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Gab Titui calls for local artwork to showcase at national art fairs

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Internationally acclaimed Torres Strait Islander artist Joey Laifoo hosts an artist workshop at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
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Aerial view of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair in action

The Torres Strait Regional Authority’s (TSRA) Gab Titui Cultural Centre will showcase First Nations art from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) region at two upcoming national art fairs.

First Nations artists are encouraged to submit works for inclusion in the collections headed for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) by 1 July 2024.

TSRA Chairperson Napau Pedro Stephen AM said the TSRA was committed to providing opportunities for local artists on national platforms.

“The TSRA has a long-standing partnership with CIAF and DAAF, and we make every effort to ensure our region is represented every year,” Mr Stephen said.

“We support artists and dance teams to participate and perform at these events to showcase language, art and culture.

“The Gab Titui art fair booth promotes and sells traditional and contemporary artworks made by artists across the region.

“Last year, TSRA sponsored the CIAF People’s Choice Award for the very first time, committing in a greater capacity to the largest First Nations art fair in tropical north Queensland,” he said.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open and Gab Titui staff are available to support artists in delivering their works to the Centre by 1 July 2024.

In 2024, CIAF runs from 25-28 July and DAAF from 9-11 August.

How to submit artwork:

  • Contact the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on 07 4069 0888 to express your interest and arrange freight.
  • Ensure your artwork is securely packaged and suitable for travel from your community to Waibene (Thursday Island).
  • All artworks must arrive at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre by 1 July 2024.

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