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April 2021

2:00 am — 8:00 pm

02 April — 04 April

Training, Workshop

Yandell Walton 3 Day Masterclass ~ Projection Art

3 Day Masterclass with Projection Artist Yandell Walton Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th APRIL 2021 (Easter Holidays). Host: Cairns State High School Limited Numbers Click here to participate This Masterclass is aimed at practising visual contemporary artists, seeking to further their skills and grow their practice for a gallery or public art context. Some experience working with projection is beneficial. You will be required to bring a working laptop that can run the current Adobe Creative Suite to use…


May 2021

9:00 am — 12:00 pm

19 May


Donna Davis ‘When a Tree Falls’ Aust Tropical Herbarium Tour & Workshop

'Field TransPLANT.....' Donna Davis, 2020-2021, single channel projection installation into esky, mixed media. Single channel video installation, image courtesy of the artist. Join Stuart Worboys from the Australian Tropical Herbarium and Artist Claudine Marzik for a morning tour of Smithfield Conservation Park, the Australian Tropical Herbarium specimen collection, and an afternoon session of learning how to prepare different plant specimens, for pressing and mounting. 8.45am Meet at Moka Bar Coffee Shop for coffee and introduction Moka Bar Coffee Shop, Building…


10:00 am — 3:00 pm

28 May


Donna Davis ‘When a Tree Falls’ Field & Studio Workshop

Donna Davis, Would You Love Me More, (Video still), 2021, 2 channel video installation. Image courtesy of the artist. Join Artist Donna Davis When a Tree Falls and Prof. Darren Crayn, Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, for a day exploring the intersections between art and science. 9:45am: Meet at NorthSite Contemporary Arts for a 10am start - Bulmba-ja 96 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Stage 1: In the field / The Esplanade Professor Darren Crayn will start…


September 2021

10:00 am — 1:00 pm

25 September

Artists Talks, Workshop

Weaving Workshop with Delissa Walker

Delissa Walker is a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Mossman/Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland, who weaves traditional basketry using fibres from the endemic black palm tree. Her pieces are included in the long water: fibre stories exhibition showing at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. This practical workshop will focus on fibre skills sharing, focusing on simple weaving techniques using natural fibres. Arrive at NorthSite, Bulmba-ja 96 Abbott St, Cairns City at 9:45am for 10am start. Please use the Check In…


Delissa Walker

November 2021

10:00 am — 1:00 pm

20 November


Weaving Workshop | The ‘m e r i’ project

NorthSite Contemporary Arts is pleased to invite you to attend the weaving workshop by Rosemary Omundsen. This workshop is in conjunction with Wendy Mocke's exhibition The 'm e r i' project. Rosemary Omundsen shares her coconut leaves weaving techniques in a 3hr workshop at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. 10 AM — Arrive at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts Please RSVP by 18 November 2021 using the link below. Cost: $45.00 Tickets are valid for 1 person only, if you would like RSVP…


Woven mat by Rosemary Omundsen

January 2022

10:00 am — 1:00 pm

17 January — 22 January

General Event, Workshop

Postponed | APT10 Kids On Tour comes to NorthSite

POSTPONED Due to the current impact of coronavirus cases within our region, we have postponed the APT10 Kids On Tour workshops. We endeavour to bring these workshops to the gallery in April 2022. APT10 Kids on Tour includes activities developed in collaboration with artists Shannon Novak (Aotearoa New Zealand), Phuong Ngo (Australia), Syagini Ratna Wulan (Indonesia), Jamilah Haji (Thailand), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Vipoo Srivilasa (Thailand / Australia). Phuong Ngo’s collage activity Pattern Exchange 2021 is informed…


3 people sitting at a table and assembling patterns as part of APT10 Kids On Tour

February 2022

9:00 am — 3:00 pm

21 February — 21 February

General Event, Workshop

Your Story: Sequencing and narrative with personal photography

Participants will work with a selection of 50+ existing personal images, arranging their photographs in a folio of fresh image sequences.   Who, What, Why: Photographers Sean Davey and Aishah Kenton of the Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts will guide you through a range of considerations and approaches to arrive at an intimate folio of personal photographs. Each participant will create a new series of photographs presented in a cohesive folio, that communicates narrative and feeling solely through image. This…


10:00 am — 4:00 pm

22 February — 22 February


Photographic Books: an Intro to DIY Bookmaking

Introduction to book design using a series of photographs to make a finished photo book. In this workshop you will be guided to use the online publication design program Blurb to create a photo book – design, publish, print and distribute. Aishah Kenton and Sean Davey from the Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts will share some of their favourite tangible objects – photographic artist books and work with you to use accessible tools to combine your images and design a…


10:00 am — 2:00 pm

27 February — 27 February


Art Writing Workshop

Join arts writer Tess Maunder as she guides you through an introduction to arts writing structures, focusing on artist bios and reviews. "Writing about visual art and wider culture is essential to thinking critically, communicating with the public and integral to understanding, evaluating and visually analyzing artworks. It's a great skill to develop and continue to hone throughout your practice. Writing doesn't have to be complicated, and actually writing without too much inflated language makes the most accessible text for…


August 2022

5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

02 August

Training, Workshop

Artist Connect

An informal group that aims to connect local artists and provide a collegial support network. Join Melania Jack from NorthSite in an informal group that aims to connect local artists and provide a collegial support network. Each month will focus on a new theme such as building your artist website, marketing your art through social media and other skills. This month we will focus on marketing your work. Bring along your laptop, pens and paper and your idea's on what…


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