Lorna Lui in New Caladonia. Image: Lynnette Griffiths & Erub Arts

Erub merges art with history

The first quarter of 2018 has seen Erub Arts involved in two prominent commissions, both of which highlight not only the talent of Erub artists, but also the exciting history this centre enjoys.

A work titled Sea Journeys began in 2013 when Erub Arts sought to reconnect with New Caledonia. The project spans time, families and religious connections through an event titled ‘The Coming of the Light’. The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in partnership with the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, have invited Erub to continue their Sea Journeys work. The commission will bring to life an important part of Queensland’s history in a major charcoal work that will go on exhibition as part of the Asia Pacific Triennial this November at QAGOMA. 

The Cairns Performing Art Centre and the Cairns Council have commissioned Erub Arts to create a major Ghost Net work Gazir Lagoon. This panel, measuring 4.5m x 3.8m, will hang in the entry foyer of the new Cairns Performing Art Centre, throwing its shadow against the wall.  The panel is comprised of small elements and depicts the life of a lagoon that is central to family life on the fringing reef that surrounds Erub. 

Main image credit: Lorna Lui in New Caladonia. Image: Lynnette Griffiths & Erub Arts

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