Opening in June, Black Bamboo: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design From Mer marks the exciting conclusion of a series of workshops held with invited artists and designers from the Eastern Torres Strait island of Mer, also known as Murray Island. Using black bamboo – a culturally significant material that has been specially prepared in saltwater for several months – Meriam designers intricately crafted cabinets and furniture that are imbued with important Meriam stories. Drawing inspiration from their tiny island home, the artists and designers have produced a powerful collection of sustainable contemporary furniture.
Black Bamboo: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design From Mer is a shared initiative between the Cairns Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, and Thursday Island’s Gab Titui Cultural Centre, with the support of Mer Gedkem Le (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC and Sea Swift.
Image: Arti, collaborative standing cabinet by Meriam Elders, artists and community members participating in the Black Bamboo design and maker workshop 2019. Photography courtesy NGV