IACA held its second Members Conference of 2019 at the Mossman Gorge Centre - idyllically located at the gateway to the southern section of the Daintree Rainforest and the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people. The event began with a Kuku Yalanji Welcome to Country on the banks of the river. Delegates were treated to a Ngadiku Dreamtime tour by local Kuku Yalanji guides, which explored special places and culturally significant sites in Mossman Gorge, traditional bush food sources, and included demonstrations on traditional plant use and ochre paint.
The conference agenda was again jam packed and included updates from Arts Queensland, as well as a CIAF strategic planning consultation session. Guest speakers included Rebekah Butler of Museums & Galleries Queensland, Steven Ducksbury from the North Queensland Land Council, Patricia Adjei from the Australia Council for the Arts, and Claire Summers and Mandy Tripcony from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation.
An amazing final presentation on the IACA Northern Disclosure workshops was held by Curtis Taylor and Rebecca Dagnall. Everyone enjoyed the chance to see Curtis Taylor’s powerful, award-winning short film Yulubidyi - Until The End. Edwina Circuitt gave a wrap up of the IACA Belonging workshops which have been held over the past six months, and the Cultural Connections partnership with the National Museum of Australia. Finally, the IACA members meeting and AGM took place, where the existing Management Committee was re-elected with the addition of Margaret Mara from Wei’num Arts and Crafts.
Main image credit: Wei’num artist Margaret Mara addressing the group during the IACA Members conference, Mossman Gorge, October 2019. Image: IACA