government is pleased to announce support for a unique Far Northern art
exhibition which will be the centrepiece of a program of international arts activities
aimed at strengthening cultural ties between Australia and Singapore.
today, Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield said that the
exhibition, Au Karem ira Lamar Lu, from Erub Arts Centre, will
receive $200,000 to help showcase
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander masterworks at the Asian Civilisations
Museum in Singapore from June to August 2017.
support for Erub Arts is part of $400,000 funding for international arts
activities recommended by the Australia–Singapore Arts Group,”
Minister Fifield said.
“This group was established to build
on the commitment both countries made following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in
the Field of Arts and Culture in June 2015.”
The Erub Arts Centre is based on Darney
Island, one of the most remote communities in Australia. The Centre is renowned
for collecting old fish nets and creating sculptures featuring marine animals
found on the reefs around the island.
“The exhibition will highlight the
relationship the Erub artists have with the sea and the environment, and will
focus on the themes of recycling, sustainability and conservation,” Leichhardt
MP Warren Entsch said.
“I visited the Erub Artists at their
studio in March and was blown away by the beauty and detail of the artworks
they were preparing. From a massive hammerhead shark to intricate sea turtles
and squid, the pieces are colourful, unique and help protect our marine
exhibition will consist of more than 50 new large-scale sculptural works and
uses sound and lighting to create a contemporary sensory experience. There is
also an exciting educational element with a schools program to be streamed to more
than 1000 students in Singapore and Australia.
“This is a rare opportunity to introduce
audiences in Singapore to the richness of Indigenous Australian visual arts,”
Mr Entsch said.
“This exhibition is pivotal to strengthening
Australia’s international arts and cultural engagement with Singapore and will
assist in building an ongoing program of cultural activities supported by both
countries,” Minister Fifield ended.
a Hammerhead shark made by the men’s art group at the Erub Arts Centre, and
(Right) the ropes and nets that are collected and repurposed into artworks.
Erub Artists creating one of their signature works, and (Below), Warren Entsch
MP visits the studios with Torres Strait Regional Authority Member for Erub
Kenny Bedford and Erub Arts member Aunty Florence Gutchen.
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