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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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July 2020

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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February 2021

1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

27 February

Opening Event

Call of the Running Tide ~ Opening Event

EXCLUSIVE OPENING EVENT OPPORTUNITY. GREAT NEWS! NorthSite has limited spaces available to an exhibition opening event for Call of the Running Tide. When: Saturday 27th February 2021 Time: 1-3 PM Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, NorthSite events adhere to directions and rules put in place by the Queensland Government. This is strictly a ticketed event. Attendees must register via Eventbrite (see link below) to take up this wonderful opportunity. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/call-of-the-running-tide-opening-event-tickets-142448502305  1:00 pm arrival at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts 2:00 pm Welcome…

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May 2021

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

07 May — 07 May

Opening Event

Exhibition Opening Donna Davis ‘When A Tree Falls’ & Kate Robertson ‘Kuna Siuwai Pokong – Medicinal Plants from Siwai’

The Board of NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Acting Director Michael Marzik and staff welcome you to attend the opening event for Donna Davis When A Tree Falls & Kate Robertson Kuna Siuwai Pokong - Medicinal Plants from Siwai. Friday 07 May 2021 6:00 pm Arrival at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts 6:30 pm Welcome to Country by Carl Fourmile of Minjil 6:45 pm Opened by Ashleigh Campbell Director NorthSite Contemporary Arts Bar will be open from 6:00 pm Click here to RSVP…

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July 2021

10:30 am — 12:30 pm

01 July

Opening Event

Tommy Pau Opening Event

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Director and Staff, you are invited to attend the opening event WHEN: Thursday 1 July 2021 10:30am - 12.30pm WHERE: Bulmba-Ja 96 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870 Australia Welcome to Country by Carl Fourmile of Minjil Artist Talk by Robert Tommy Pau Special Guest Speaker Bakoi Nomak Choir sing ‘Coming of the Light’ song followed by a prayer by Sam Bana Light refreshments will be provided We hope to see you there! All…

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Robert Tommy Pau exhibition invitation

August 2021

10:00 am — 5:00 pm

17 August

Opening Event

Mornington Island Artists – Legacies Living On – Painting in the Gallery

POSTPONED   Mirndiyan Gununa | Mornington Island Art Centre Exhibition Legacies Living On Activity: Painting in Gallery 1 Mornington Island Artists will be painting in the main gallery during CIAF. Day 1 Tues 17 AUG 1st Session 10-12pm 12-12.30 Break (Lunch) 2nd Session 12.30 - 2.30pm 2.30-3pm (Afternoon Tea) 3rd Session 3-5pm Day 2 Wed 18 AUG 1st Session 10-12pm 12-12.30 Break (Lunch) 2nd Session 12.30 - 2.30pm 2.30-3pm (Afternoon Tea) 3rd Session 3-5pm Visit the gallery, meet the artists, have…

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September 2021

5:00 pm — 9:00 pm

24 September

Artists Talks, Opening Event

‘Beyond the Sight of Land’ & ‘longwater: fibre stories’ EXHIBITION OPENINGS

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Director Ashleigh Campbell and the NorthSite team, you are invited to attend the opening event for: - Beyond the Sight of Land by Lenore Howard - long water: fibre stories curated by Freja Carmichael Order of events: 5:00pm - long water: fibre stories curator's talk with Freja Carmichael 5:30pm - Beyond the Sight of Land artist's talk Lenore Howard 6:00pm - Welcome to Country by Carl Marun Fourmile (Yidinji) of Minjil 6:15pm -…

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November 2021

5:30 pm — 8:30 pm

19 November — 19 November

Opening Event

The ‘m e r i’ project | Exhibition Opening

The Board of NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Director Ashleigh Campbell and staff invite you to attend the opening event The ‘ m e r i’ project by Wendy Mocke. 5:45 PM — Arrive at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts 6:00 PM — Welcome to Country by Carl Marun Fourmile (Yidinji) of Minjil 6:15 PM — The official opening of  The ‘m e r i’ project Hear from artist Wendy Mocke Officially opened by Aunty Olive Tau Davis Later — Music by Papua…

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Nana, 2019, c-type photograph

December 2021

5:30 pm — 8:30 pm

03 December — 03 December

Opening Event, Performance

Film Screening | TERROR NULLIUS by Soda Jerk

As part of the Just Not Australian exhibition, NorthSite Contemporary Arts will be screening TERROR NULLIUS by Soda Jerk. MA 15 + | 54mins TERROR NULLIUS is in conjunction with the exhibition Just Not Australian showing at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. Presented in partnership with End Credits Film Club. Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a political revenge fable that offers an unwriting of Australian national mythologies. Binding together a documentary impulse with the bent plotlines of…

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Soda Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS
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