ARTNOW FNQ is a biennial initiative of the Gallery that aims to explore and reflect the inspiring range of activities that drive contemporary art and creative practice in Far North Queensland.
The exhibition brings together emerging and established, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in a dialogue about ideas relating to nature, place, environments, identity, politics and history.
Jason Smith, Curatorial Manager of Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art selected twenty-nine of the most inspiring and outstanding artists in the region to participate in the ARTNOW FNQ 2015 exhibition.
Most of the artists created new works of art specifically for the exhibition. Together the artists present a breadth of work that demonstrates a range of influences drawn from the local context and further afield.
ARTNOW FNQ provides the opportunity for the Gallery to acquire outstanding works by leading artists from the region for its permanent Collection and is an important way that the Gallery can further its support for and commitment to local contemporary artists.
Works acquired for the Cairns Art Gallery Collection
Emily NGARNAL EVANS
Robyn GLADE WRIGHT
Kei Kalak (Glen) MACKIE
Ken THAIDAY SNR