New works by artists from 15 communities throughout the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area will be unveiled to the public in the official opening of the 2016 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award on 16 June.
The exhibition will present an accurate look at contemporary Torres Strait Islander arts practice, bringing emerging artists together with some of the region’s most well-known, including Segar Passi, Angela Torenbeek and artists from the Erub Arts collective fresh from their recent exhibition in Monaco.
The Award first began in 2008, with the main goal being to gather and present an authentic representation of the art and craft work created in our communities.
By doing this audiences are presented with the chance to not only be the first to see brand new works by some of our region’s most well-known artists, but also to witness developments at the forefront of our region’s arts industry.
In the past the Award has attracted significant attention from buyers, including major national collecting institutions and private collectors, with most works being sold on the opening night.
The TSRA looks forward to welcoming guest judge and Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Mr Bruce McLean for the opening night, as well as local cultural advisors Mr Gabriel Bani and Ms Elsa Day.
The 2016 Award will open at 6pm, featuring the announcement of Award recipients and traditional dance performances by Naygayiw Gigi Bamaga and Seisia Saibailgal Dance Team.
Entry to the event is free and open to all community members and visitors. For more information, contact the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on 07 4069 0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.