The last six months have seen NLM make a number of positive strides, not least of which was securing funding through Arts Queensland for a capacity building program which enabled Solomon Booth, George Gabey and David Bosun to travel to Cairns where they worked under the tutelage of Dian Darmansjah (with valuable assistance from Kick Arts) to produce ground breaking colour reduction prints which formed the backbone of our fine art exhibition at the 2017 CIAF.
This was the first time that NLM had exhibited in the fine art section at CIAF for some time and sales there and in the market place exceeded last year’s total by threefold.
Specifically, in the market place, our ornamental tiles, purses, baskets and tea towels proved to be a huge success, the genus of which was a Diana Abiad workshop earlier in the year.
Further to that there is the potential for commissions in lampshade making and workshop leading for one of our new artists, Paula Savage.
This month (August) sees another first for NLM with a trip to Darwin for DAAF under the auspices of IACA. This has been made possible through the generous offices of TSRA through their Culture, Art and Heritage program.
This period has also seen second prize in the Gab Titui award for renowned basket weaver Maria Ware and the NAIDOC prize for George Gabey.
All in all, with the appointment of a new manager in January of this year and our continued work with Black Square Arts to establish a shop front in Cairns, it has been a busy and successful half year for Ngalun Lagau Minaral Arts.
Art Centre Manager