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Crystalbrook Bailey Feature Artist – Nigel Perera

Wed 29 June 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Sat July 30, 2022

Crystalbrook Bailey Feature Artist – Nigel Perera

Event by Crystalbrook Bailey.


We’re delighted to welcome Nigel Perera to Crystalbrook Bailey as our June – July feature artist. His exhibition, Back On The Wheel, celebrates a return to the arts after a creative hiatus.


Drawing on ancient traditions of wheel thrown pottery from Perera’s country of birth, Sri Lanka, Back On The Wheel brings the ancient artform in a contemporary context. The clay is mixed and thrown onto hand-spun wheel, then fired in an open wood oven.


With pots and urns of all shapes and sizes, this exhibition showcases experimentation with glaze and form. Influenced by Australian ceramic artists David Oswald and Ted Seccombe, Perera creates each piece to tell a story, whether through shape, form or the colour of the glaze. Back On The Wheel is a showcase of Perera’s passion and love for the creative process to help save an ancient Sri-Lankan clay pottery tradition.


Meet the artist: Nigel Perera is a Cairns based artist with a love for his craft. The Sri-Lankan born artist studied pottery at Cairns TAFE and within his first year was taking on contracts as a production potter. Throughout his career, Perera has worked on a number of projects and jobs creating large scale thrown pots for island resorts, a niche that combined his love for the artform with his location, Tropical North Queensland. As Perera progresses his skills on the wheel, he enjoys experimenting with new techniques, from the wheel through to the kiln.


Exhibition Opening Night: 

‘In conversation’ artist talk with Nigel Perera on Thursday 9th June at 6:30pm in the lobby at Crystalbrook Bailey.

Free to attend with music by Jelly Oshen.


Exhibition runs: 7th June till 30th July.


Artwork from the exhibition are available for sale.




Wed 29 June 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Crystalbrook Bailey
1300 002 050
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Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
163 Abbott Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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