How we see and experience life in tropical Far North Queensland continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration for artists - those who live here, and those who are passing through or who have spent time working in our region.
More than fifty works from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection have been selected. They connect different historical and contemporary narratives and experiences relating to landscape, people, industries and architecture in three distinct areas of Far North Queensland – the greater Cairns region, Cape York, and the Torres Strait Islands.
Through paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists document and imagine how industries such as sugar cane, pearling, fishing and hunting, have irrevocably shaped peoples’ lives, cultural identity and the environment from early settlement to the present day.
The Collection comprises more than seven hundred works that have been acquired since the mid-1990s. Artists represented in the current exhibition include Ray Crooke, Dick Roughsey, Fred Williams, Percy Trezise, Kerry Trapnell and William Yang, as well as contemporary artists whose works have been donated to or commissioned by the Gallery within the past three years. These include Mavis Ngallametta, Vernon Ah Kee, Danie Mellor, Daniel Boyd, Heather Koowootha, Grace Lillian Lee, Michael Marzik, Paul Bong and Francesca Rosa.
Image: William YANG, Herbert See Boy #1 1990, gelatin silver photograph, 41 x 27cm. Commissioned by Cairns Regional Gallery 2000