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February 2022

11:00 am — 1:00 pm

19 February — 19 February

Artists Talks, Conversations, General Event, Opening Event, Performance

Never So Visible and Deep North EXHIBITION OPENINGS at NorthSite

NorthSite Contemporary Arts presents two photographic exhibitions: 'Never So Visible' curated by PCPA and 'Deep North' by Matthew Stanton. Join us at NorthSite at Bulmba-ja for the opening of two spectacular photographic exhibitions. This will be the premiere for Never So Visible. This exhibition, curated by Pacific Center for Photographic Arts (PCPA), proposes the importance of personal experience and investigation in photography through the inclusion of six visual artists working with the medium. Deep North, by Matthew Stanton, examines the…

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2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

19 February — 19 February

Artists Talks, Conversations, General Event

EOI Deeply Visible: Artists & Curators Panel Discussion – LIVE AUDIENCE

We talk with Vic Bulmer, Matthew Stanton, Sean Davey, Aishah Kenton & Spiro Miralis about the new photography exhibitions at NorthSite. RSVP to indicate your interest to participate in our upcoming filmed panel discussion as an audience member. Limited seats are available. Hear from Matthew Stanton (artist) and Vic Bulmer (head ecologist Djunbunji Rangers), and artists/curators Sean Davey & Aishah Kenton and Spiro Miralis in an intimate 1 hr discussion and Q&A, hosted by NorthSite gallery Director Ashleigh Campbell. Visit…

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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…

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10:00 am — 4:00 pm

22 February — 22 February

Workshop

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…

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10:00 am — 1:30 pm

26 February — 26 February

Conversations, General Event

Ecology of the Redlynch Valley with Matthew Stanton and Peter Stanton

Experience a renewed perspective of the Redlynch Valley with photographer Matthew Stanton and his father, ecologist Peter Stanton PSM. Mini-van ecological tour of the Redlynch Valley. Sit back, listen in, and travel on a progressive tour, experiencing landscapes and gaining insights and knowledge of the ecology of the Redlynch Valley with Deep North photographer Matthew Stanton and his father, ecologist Peter Stanton PSM. In this 3 hr guided tour, the pair will highlight key species in the landscape to share…

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10:00 am — 2:00 pm

27 February — 27 February

Workshop

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…

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9:00 am — 12:00 pm

28 February — 28 February

General Event

Half Day Eco Tour – Mandingalbay Yidinji Country.

Join the NorthSite team, Matthew Stanton & the Djunbunji Land and Sea Rangers for a half-day eco-tourism experience on Mandingalbay Yidinji Country. Tour Information Imagine – gliding across Trinity Inlet past tethered yachts and wetlands into the expanse of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef region. In the distance, rainforest clad mountains soar – today’s destination. Turn up Hills Creek, where salty sea and mountain freshwaters meet, arriving to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. After a short…

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March 2022

11:00 am — 1:00 pm

19 March — 19 March

Opening Event

‘See What I See’ OPENING

Join us at NorthSite at Bulmba-ja for the exhibition opening of See What I See by Nerelle Nicol. Nerelle is a cultural consultant and artist, with cultural heritage of Juru Birri-Gubba people of Bowen/Ayr region in North Queensland & Erubam Le, Ugaram Le peoples of Erub and Ugar Islands, Eastern Torres Strait. She was born and raised in Mossman on Kuku Yalanji Country and lives and works in Cairns on the homelands of the Yidinji and Djabugay people. 11:00 AM…

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April 2022

7:00 pm — 11:00 pm

29 April — 29 April

Opening Event

SOUNDED OUT: Art Party

Join us at NorthSite at Bulmba-ja for the opening night of two contemporary multi-form exhibitions. Wish You Were Here by Kellie O’Dempsey and the touring exhibition Material Sound curated by Caleb Kelly. Cocktails by Wolf Lane distillery. 7pm | Doors Open 7.20pm | Welcome to Country - Minjil tri-nations ceremonial performance 7.50pm | Curator's Exhibition Tour - walk-through installations in the main gallery and hear about the concepts behind the art. 8.20 pm | Peter Blamey performance - Material Sound…

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Artworks from the exhibition Wish You Were Here by Kellie O'Dempsey and Material Sound curated by Caleb Kelly

June 2022

5:30 pm — 8:00 pm

17 June

General Event

Gathering Closing Event

Celebrate this culture-based community collaboration alongside facilitators Elverina Johnson and Francoise Lane. Join us at NorthSite at Bulmba-ja for the closing event of Gathering led by Elverina Johnson of Paperbark Arts and Francoise Lane of Indij Design. Where: Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns City When: 5:30PM GET TICKETS   Gathering is a culture-based community collaboration, led by leading local artists Elverina Johnson and Francoise Lane. View Exhibition

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