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NorthSite is the place to experience dynamic contemporary art and meet the thinkers & makers.

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May 2021

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

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 panelists, sponsors, and supporters for making this possible: Donna Davis– Independent Artist | Exhibition 'When a Tree Falls' Professor Darren Crayn – Director, Australian Tropical Herbarium Dr Amy Zanne – George Washington University Adjunct…

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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

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 — 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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10:00 am — 1:00 pm

25 September — 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…

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