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Yarrabah is the first stop as CIAF hits the road

[by Pip Miller]


Master of Country: Yarrabah’s award-winning artist, Philomena Yeatman showcases her talent at work this week in  Yarrabah Arts and Culture Precinct studio.  The artist showed off her skills to CIAF’s team this week including the organisation’s Evolution II trainees. 

Image: Pip Miller


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When Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) hit the road this month as part of a ‘mini tour’ of Tropical North Queensland art centres the team enjoy a screen printing workshop at first stop, Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct.


When the CIAF team—including the CIAF Evolution Project II trainees—took time out of the office (ahead of their completion of their traineeship placement and Certificate I in Business) to visit Yarrabah Arts and Culture Precinct this week the rewards abounded in a guided tour by Yarrabah Art Centre Manager, Simone Arnol, of the precinct facilities, studio and museum which was an opportunity to gain insights into the centre’s history and its affinity with fine ceramics.

“We met with artists Philomena Yeatman, Michelle Yeatman and Wayne Connolly, had lunch, and learned about the involved screen-printing process (as well as some of their exciting plans for CIAF 2023.  Our Partnerships Assistant, Ebony Doyle, even tried her hand at the art form for her first time.  Thank you, Yarrabah Arts and Culture Precinct, for welcoming us to your beautiful Country,” said Mr Wilkie-Jans.

Targeting the southern eastern Cape, the CIAF team is also planning to visit the communities and Art Centres of Mossman Gorge, Wujal Wujal and Hopevale.


The road trip organised by CIAF Marketing and Communications Manager, Jack Wilkie-Jans, is part of the organisation’s commitment to grow the showcase and ethical marketplace opportunities for Queensland’s Indigenous artists, as well as nurturing artists’ careers while also learning from them.


“Obviously we want to go everywhere, as we do represent the whole of Queensland,” said Mr Wilkie-Jans.


“Last year members of our team visited Cardwell, Quandamooka and Woorabinda and visited the art centres there. In fact, we have great plans to not only visit every art centre in Queensland, but also help communities by supporting their local event - to ‘give back’ and become more involved with our immediate stakeholders, the artists.


“While CIAF’s funding contributes to the operations of our organisation and annual program of events, we are always looking to partner with companies and other organisations who can help support the work we do outside of presenting CIAF, namely support grass-roots communities and artist development. This is the work we are passionate about and would like to do more of, so reach out to us if this sounds like you - we are a registered charity.”






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