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Contemporary Indigenous Textiles From Australia’s Tropic Zone

Thu 5 August 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Sat September 4, 2021

Contemporary Indigenous Textiles From Australia’s Tropic Zone

Exhibition curated by the Cairns Art Gallery on display at The Court House Gallery.


This landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in Australia, presents exciting new hand-printed Indigenous textiles from remote communities across far north Australia. Community-led Aboriginal Art Centres in the Northern Territory first explored screen-printed textiles as a new creative medium in the 1960s.


Today, these textiles are a nationally and internationally acclaimed form of cultural expression that provides sustainable economic, cultural, and social benefits to Indigenous artists, art centres and their communities.


Indigenous textile screen-printing is a dynamic art form that transcends the realm of simple utilitarianism.


Rather, it inhabits a previously undefined space between the commonplace and the sacred. As a creative medium it brings together elements of art, design, fashion and craft, resulting in a unique art form that is accessible, adaptive and reproducible.


Entry: Free


Gallery closed on Public Holidays.


The Court House Art Gallery
38 Abbott St
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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