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Gab Titui Cultural Centre reopens to the public

After six weeks of successful renovations to its retail space, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre has reopened its doors to the public. On 1 June 2021, a small ceremony was held at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre to mark the re-opening.

Commending the successful renovations, TSRA Chairperson Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM said the upgrades ensure the Gab Titui Cultural Centre continued to meet world-class gallery standards.

“Since its establishment in 2004, the Centre has upheld the community’s vision as a keeping place for the Torres Strait’s history, cultural heritage and art,”

Derlot Design Group was awarded the contract and project managed the renovations and fit out. With a reputation for modern interior design across Queensland, the TSRA appointed Derlot Design Group for their innovative display solutions in the arts industry.

“This upgrade would not be possible without external funding from Arts Queensland Indigenous Art Centre Infrastructure Fund (ICACIF) and we acknowledge Art Queensland’s generous contribution and support,” Chair Stephen said.

Minister for Arts Leeanne Enoch said Gab Titui Cultural Centre’s shopfront was upgraded with Palaszczuk Government funding of over $45,000 through the Indigenous Art Centre Infrastructure Fund.

“With more space for artworks and retail stock, the revamped shop will be a great opportunity to increase the profile and economic outcomes for the region’s artists and community,” Minister Enoch said.

“Our Government also supports Gab Titui Cultural Centre with operational funding through the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative to help promote the Torres Strait’s unique First Nations arts and culture.

“Elevating First Nations arts is a key priority of Creative Together 2020 -2030: a 10-year vision to transform and renew Queensland through creativity.”

GTCC Gift Shop Opening Leilani and Elsie

Leilani  Bin-Juda & Elsie Passi

GTTC Gift Shop Opening Fr Tom Stephen

Fr. Tom Stephen

While the public are invited to experience the Centre’s new gift shop, the Wabunaw Geth and Ephraim Bani Galleries remain closed until the highly anticipated 150ZK Truth Telling: Coming of the Light Zenadth Kes 150 Years Exhibition opens in June 2021.

For those unable to physically visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, you can browse and shop authentic Torres Strait arts online at shop.gabtitui.gov.au

Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people are advised this website may contain names, images and recordings of people who have passed.