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. In broad terms it brings together works by emerging and established, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in a dialogue about ideas relating to nature, place, environments, identity, politics and history. This year, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, was invited to select thirty artists for the exhibition from over two hundred and fifty submissions. The artists selected represented a breadth of works that demonstrated a range of influences drawn from the local context and further afield. The artists chosen offered an insight into generations of artists working in an expansive range of media, from printmaking, painting, sculpture, digital and installation practices. One of the selected artists this year is Glen Mackie who is making a new linocut print that depicts the legendary warrior Kebisu. Kebisu performed fantastic acts of heroism and bravery and stories about him were often told to young Island men to instil in them courage, obedience, and temperance on the water.
ARTNOW FNQ 2017 selected artists:
Margery ACCOOM, Vernon AH KEE, Michael ANNING, Vincent BABIA, Paul BONG, Andrew BONNEAU, Shannon BRETT, Gertrude DAVIS, Jeanie HOLROYD, Andrea HUELIN, Elizabeth HUNTER, Heather KOOWOOTHA, Serena KURING, Grace Lillian LEE, Glen MACKIE, Michael MARZIK, Arone MEEKS, Danie MELLOR, Mark MISIC, Rosella NAMOK, Daniel O’SHANE, Julie POULSEN, Rose RIGLEY, Francesca ROSA, Yixuan RUAN, Bernard SINGLETON Jnr, Kristin TENNYSON, Ian WALDRON, Delissa WALKER.