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April 2021

1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

01 April

Artists Talks

Project ‘m e r i’ | Performance and Opening – POSTPONED

To commemorate the opening of the 'm e r i' project, creative thinker and playwright Wendy Mocke performs a verbatim response to the photographic images and powerful stories shared by the women of Papua New Guinean heritage within the exhibition. Join these women and Wendy Mocke for an afternoon of conversation and celebration. Performance from 1:30pm (15 minute duration)

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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…

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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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11:00 am — 12:00 pm

08 May — 08 May

Artists Talks

Artist Talk with Donna Davis and special guest Prof.Darren Crayn Director Australian Tropical Herbarium

Join Artist Donna Davis and Prof. Darren Crayn, Director Australian Tropical Herbarium to discuss her exhibition' When a Tree Falls' NorthSite Contemporary Arts Invites you to walk through Donna Davis's exhibition, When a Tree Falls with the artist, discuss her artworks in concept and presentation. This playful yet reflective exhibition speaks of climate-induced flora displacement, hidden ecological players and the human; exploring imagined ecological-adaptations, ecological hierarchies and the idea of kin. The works respond to current artist-residencies embedded within state…

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12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

08 May — 08 May

Artists Talks, General Event

Artist Talk with Kate Robertson and special Guest Chief Alex Dawia

Join Artist Kate Robertson and Chief Alex Dawia to discuss her exhibition Kuna Siuwai Pokong - Medicinal plants from Siwai About this event NorthSite Contemporary Arts Invites you to walk through Kate Robertson's exhibition, Kuna Siuwai Pokong - Medicinal plants from Siwai with the artist, discuss her artworks in discuss her artworks in concept and presentation. This exhibition chronicles plants and their medicinal properties from the Siwai region of Bougainville Island, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, through photographic…

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9:00 am — 12:00 pm

19 May

Workshop

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…

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10:00 am — 3:00 pm

28 May

Workshop

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…

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June 2021

6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

15 June — 15 June

Conversations

NorthSite Panel Discussion ART + SCIENCE Communicating Climate Change

We have an exciting panel discussion available to watch today at 6pm. Tune in as we unpack the complexities in communicating climate change with a diverse panel of experts for Art + Science: Yandell Walton, Katie Chartrand, Lisa Law, Lucas Cernusak, Andy Ridley and Torres Webb. In this panel discussion, facilitated by Adam Stephens, the panel discuss climate change and unpack the messages behind Yandell Walton’s exhibition Shifting Surrounds. Art + Science - Communicating Climate Change Watch it from 6pm…

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6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

17 June — 17 June

Conversations

NorthSite Panel Discussion Examining the Art & Science behind the exhibition ‘When a Tree Falls’ by Donna Davis

Can art inform, convey and reach an audience to make a change and take action? Join the discussion and let us know your thoughts as we examine the art and science behind Donna Davis’ exhibition When a Tree Falls. A special thank you to the following panellists, sponsors and supporters for making this possible: Donna Davis @ecoart_dd – Independent Artist | Exhibition 'When a Tree Falls' Professor Darren Crayn – Director, Australian Tropical Herbarium Dr Amy Zanne – George Washington…

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July 2021

10:30 am — 12:30 pm

01 July — 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
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