Home Island, Home Country celebrates the cultural practices of remote communities in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, increasing awareness amongst mainstream Australian society of this fascinating part of Australia.
After extensive collaboration between Far Northern communities and Cairns Regional Gallery, the exhibition of 52 selected children's artworks from 16 remote communities showcases the vibrant, dynamic and unique lifestyles led by children, using visual art as a tool to express cultural diversity and identity.
Drawn from communities as diverse as Darnley Island, a small volcanic island 100km from Papua New Guinea, and Yarrabah, a settlement nestled between the rainforest and the mangrove flats south of Cairns, these works on paper share an insightful, intimate and rare view of life through children's eyes, often uplifting, always fascinating. Each work's didactic provides a short story from the artist, describing their homeland and both the joys and challenges that life in a remote community offers.
Tour Dates 2006
Ipswich Art Gallery: 4 February - 1 May
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW: 27 May - 17 July
Tandanya Art Centre, Adelaide: 12 August - 15 September
Old Parliament House, Canberra: 26 October 2006 - 21 January 2007
Tour Dates 2007
Australian Catholic University: Brisbane campus 6 February - 16 March; Melbourne campus 9 March - 23 March; Sydney campus 10 April - 26 May
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery: 15 June - 8 July
World Theatre Gallery, Charters Towers: 27 July - 19 August