Since January, Erub Arts have been working very hard towards the 150th Anniversary of Coming of the Light.
The Art Centre has been busy developing merchandise for the event, as well as producing works for four exhibitions including CIAF, Island Futures at the Queensland Museum, 150ZK at Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island, and a textile installation recreating a feasting table at the Cairns Court House, which will include Indigenous textiles from the North of Australia. All of this is on top of their own gallery exhibition to continue to share their works with the local community.
The process to create a logo and imagery for the Anniversary event has involved mono-printing workshops, fabric dying, watercolour painting and charcoal drawing. Each item produced has been carefully selected and workshopped through an inhouse design process facilitated by Lynnette Griffiths. Some items have been ordered specially and some printed in the studio. All work has a focus on being as “local as possible” and for locals by locals. The community is very happy with the results and items will be on sale through Erub Arts and Gab Titui.
Further afield, Erub Arts have also been working on two large projects - one that will bring together people from around Australia’s coastline, and the other in Indonesia. With the second project, the Art Centre is hoping to raise awareness with fishing communities and host satellite exhibitions in regional areas of Indonesia where the impact of fishing and using nets is both a livelihood and an environmental challenge. Stay tuned for more information later this year.
Main image credit: Nancy Naawi pulling her first Coming of the Light Mono Print. Image Erub Arts and Lynnette Griffiths