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February 2020

10:30 am — 2:00 pm

29 February — 29 February

General Event

Bulmba-Ja Community Welcome Day

Come and celebrate the opening of Cairns' revitalised arts centre - Bulmba-ja. Bulmba-ja (formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts) is a theatre, gallery and creative development space that plays a vital role in the thriving Cairns arts scene. Bulmba-ja supports Far North Queensland arts and culture with a focus on showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The community welcome day will feature family-friendly activities organised by Arts Queensland including: Workshops (booking through Arts Queensland, more info…

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Bulmba-ja-Arts_Centre-Welcome-Cairns

March 2020

6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

28 March — 28 March

Opening Event

NorthSite Artists’ Party – POSTPONED

Following 18 months of renovation and transformation, we're home!!! New spaces and fresh faces with an everlasting commitment to creativity and community. The NorthSite Artists' Party brings the arts community together under this one roof again. The Centre of Contemporary Arts has been transformed by the State Government into Bulmba-ja - an inclusive new incubator of contemporary art, theatre, dance and performance. Artists & Supporters come together to celebrate the next wave of contemporary art exhibitions at Bulmba-ja. Doors 6pm.…

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May 2020

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

22 May

Online Exhibition

Artists Call Out. Online Exhibition. Novel Anthopocene-19

Artists of the North. Here's a chance to share the art that you've been creating lately. Think conceptually, or literally,  poetically or with your senses. Respond to what you are feeling and seeing, big or small. Your experience is rich with material to explore and share. So to fire those neurones, you could submit work that touches upon: micro  / macro environments inside  / outside looking back / looking forward – the present change the political landscape social behaviours human…

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Photo of Earth within black galaxy from Apollo 8 near the moon

July 2020

5:00 pm — 7:00 pm

22 July

Training

IndigeDesign Labs Meet up 1

22 July 2020

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11:00 am — 1:00 pm

25 July

Opening Event

Jane Heraghty exhibition opening (invite only)

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August 2020

3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

15 August — 15 August

Opening Event

Billy Missi’n Opening Celebration (invite only + online Broadcast via CIAF fb page)

The Board of NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Director Ashleigh Campbell and staff invite you to attend the opening of the retrospective exhibition by the late Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait) printmaker Billy Missi Billy Missi'n Wakain Thamai Saturday 15 August 2020  Opened by Cr. Gabriel Bani (Wagadagam Tribal Elder & Deputy Mayor, Torres Shire Council) 3pm at Bulmba-ja, outdoor yarning circle for Welcome to Country by Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Traditional Owners Performance by Maluilgal Dance Group in the Theatre followed…

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September 2020

8:00 am — 5:00 pm

24 September — 21 November

Artists Talks

Rite of Passage Online Artist Talks

As travel and gatherings have become less accessible this year, we bring you online discussions with the artists in Rite of Passage as they discuss their artworks and their practice with curator Shannon Brett. Tune in each week and share with those you think should hear. Rite of Passage is a visionary group exhibition that developed as a response to the significance of the year 2020 – 250 years since James Cook first landed in Australia.  The exhibition aims to…

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October 2020

10:00 am — 3:00 pm

09 October — 28 November

Performance

Rose Rigley Performances – every Friday

ROSE RIGLEY Object Performances Witness artist Rose Rigley sort through sentimental items from her mother's archive, within the NorthSite exhibition space each Friday during the exhibition. Exhibition runs: 2 OCTOBER — 5 DECEMBER 2020 | Performances Fridays 10am - 12pm & 1pm -3pm. 9th October 16th October 23rd October 30th October 6th November 20th November "OBJECT is a collaborative project which asked the community to provide their keepsakes as the basis for the drawings and artworks in this exhibition. The…

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December 2020

11:00 am — 12:30 pm

05 December — 05 December

Artists Talks

Conversation: Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection On Tour.

Join QAGOMA Project Officer Henri Van Noordenburg in conversation on the 1st day of 'Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour' Experience the exhibition and hear Henri discuss the practices and processes behind the exhibition and artist, from concept to completion and everything in between. As the format of this event is conversational, there will be time for Q & A throughout the talk. Come along, bring a friend! Pre-registration essential via Eventbrite. ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour’ is a…

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10:00 am — 5:00 pm

11 December — 24 December

Art Market

NorthSite Art Market – Ceramic Edition

NorthSite Art Market - Ceramic Edition  Location: Gallery 2 Dates: 11 – 24 December 2020 Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm + Saturdays 10am – 1pm   Market Day - Saturday 12 December 10am – 1pm Beats by Jelly Oshen. Coffee and tasty treats on offer. A chance to collect unique one-of-a-kind ceramic platters made by local artists, Lenore Howard, Jenny Valmadre, Rose Rigley, Geoff Dixon, Andrea Huelin, Arone Meeks, Julie Poulsen, Ed Koumans, Robyn Baker, Napoleon Oui &…

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