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GTCC opening of Long Water Fibre Stories exhibition

Cygnet Repu, TSRA Board Member for Mabuyag/Culture, Art and Heritage Programme Portfolio Member perusing the long water: fibre stories exhibition.
Enid Tom, Director of Kaurareg Native Title Aboriginal Corporation perusing the long water: fibre stories exhibition.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre opens travelling exhibition – long water: fibre stories

On 12 November, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre opened the touring exhibition; long water: fibre stories.

Curated by Freja Carmichael, a Ngugi woman from Quandamooka country, the exhibition showcases fibre practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from different generations and ancestries. Two of the exhibiting artists are proud Torres Strait Islander women; Fiona Elisala-Mosby and Paula Savage of Moa Arts.

Installed at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, long water: fibre stories traces the fresh and salty waterways of New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and the Torres Strait.

Each of the 11 exhibiting artists express through their works the unbreakable and complex interwoven relationship water has with all other elements that sustain life, culture, identity and spirituality.

The opening night was an intimate event attended by community stakeholders, leaders and Elders. Representing The Institute of Modern Art, curator and director of Programs and Audience, Tulleah Pearce introduced the touring exhibition. After the formalities, attendees perused the fibre works and learned of their spirited attachment to water.

Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairperson Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said “We are proud to have long water: fibre stories at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre,”

“Congratulations to Fiona Elisala-Mosby and Paula Savage for gaining national exposure for their work and Torres Strait fibre art,”

“I encourage our local communities to visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and experience long water: fibre stories,” said Chair Stephen.

long water: fibre stories will be on show at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre until 20 February 2022.

The exhibition has been developed through relationships with artists and communities, particularly the Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre, and Moa Arts. It was made possible with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program, and String Harvest.

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