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BBM 98.7 FM extends as far south as Gordonvale, West to Kuranda, Atherton and Mareeba, north to Port Douglas and Mossman, east to Yarrabah, and the Cairns area. BBM 98.7FM has the potential to reach more than 150,000 listeners daily.
Thanks to the team at Bumma Bippera Media who made it possible for the episodes to be broadcasted via NIRS – National Indigenous Radio Service.
Artists - Obery Sambo, Rhonda Woolla, Heather Koowootha
They tell us about the deep connections they have with culture through their art. Their stories are moving, you won’t wanna miss this!
Yarns with CIAF supporters. Jack also yarns to Yidinji man Paul Bong (aka Bindur Bullin). His grandmother, who spoke Yidiny, taught Bong stories and legends about the rainforest – its bush food, animals, young warriors and special places such as Babinda Boulders and the Gordonvale Pyramid. These stories are the inspiration for many of his works.
Finally, we yarn to Paul Jakubowski, current manager at Pormpuraaw Art and culture centre, who’s participating artists are facilitating artworks in CIAF 2020 exhibitions and virtual galleries.
Today, Jack Wilkie-Jans yarn to Kuku Midigi man, artist Arone Meeks. Meeks values this combination of training and experience; his work employs both traditional images and themes arising out of his concern with the issues of Land Rights, Sexuality, Cultural Values and Belonging to Place.Photo Courtesy Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Jack Wilkie-Jans also yarns to Fiona Elisala-Mosby. Born on Thursday Island in the northern islands of Zenadth Zes (the Torres Strait). She is currently a studio Assistant and artist at Moa Arts and works primarily with lino printing, etching, screen-printing and mono prints.
Finally, host Carli Somer Willis yarns to Darren Blackman, urban cultural artist and musician currently living in Aurukun, on Wik Country in Western Cape York. His father is of the Gureng Gureng and Gangalu language nations of South East and Central QLD. His mother is of Kanaka descent, whose grandparents were taken from the Northern Islands of Vanuatu. Exhibitor: NorthSite Contemporary Arts
Today on the show, Jack Wilkie-Jans yarns to Francoise Lane, an artist and textile designer that helps lovers of standout textiles and pattern by creating unique textiles inspired by stories of connection to country. Her goal is that her textiles will bring joy to your home and put a delightful spring in your step when you wear them.
Esteemed Indigenous artist Zane Saunders yarns about his premiere performance - Cure - during his residency at Bulmba-ja Art Centre 13-17 July 2020. With Covid-19 measures in place, Cure is to be adapted and presented as a 360˚ digital video through Cairns Indigenous Art Fair online platform during the festival.
David Jones pursues through his art practice and research, a critique of institutionalised and everyday racism in Australia. Continued dedication to this denial inhibits the progress of Australia’s national identity, whereas reflection on past actions, cast against understood social and cultural norms, can contribute to a new path – taking the steps to make amends.
- All excerpts courtesy of the artists.
CIAFSponsors – Coral Expeditions, BDO, Holding Redlich
BDO Nth Qld are a leading audit, accounting, tax, and advisory firm and has been sponsoring CIAF for the past eight years. The firm is locally owned with a strong connection to our region and communities. The Cairns office proudly displays many colourful artworks, purchased from CIAF. CEO, Stacey Young tells Carl what it is that makes CIAF special to the firm. This year, BDO are sponsoring the Emerging Art Award.
Holding Redlich Solicitors are a leading, multi-dimensional Law Firm. Carli Yarns to Partner Vanessa Murana. On their second year as a CIAF sponsor, they are excited to be sponsoring the Art Awards for the first time, in particular the Innovation award.
Coral Expeditions, small ship ocean explorer tourism operators, are another sponsor of a number of years. This year they took on a partnership in a different way. CIAF and Coral Expeditions have announced a small ship voyage for two, valued at $21, 800. Carli Yarns to Director Jeff Gillies about the way CIAF has made them look differently at business and the ways they encourage and promote Indigenous art and culture in their business.
Andy Duffin was born in Cairns and raised in and around the Kuranda region. He identifies as a Djabugay person and proudly carries on the traditional style of his ancestors. Andy aspires to become a master weaver of the bi-cornual basket much like, Girramay traditional owner and master weaver Abe Muriata who is credited with teaching Andy the traditional and timeless techniques.
As an abstract painter, Clinton Naina uses domestic materials as his medium, such as heritage coloured house paint, bitumen paint and domestic household bleach (white king). He also uses reference from the dominant culture and its symbols that symbolise language, religion, land, country, targeted, crown and colonisation of the dispossessed.
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