The Board of the Cairns Art Gallery and Director, Andrea May Churcher, invite you to attend the exhibition opening event of Black Bamboo: Contemporary Bamboo Furniture Design From Mer.
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. This is a shared initiative between Cairns Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, and Thursday Island’s Gab Titui Cultural Centre, with the support of Mer Gedkem Le.
Guest Speaker: Aven S. Noah, Native Title Co-ordinator, Mer Gedkem Le (TSI) Corporation RNTBC
Special Performance: Mer Choir, Mer Ira Watai
All welcome. RSVPs appreciated. Cash bar and light refreshments available.
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