We are determined not to let COVID slow us down at Erub Arts. In fact, we’ve seized the opportunity to think differently about our art centre - to reflect on what is important, useful and workable and how we can implement technology that will enrich our art practice and enhance our sales. Like many other people and organisations, many of us have also taken the opportunity to regroup and focus on ourselves and our families.
With this in mind we completed the ‘At Home Together’ project. We decided at an art centre meeting to create a food bowl with all of our returned works. The aim was to symbolise the simple things that we all did during COVID such as bringing people to the table and sharing food, while also reinforcing the important message of collectively looking after our oceans. The final piece was a celebratory photo shoot, at Kemus, with Jimmy K operating a drone.
This year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Coming of the Light which is a significant time in Torres Strait history when the missionaries from New Caledonia landed to spread the word of God. We have been working with Imelda Miller from the Queensland Museum and curator Rhianna Patrick to reignite stories around this event that will look at the past, present and future.
And finally, in exciting news for 2021, Erub artists will feature in a major exhibition at the Le Harvre Natural History Museum in France. Erub artists are very pleased to once again work with curator Geraldine Le Roux on an ambitious ghost net project that has seen our artists commissioned to create a dolphin (Bid Paikai). The project has brought together a number of the people and groups who originally facilitated the ghost Net Art Projects in the early days. The exhibition will feature two life size dolphins (another by Ghost Net Art Project), Waumer (frigate birds), flying fish, jelly fish, other fish and a turtle.
Main image credit: Erub Arts team with the collaboration from the At Home Together project at Kemus. Image: Erub Arts