I am the jellyfish; I am not the jellyfish

Words: Douglas Rushkoff

By calling this collection of exhibitions “Future Nostalgia”, Charlotte Haywood and her collaborators playfully yet soulfully suggest that we might not realize what we’ve got til it’s gone.

In some cases, a natural, paradisal subject or landscape finds itself intruded with the sounds of civilization, as if in the anticipation of its own demise. In others, the human contribution is no less a part of the landscape as the rest of nature: an equal celebrant and plaintiff at the passage of time and inevitable loss. But these are just the obvious narratives, imposed by an observer’s brain desperate to interpret these emergent phenomena through the lens of a traditional story.

On a deeper level, however—on a more daring, dangerous, yet delightful level—Future Nostalgia forces us to transcend the paralyzing dialectic of climate change and the potential horrors of human impact on nature. Instead, we are reminded of the immensity of geologic time, the inevitable cycles of life, and the sweet, silly punctuation that human experience and intentionality interject into the greater swirl of nature.

These works invite us to consider our place among the leaves, shells, jellyfish, plants and seeds. Are we just part of the dance of matter and life, complexity and decay, entanglement and release? Must we accept our essential meaninglessness to achieve a rapproachment with the rest of life? Or do we bring purpose and forethought, design and desire into the mix? What makes wood into “chair,” and who besides a potential human sitter knows this has even happened?

Does our ability to observe and reflect upon the swirl guarantee us unique privilege among the many forms? In spite of our innumerable crimes against nature and pretty much every other living -or formerly living -species, don’t we hold a special place as thinking, observing, singing, and dancing human beings?

Does our need to confess and mourn absolve us of even some portion of our guilt? Or what about simple humor? Doesn’t our ability to identify and laugh, to be silly and clever, to recognize a bunny in woven straw or to re-invent the orchid as mycelia merit some recognition of specialness and selfhood?

How will we be remembered, and how will we remember ourselves? Will we be nostalgic for that moment in evolutionary history when we thought ourselves to be unique among earthlings? Or will we simply be nostalgic for our long lost ability to recognize ourselves in the patterns of nature? Will we remember what it was like to experience ourselves in solidarity with all living things? Or will we be obsessed with our former ability to imagine and believe in our own separateness?

Or given our current trajectory, must we do all that remembering and reminiscing right now, both pre-mourning and pre-celebrating a past we will not live long enough to look back on? Perhaps. But I prefer to take a different message from Future Nostalgia: While times are hard and our separation from the cycles of nature may appear to be irrevocable, we will one day retrieve the social, cultural, and spiritual mechanisms of our indigenous ancestors—finally reconciling our place within nature with our inherent alienation as self-aware beings.

Positive futurism, then, is a practice of looking ahead while also bringing forward the past into that imaginary. And while that would likely induce a sense of vertigo in the time traveller, the grounded human artist experiences it instead as more of an emotional mobius strip: a nostalgia for what has yet to be.

Douglas Rushkoff is an American media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist, and documentarian. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture and his advocacy of open-source solutions to social problems.

Rushkoff is most frequently regarded as a media theorist and is known for coining terms and concepts including viral media (or media virus), digital native, and social currency.

Rushkoff is currently Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at the City University of New York, Queens College. He has previously lectured at The New School University in Manhattan[5] and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts, where he created the Narrative Lab.[6] In 2012, Rushkoff was declared the sixth most influential thinker in the world by MIT Technology Review.



Planetary Gestures travels to Melbourne

Planetary Gestures was exhibited at NorthSite Contemporary Arts earlier this year. Curated by Tess Maunder, the exhibition explores ideas surrounding ecological systems, ancient knowledge, celestial blueprints and tidal movements across the land, sea and sky known as Australasia, part of the wider Asia­-Pacific and the ‘Great Ocean’. The exhibition includes work by artists Amrita Hepi, Susie Losch, Raqs Media Collective, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jimmy John Thaiday and Trevor Yeung.

We’re thrilled to see Planetary Gestures touring to Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre in Dandenong, Melbourne. The opening preview is this Saturday, 23 September from 2PM-4PM with the exhibition running until 3 November 2023.

Location: Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Cnr Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 12pm – 4pm
Exhibition runs from 26 SEPTEMBER 2023 until 3 NOVEMBER 2023



Careers: Programs Coordinator



Position title: Programs Coordinator
Category of employment: Permanent, full-time
Salary: $65,000 per annum, plus superannuation
Locations: NorthSite Contemporary Arts (96 Abbott St Cairns 4870) and
NorthSite Art Studios (55 Greenslopes St Edge Hill 4870)
Closing date: 5PM, Tuesday October 3, 2023



NorthSite puts artists at the centre of everything we do.

  • We cultivate and champion art production, practice and culture in Tropical North Queensland.
  • We create opportunities for artists to realise and present exciting ideas.
  • We bring artists and audiences together, stimulate conversation, and provide transformative experiences.
  • We adhere to best-practice standards of arts governance and operations, which we continually review and improve.
  • We are committed to growing social wellbeing, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability for the organisation, the arts sector and communities more broadly.


The Programs Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of NorthSite Contemporary Arts’ public programs and studios.

The role is focused on the delivery of programs that enhance access, engagement and understanding of NorthSite’s exhibitions at Bulmba-ja (96 Abbott Street); providing professional development opportunities for North Queensland arts workers; and coordinating a program of workshops, residencies, and printmaking initiatives at NorthSite Art Studios (55 Greenslopes Street).


The Programs Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Development and delivery of NorthSite public programs.
  • Facilitate and deliver talks, educational tours, events, and panel discussions.
  • Develop and deliver public learning programs to wide target audiences.
  • Management of NorthSite Art Studios, including volunteer rostering, studio coordination, WH&S, key and training registers and building maintenance schedules.
  • Maintain and update NorthSite Art Studios procedures manual and documentation.
  • Delivery of programs associated with NorthSite exhibitions in partnership with colleagues including the Artistic Director, Curator and Events/Content Producer.
  • Deliver programs to enhance relationships with members, sponsors and patrons to promote NorthSite and further its aims in the arts and broader communities.
  • Develop systems for scheduling and managing a range of activities involving various parties.
  • Attract sponsorship and in-kind support for activities.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to document and draft content for social media posts, promotions, and news articles.
  • Seek project funding and manage individual program budgets.
  • Provide statistical data and qualitative reporting for grant and funding acquittals.
  • Schedule programs associated with gallery exhibitions.
  • Maintain strong relationships with educational partners, teachers, and current students to deliver relevant extensions to coursework and professional development pathways at the gallery.
  • When required, provide support to exhibition preparation, installation, and openings.
  • Order materials and equipment, in line with NorthSite purchasing policies and budgetary requirements.
  • Ensure safe workspaces and stock at NorthSite Art Studios.
  • Maintain equipment and artwork inventories equipment and paper registers and monitor stock levels.
  • Coordinate offsite workshops, including engagement of external facilitators and tutors and programs, material supplies, maintenance, security and access to building, advertising, bookings, budgets, and financial records.
  • Undertake safe-handling and storage of artworks, in particular works on paper.
  • Develop and implement professional development programs including symposia, interdisciplinary festivals, conferences, residences, special projects, and consultancies.
  • Carry out other duties as required.


Essential Criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment and experience in related roles, with:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines, self-motivated and takes initiative.
  • Experience working with artists and studio environments, and an understanding of the sector, best-practice models with demonstrated achievement in art, craft, events, design, service, music, or publishing industry.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of a team to meet deadlines and manage weekly priorities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the visual contemporary arts industry and ability to articulate important issues relating to the arts and culture.
  • Planning, development, and delivery of public programs, including statistical reporting of programs.
  • Experience in safe handling of artworks and studio materials.
  • Project management skills, including financial management and contracts.
  • Ability to maintain databases.
  • Knowledge of all-ability and diversity access principles, high cultural competency.
  • Precise attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.

Desirable Criteria

Experience with and interest in:

  • Installation including technical equipment, data projectors and sound equipment.
  • Printmaking.
  • Archiving, research, and the ability to undertake long-range planning.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Computer systems, software integrations and applications including Microsoft Office, Filemaker Pro, Trello, Hubspot, Vend, Humanitix and Adobe.


  • Reports to the NorthSite Artistic Director.
  • Internal liaisons – NorthSite Board of Directors and NorthSite staff (including: Executive Administrator, Curator, Communications Officer, Retail Manager, Gallery Officer, Events and Content Producer), volunteers, studio technicians, facilitators, and other Bulmba-ja tenants.
  • External liaisons – artists, workshop participants, patrons to the galleries, program participants, community, government, and industry stakeholders.


Download the Position Description document to ensure you meet the criteria. Provide the information outlined in the Position Description document (CV and cover letter) and click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application.

Closing date: 5PM, Tuesday October 3, 2023





Careers: Retail Assistant



Position title: Retail Assistant
Category of employment: Permanent, part-time
Renumeration: $26.18/hour weekdays; $32.73/hour Saturdays.
Hours: 4 weekdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (with 30 min break) + Saturday 8:45 am – 1:15 pm
Number of ordinary hours per week (average): 32.5 hours (including 4.5 hours on Saturdays)
Locations: NorthSite Contemporary Arts (96 Abbott Street, Cairns City, 4870)
Closing date: 5PM, Tuesday October 3, 2023



NorthSite puts artists at the centre of everything we do.

  • We cultivate and champion art production, practice and culture in Tropical North Queensland.
  • We create opportunities for artists to realise and present exciting ideas.
  • We bring artists and audiences together, stimulate conversation, and provide transformative experiences.
  • We adhere to best-practice standards of arts governance and operations, which we continually review and improve.
  • We are committed to growing social wellbeing, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability for the organisation, the arts sector / communities more broadly.


Reporting to the CEO/ Executive Director and Gallery Store Manager, the Retail Assistant supports retail activities, both in-gallery and online, as well as the daily operations of the NorthSite Store, situated at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, Cairns.

The role is primarily tasked with the stocking, display and promotion of retail products at NorthSite Contemporary Arts.

Key tasks involve maintaining the NorthSite online and retail channels prudently and efficiently with knowledge and respect for artistic conventions.

The role contributes to achieving revenue targets and attracting repeat visitation and sales, while providing excellent customer and artist services. We aim to deliver memorable visitor experiences synonymous with the NorthSite Contemporary Arts vision.

The NorthSite Retail Assistant works with other staff to deliver associated marketing and promotions, while overseeing store maintenance, stock consignments, procurement, visual merchandising, and sales reporting.

The NorthSite Store operates on a social enterprise model, with all income going to artists and invested back, offsetting the cost of gallery operations and programs.

This is a 4 day per week position requiring a highly organized person to balance customer service demands, meet financial targets, and maintain shop administration and visitation reporting responsibilities align with the strategic objectives of the organisation and support the NorthSite vision, purpose, and values.


The Retail Assistant is responsible for:

  • Assisting operation of the NorthSite Store at its physical location and NorthSite Online Store.
  • Undertaking sales, packing orders, arranging freight and distributing goods in a timely manner.
  • Organising the weekly postal drop for online orders and following up on client correspondence.
  • Working towards sales targets.
  • Visual merchandising, displays and promotions.
  • Documentation and photography of artworks and retail items and upload/maintenance of online channels.
  • Keeping inventory lists and PoS systems (Vend & Shopify) correctly updated and monitoring stock levels.
  • Assisting in updating consignment contracts for an ever-evolving, high-quality, curated range of art, craft, design relevant to the local, national and tourist market.
  • Growing the NorthSite membership base.
  • Supporting new licensing initiatives and wholesale of unique merchandise ranges.
  • Collaboration with artists and staff for effective operation of special events such as CIAF (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair) and pop-up retail for artistic and tourism events.
  • Shop activities that promote a strong public face and advocacy for NorthSite’s vision, purposes and values.
  • Capturing of visitor data and feedback.
  • Maintaining co-operative working relationships with NorthSite staff, Board, volunteers, project partners, members, building tenants and other stakeholders.
  • Ensuring the delivery of a high standard of customer service to all visitors and members.
  • Supporting the Gallery Store Manager to set and achieve shared goals as a team.
  • Assisting customers with all purchase enquiries.
  • Promoting current and upcoming exhibitions and artists.


Essential criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment and experience in related roles, with:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a relevant retail role.
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with driving sales and operations to meet targets.
  • Experience in maintaining stock control and inventories, cash handling and daily transaction reconciliations.
  • High level written and verbal communication skills and computer (iMac) literacy.
  • Precise attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • A ‘good eye’ for composition, visual merchandising and design, and appreciation for artistic production and techniques.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as part of a team and under pressure to meet deadlines and manage weekly priorities.
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to manage workflow and provide updates to Gallery Retail Manager and CEO/Executive Director.


Experience with and interest in:

  • C Class driver’s license.
  • An understanding of the arts sector and demonstratable knowledge and passion for art, craft and design.
  • Experience working in a small business.
  • Experience with photography, strategic marketing, communications and social media.
  • Experience with software systems and integrations (Lightspeed, Shopify, Trello, Filemaker Pro, Mac and Microsoft Office suite).


  • Reports to the NorthSite Artistic Director.
  • Internal liaisons – NorthSite Board of Directors and NorthSite staff (including: Executive Administrator, Curator, Communications Officer, Retail Manager, Gallery Officer, Events and Content Producer), volunteers, studio technicians, facilitators, and other Bulmba-ja tenants.
  • External liaisons – artists, workshop participants, patrons to the galleries, program participants, community, government, and industry stakeholders.


Download the Position Description document to ensure you meet the key selection criteria. Provide the information outlined in the Position Description document (CV and cover letter) and click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application.

Closing date: 5PM, Tuesday October 3, 2023





Artists’ Residency

NorthSite will host four senior artists from Moa Arts during a month-long residency at NorthSite Art Studios. David Bosun, Solomon Booth, Fiona Mosby and Paula Savage will be participating in a series of intensive printmaking sessions through September and October 2023 to develop new works.

During the residency, these four senior artists will be preparing new works for an exhibition at Tarnanthi in Adelaide later this year as well as two international exhibitions planned for 2024 and 2025. This is an exciting time for these artists who are looking forward to getting into the print studio alongside Moa Arts long-term printmaking facilitator Dian Darmansjah from Firebox Studios.

This year David Bosun, Solomon Booth, Fiona Mosby and Paula Savage displayed work in the CIAF2023 satellite exhibition ‘Malu Bardthar Dapar | Sea Land Sky’ at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. We’re excited to welcome them into NorthSite Art Studios and continue to follow their success.

2023 Queensland Regional Art Awards

The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland hosted by Flying Arts Alliance.

This year the highly anticipated regional art awards offer a record prize pool of over $140,000. The theme for the 2023 QRAA is Perspective, calling artists to enter work which considers the concept of perspective in its many facets, viewpoints and nuances. The theme plays on a term known in the visual arts and relevant to our modern society, reflecting different individual and collective viewpoints and opinions, stemming from varying life-experiences, perceptions, understandings, memories and emotions. Flying Arts Alliance is looking for stimulating entries that address this broad concept through the visual arts and share story-telling that extends notions of individual and collective perspective.

Call for Entries

The 2023 Queensland Regional Art Awards are now open, with artists from across Queensland living outside the Brisbane City Council boundary encouraged to apply for the prestigious visual arts competition.

Click Here to Enter

Key Dates

11 August, 4pm AEST — Entries open
6 October, 4pm AEST — Entries close
24-29 November — Finalists exhibited at Judith Wright Arts Centre
24 November — Winners Announced at Gala Reception

Award Categories Include

‘Art for Life’ Award
Total prize pool of $40,000.

The Mervyn Moriarty Landscape Award
Total prize pool of $28,900.

First Nations Artist Award
Total prize pool of $15,000.

Remote Artist Award
Total prize pool of $15,000.

Emerging Artist Award
Total prize pool of $15,000.

Environmental Art Award
Total prize pool of $15,000.

A text based image with the text "Queensland Regional Art Awards Responding to the theme perspective. Total prize pool over $140,000 across 10 award categories. Enter Now. 2023 QRAA. Hosted by Flying Arts Alliance inc. Connecting Queensland to the arts".

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Free Studio Access, Express Your Interest!

NorthSite is excited to announce our new Studio Access Program for local Artists. The first program will launch at the end of October and run until early December 2023. We welcome emerging, mid-career and established practising artists, looking for studio space, to express interest in applying for the program.

On Tuesday 12th September NorthSite, will hold an information session to answer any questions about the program.

Information Session Details
Date: Tuesday 12th September
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: NorthSite art studios – 55 Greenslopes street, Edge Hill
Join us: https://events.humanitix.com/northsite-art-studios-public-access-information-session

About the opportunity:
Free Studio Access

  • Three studio spaces: Main Studio, Print Studio and Printing Shed
  • Dates: 23 October 2023 until 5 December 2023 (first season)
  • 3hr time slots (morning/afternoon) Monday and Tuesdays
  • Location: 55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, 4870

Who can apply

  • Emerging, mid-career, and established practicing artists
  • Priority will be given to artists who have an active project


  • The artist must have their own public liability to the value of $20mil please check Nava for rates and discount insurance.
  • The artist must supply their own materials; equipment such as the printing press can be requested upon request.

Additional Information

  • There are no storage facilities available for any work to remain onsite
  • All materials and artwork you own must be removed from the site at the end of each session
  • NorthSite Art Studios is a shared co-working space
  • Successful applicants are required to undergo an induction into the studio space
  • The Printing Shed is only available on request,. and to artists that are screen printing and/or creating large scale work

If you have any further questions feel free to get in contact with programs@northsite.org.au


Claudine Marzik’s Undara Paintings

Words: Ross Searle

The opportunity to write about Claudine Marzik’s impressive art practice is indeed a pleasure. On first seeing her work I was impressed by its refined but energetic gestural mark-making that appeared to contain a language that was both familiar but unique in the way that it responded to the particularities of the ‘northern’ seasonal environment. She is perhaps best known for a series of paintings relating to the seasons which reference the dynamics of seasonal and changing weather patterns from quite subtle shifts to extreme conditions that have major impacts on the land. The sense of ‘familiarity’ I first recognised in her painterly gesture in the early 1990s no doubt relates to the influences of ‘gestural’ abstraction that found its place in American and European painting after World War II. A process and not a movement, it continues to be shaped by European artists such as Gerhard Richter and Australians Aida Tomescu, Ildiko Kovacs and of course, Claudine Marzik.

Her capacity to encapsulate the intensity of the environment of northern Australia has been noted by writers Gavin Wilson who observed; ‘her work reaches deep into her emotional reserves to construct images that suggests states of mind’1 and Ingrid Hoffman who wrote about the impact of knowing the landscape that ‘comes out of time spent discerning the morphology of plants and their distilled colour, their intricate prickliness, their smooth shapes, their grace and vulnerability’.2 This ability to zoom in and out of the landscape to see it not only in terms of its parts but also as a system that communicates an emotional state is intriguing.

Recent projects include The Body Language of Plants which came about from working with materials collected as part of herbarium specimens. The science-art nexus continues with the current exhibition.

This new body of work relates to the Undara Volcanic National Park, a unique geological site she first visited in 2017. ‘Undara’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘long way’. The park protects a system of 190,000-year-old lava tube caves, the longest in the world. Located 264 km south-west of Cairns, they are the result of an eruption, spewing molten lava over the surrounding landscape. The lava flowed rapidly down dry riverbeds with the top, outer layer cooling and forming a crust, while the molten lava below drained outwards, leaving behind a series of hollow tubes.

An almost autonomous natural ecosystem, Claudine was captivated by the cave-system of the lava tubes and the depositions on the cave ceilings and walls. Drawing ideas from earlier visits and a recent residency supported by Discovery Holiday Parks through Undara Experience, resulted in a new series of work. With each visit she took photographs and did onsite drawings, made notes, and compiled a visual lexicon of the site – an iterative process that allowed her to hone her ideas and images. In recent years, artists like Claudine have adopted a profusion of methods, practices, and experiences to enhance the interface between the visual arts and environmental-scientific concerns. In Claudine’s case, she has made an especial study of the morphology and topography of Undara.

The sensation of being in a submerged environment with its dark corners and surprising patches of light that break through the ceilings is manifested in the tonal gradients she employs in the paintings on canvas and paper for this exhibition. The palette she employs is influenced by the various minerals in the caves including basalt, iron oxide and calcium carbonate. The underlining minerals reveal tones of red, yellow, and green contrasting with the black rock basalt intrusions, the lighter toned calcium carbonate and richer iron oxide. A recurring compositional device that is used in several of the paintings is a doorway shape, as if looking out from the darkness of the cave into the light. We see this clearly in the large paintings which alternate between looking into the caves and out into the open. Claudine reflects that ‘being inside the cave looking towards the exit which can be seen about 50 meters away, is a captivating view. It releases emotions (and) it’s like a sensation of new life and hope. Back to safety, back to the known from the unknown, back to the light from the dark. Back from the cold to the warm.’3

The exhibition has been grouped to reinforce compositional ideas based on the geological forms, surface patterns, depositions, graffiti, and textures that appear on walls and ceilings. Far from being a static environment, natural formations from the speleothem deposits continue to accumulate to form subtle new layers not unlike some of the paintings which are worked and layered like strata. Some of the artworks are tightly framed views of the deposition of minerals on the tube walls and ceiling as if looking through a photographic lens which at once makes everything equally comparable without a reference point.

Undara is the perfect place for her to test new approaches to the landscape. In Claudine’s hands her artworks possess a tight undulant pattern reminiscent of natural surfaces found in this unique landscape. The effect of this is to make the texture not only closer to that of the actual cave surfaces but also to overcome of what Gerhard Richter suggests is the over importance of edges and borders; to make everything equal and allow the viewer’s brain to impose its own structure on the artwork.4 Her way of working at Undara was to create sets of visual references and once in the studio this material was used to create this series of works that reference her macro-micro responses to surface textures, dramatic geological intrusions, and mineral accretions. Although some works contain a complex layering of paint pattern and form, in general there is a looseness in the shapes and forms and a more free, spontaneous approach.5 It is a thrilling body of work.

Words: Ross Searle

1 Gavin Wilson, Country and western landscape re-imagined, exhibition catalogue, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 2015, p 40.
2 Ingrid Hoffman, Seed to seed, exhibition catalogue, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2012.
3 Claudine Marzik email to author, 7 August 2023
4 Misha Ketchell, Nature makes abstract visual art more captivating. The conversation, March 25, 2014
5 Claudine Marzik, ibid


Artists’ selected for Cairns Festival ‘Reef Lights’

Part of Cairns Festival 2023, ‘Reef Lights – Where The Rainforest Meets The Reef‘ will illuminate the Cairns Esplanade from this Friday (25 August) until Sunday 3 September showing from 6.30pm – 10.00pm each night.

NorthSite was thrilled to assist in selecting Artists from Far North Queensland to be part of the outdoor light show for 2023. A special congratulations to all the incredible Artists’ involved: Leanne Hardy, Brian Robinson, Billy Missi, Robert Tommy Pau, Gertie Tomsana, Betty Sykes, Elverina Johnson, Joel Sam, Margaret Mara, Matilda Nona and Peter B Morrison.

Reef Lights – Where The Rainforest Meets The Reef‘ is an immersive outdoor light experience inspired by the unique tropical environment of Far North Queensland. Guests will experience a ‘watershow’ with lasers and lights at the Cairns Lagoon, a myriad of artworks projected along the footpaths and enchanting soundscapes.


Reef Lights is a project by Cairns Regional Council and Laservision. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program. This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

An artwork projected on the floor with a person standing in the background. Projected lights are blue and green.

Joel Sam’s artwork projection for Reef Lights. Image courtesy of Laservision.

First Nations Printmaking Program in Cairns

Red fabric with grey leaves printed on top and more plants printed in white over the top.

SpotFire is a NorthSite program that provides facilities for emerging and established First Nations Artists to plan, develop and produce fine art prints on paper and fabric. Held every Friday at NorthSite Art Studios in Cairns, this program provides access to a professional studio space, equipment, materials and expertise from a range of experienced facilitators.

Participating Artists are encouraged to use the weekly sessions to develop new work, or further develop skills and techniques, supported by the program facilitator. SpotFire is facilitated by master printmaker Theo Tremblay and supported by artists and printmakers Robert Tommy Pau and Hannah Parker.

The program first started in February 2023 and we continue to welcome First Nations printmakers to participate in this year’s program. For more information and to register your interest in joining SpotFire reach out to Katrina Iosia: programs@northsite.org.au or call 0740509494.


Join SpotFire


A man holding a print screen on a table and two women on the other side of the table

Hannah Parker, Ruth Saveka and Paul Bong working at NorthSite Art Studio.

A group of people stand around a printing table looking at artworks.

NorthSite Art Studio, 2023. Program talks with Robert Tommy Pau and Theo Tremblay.

A women wearing blue gloves and holding a brush.

Kassandra Savage working at NorthSite Art Studios, 2023.

SpotFire has received funding through Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.