Exhibition Season 2 Overview

NorthSite Contemporary Arts’ 2024 exhibition program celebrates the breadth and diversity of practice in Far North Queensland, in dialogue with artists who have strong connections to the region.

Our second season for 2024 will include:

Anastasia Klose – For thy sake I in love am grown – Drawings, video and performance responding to the Mossman-based artist’s involvement in the campaign to save the rapidly diminishing biodiversity of far north Queensland.

Annika Harding – Flux and Fog – Landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands – Paintings on reclaimed timbers exploring the landscapes around the artist’s Atherton Tablelands home.

Naomi Evans – I AM – Textiles by the Cairns-based emerging artist, serving as a powerful meditation on individual agency in reshaping our own narrative.

Alex Baird Murphy – Magic Compass – Paintings that draw on the artist’s Kuku Yalanji heritage, his interest in music, graffiti, and the urban environment.



ANASTASIA KLOSE For thy sake I in love am grown

ANNIKA HARDING Flux and Fog: Landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands





Exhibition Opening – Season 2

Artist Talks – Season 2

Workshop The Ancient art of Applique with Naomi Evans

Workshop — Painting an experience of place with Annika Harding

Careers: Communications Coordinator



Position title: Communications Coordinator
Category of employment: Permanent, full-time
Salary: $63,500 per annum, plus superannuation
Locations: NorthSite Contemporary Arts (Bulmba-ja, 96 Abbott St Cairns 4870)
Closing date: 5PM, Wednesday 10 April, 2024

NorthSite Contemporary Arts seeks a Communications Coordinator to contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of NorthSite’s Marketing Plan, providing a roadmap for communicating our organisation and the artists we work with.



NorthSite Contemporary Arts (formerly KickArts) is a leading arts organisation with a 30-year history of exhibiting exemplary art and supporting contemporary artists in Far North Queensland. The organisation has a fundamental role in ensuring the advancement of contemporary art in Cairns and greater North Queensland, through the on-going development, delivery and promotion of exhibitions, programs, events and provision of artistic services.


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
• 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, environmental
sustainability for the organisation, the arts sector and communities more broadly.



Reporting to the Artistic Director, the NorthSite Communications Coordinator is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of the not-for-profit arts company’s communications and promotions. The position will contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of NorthSite’s Marketing Plan, providing a roadmap for communicating our organisation and the artists we work with.

The role is primarily tasked with maintaining the NorthSite communications schedule, databases, website, and
provision of engaging information for artists, members, visitors, and the general public.

This involves graphic design work, creation and distribution of media releases and mailouts, program listings, social media content and advertising to audiences, as well as compiling content related to exhibitions, programs and the NorthSite Store and Studios.

The position communicates NorthSite’s exhibitions, programs and retail channels through engaging and innovative approaches, with respect for artistic output, observing crediting and copyright conventions.

The Communications Coordinator will work closely with colleagues to plan seasonal communications that promote the activities of the organisation and associated artists. This includes signage, publications, and information for marketing and promotional purposes. The position works as part of a dynamic team to create memorable online and onsite visitor experiences, synonymous with NorthSite Contemporary Arts’ vision.

The Communications Coordinator liaises with colleagues and collates statistics and information across various channels for regular Board and stakeholder reporting. The successful candidate will be proficient in writing for different audiences and will adapt approved curatorial content for various platforms and channels. The position is also responsible for the layout and design the Annual Report.

The Communications Coordinator will contribute to NorthSite’s Perspectives blog and engage external writers grow the critical discourse around contemporary artistic practice in the region.

The Communications Coordinator must prioritize a range of internal and external deadlines, and balance various duties of the role, ultimately enhancing the visitor experience and increase revenue through NorthSite Store and programs.



The NorthSite Communications Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Delivery of accurate information and consistent communications within brand guidelines
  • Providing high level of service and information to the public, NorthSite members, volunteers and artists
  • Providing high level assistance to the Artistic Director and CEO through a range of marketing, communications, funding and branding task
  • Guiding the next iteration of the of NorthSite Marketing Plan, including promotion of the NorthSite Store and NorthSite Art Studios to benefit and raise the profile of FNQ artists and generate sales
  • Developing innovating ways to communicate NorthSite exhibitions, programs and events, in consultation with program partners.
  • Delivering regular e-news bulletins
  • Monitoring use of NorthSite branding by partners and provision of required logo and branding content
  • Managing the NorthSite website and NorthSite store online platform, social media accounts, online booking pages, ensuring an active and positive online presence across all channels
  • Researching and developing media contacts and updating records and networks
  • Adapting approved written communications to correct format for wide distribution and promotion of NorthSite exhibitions, programs, and events
  • Developing press releases and other media communications for increased publicity and exposure
  • Compiling online, print communications and advertising statistics and analyzing visitor comments and feedback, for evaluation and reporting
  • Graphic design using the broad conventions in the NorthSite Brand Manual
  • Producing signage and labels for gallery exhibitions, retail displays and programs promotions
  • Providing necessary statistical and contact update information for reporting and administrative
    purposes including content management, design and distribution of Annual Report
  • Maintaining, developing, and monitoring accurate databases, mailing lists and subscriptions for design,
    storage and image management software
  • Managing files and images, documentation of projects and upholding copyright conventions
  • Collating content and designing publications, including annual reports, exhibition publications and
    acquisition proposals
  • Contributing to achieving the NorthSite 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, ensuring all activities and actions
    support the strategic plan, mission, and objectives of NorthSite
  • Representing the organisation at industry events and liaising with a range of stakeholders
  • Carry out other duties within their skill range as required



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

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing and editing for a range of audiences
  • Knowledge and experience of marketing and promotion principles and their effective application in small to medium cultural organisations
  • Proficiency with software applications including Microsoft Office 365, Filemaker Pro, Trello, Hubspot, Vend, and Adobe
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines, is self-motivated and takes initiative
  • Project management skills, including financial management and contracts
  • Experience in collating and analysing data and statistics
  • Ability to maintain websites (WordPress) and databases
  • Precise attention to detail and commitment to accuracy



Experience with and interest in:

  • Contemporary art
  • Small to medium organisations and the not-for-profit sector
  • Membership programs



  • Reports to the NorthSite Artistic Director
  • Internal liaisons – NorthSite Board of Directors, CEO, Executive Administrator, Curator, Programs
    Coordinator, Retail Manager, Gallery Officer, Printmaking Coordinator, volunteers, , facilitators, and
    other Bulmba-ja tenants
  • External liaisons – artists, galleries, writers, arts publications, local and national media, suppliers



Download the Position Description document to ensure you meet the criteria.

Please provide a current CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (max. 3 pages) by email to:
Hamish Sawyer
Artistic Director, NorthSite Contemporary Arts ad@northsite.org.au.

Closing date: 5PM, Wednesday April 10, 2024





Dream Big: Emerging Creatives Lab

The ‘Dream Big: Emerging Creative Lab’ by Flame.Arts is only a week away. This session will focus on personal branding and raising your profile with seasoned industry professionals.

NorthSite’s Communication Officer, Jamie Clarke will be presenting alongside musician LT (Leanne Tennant) and Angelo Saliba with Anthea Saliba from Bang Media.

If you’re an emerging creative dreaming of making it in the arts join this free interactive session.

Price: Free
When: Thursday, 21 March 2024
Duration: 6pm-8pm
Location: Tank 4, Tanks Arts Centre | 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870


Facilitator: Sharon Timms (Creative Life, Cairns Regional Council)
Presenters: LT (Leanne Tennant, Musician), Angelo Saliba and Anthea Saliba (Bang Media) and Jamie Clarke (NorthSite Contemporary Arts)

Selina Kudo | Australian Photobook Awards

Ahead of the Photobook workshop this Saturday, Cairns-based Artist Selina Kudo has been shortlisted for the 2024 Australian & New Zealand Photobook Awards.

Facilitated by Photo Collective in partnership with Photo Australia the 2024 Australian & New Zealand Photobook Awards will be announced on the 23rd of March, 2024 at the Photobook Weekend as part of the PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography in Melbourne. All shortlisted photobooks will be on display including Selina’s Photobook ‘As I Was Searching [For Another]’.

Congratulations Selina!


Workshop in Cairns | Selina Kudo: Moments in Monochrome

Exhibition at NorthSite | Selina Kudo: Conversations with My Barista (Real or Imagined)

2024 Australian and New Zealand Photobook Awards

Photo Collective

As I Was Searching [For Another] | Bad News Books

The Back and Front cover of a photobook with gold writing. On the front is the text 'Selina Kudo' and the back 'As I Was Searching [For Another]' and 'Bad News Books'

Image courtesy the artist.

Upcoming Film and Workshop

It is the final month of our first exhibition season and to celebrate we have the feature documentary film screening ‘Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us’ and a fantastic photobook workshop by exhibiting Artist Selina Kudo.

Delve into the story of Cairns-based Artist Geoff Dixon in the feature documentary film ‘Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us’. Geoff’s vibrant paintings and sculptures transport us into another time and place whilst reflecting on the impact of human life and technology on the natural world. The film will take you on an adventure of Geoff’s life grounded in love and friendship.

Director of Photography, Russell Milledge, was instrumental in establishing the studio and location footage with Geoff Dixon, Arone Meeks and Euan Macleod over the two years of research and film production on this feature documentary.

Book your tickets today and be transported into the intimate portrait of the life, love, and friendships of Artist Geoff Dixon.

Time and Date: 1PM — 3PM, Saturday 16th March
Venue: NorthSite at Bulmba-ja, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns City
Tickets: https://northsite.org.au/event/geoff-dixon-portraits-of-us/

As part of Selina Kudo’s latest photography exhibition at NorthSite we invite you to experience her photobook workshop, ‘Moments in Monochrome’. In this two-part workshop, you’ll unlock the artistry within your everyday moments and be immersed in the world of storytelling through photography. Together, we’ll weave these unique narratives into a collective work—a mini photobook that combines the shared stories of our diverse perspectives.

Meet like-minded people and explore your creativity in this fantastic workshop.

Part 1: Saturday 16th March. 10am – 12pm
Part 2: Wednesday 27th March. 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tickets: https://events.humanitix.com/moments-in-monochrome-crafting-stories-with-disposable-camera-diptychs-part-1

Film Screening Tickets | Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us

Photobook Workshop Tickets | Moments in Monochrome

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A photograph of a man wearing a blue button up shirt and glasses. Behind him is a vibrant painting.

Geoff Dixon. Photo: Cristina Bevilacqua

A black and white photograph of 4 books stacked and a camera and Polaroid on-top of the books.

Image courtesy of Selina Kudo.

IWD | Pressing Topics

This International Women’s Day (IWD) we are celebrating the incredible powerhouse duo, The Ironing Maidens.

The Ironing Maidens, led by Cairns-based Artists Melania Jack and Patty Preece, is an experimental art duo turning domestic objects into electronic instruments to explore themes of gender, domestic labour and technology. In 2022, The Ironing Maidens presented their exhibition ‘Pressing Topics‘ in the NorthSite galleries at Bulmba-ja.

This multi-media installation of projection, sculpture, digital collage, video and sound was a low fi wonderland that smashed pink, Pop and the industrial into a new and playful aesthetic. The work disrupts the ideal proposition of the perfect housewife or the perfect domestic worker and aims to elevate and confront historical and ongoing contemporary issues of discrimination in the domestic labour force.

More recently, The Ironing Maidens have delivered the immersive and interactive performance experience ‘Hot & Heavy’: A speculative fabulation. A non-binary, de-capitalised, de-colonised, de-extinction future imagining.

Where to after NorthSite
Since presenting their exhibition ‘Pressing Topics‘ at NorthSite, The Ironing Maidens work has been presented at IWD Canada – Victoria Society of the Arts in 2023. Later this year they will be exhibiting at ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art) in Meanjin / Brisbane.

View the ‘Pressing Topics’ Exhibition at NorthSite

Visit The Ironing Maidens

Pressing Topics. An installation by The Ironing Maidens.

NGURRUWARRA/ DERNDERNYIN: Stone Fish Traps Of The Wellesley Islands

The exhibition catalogue from ‘NGURRUWARRA/ DERNDERNYIN: Stone Fish Traps Of The Wellesley Islands’ is available to download from the link below.



Fish traps are central to Kaiadilt, Lardil, Yangkaal and Gangalidda culture, story and very identity.

Fish traps are a key element of material culture shared across the Wellesley Islands region.

This mammoth Ngurruwarra/Derndernyin canvas is a celebration of culture, story and relationship across the seas, lands and skies of the Traditional Owner communities throughout the Wellesley Islands region.

The artwork is a collaboration between ten Kaiadilt, Lardil and Gangalidda artists working together across a massive 20-metre-long by 2-metre-wide canvas. Each artist painted multiple sections of the canvas, with artists negotiating with each other to ensure continuity of story across contiguous elements of the canvas.

Between them, the artists are custodians of intimate knowledge of Country. The most senior Kaiadilt artists of the work, for example, were amongst the last coastal Aboriginal people to be institutionalised in Australia, being forcibly removed from Bentinck Island to a European Mission on Mornington Island in 1948.

One of the first things the Kaiadilt community did when they arrived on Mornington Island was to build their own fish trap near their camp, which is still visible in the intertidal zone in front of the
Kuba Natha Hostel.

This artwork was commissioned by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) to celebrate the relationships between Traditional Owners and researchers working on Country.

The artists dedicate this artwork to the late brilliant Dibirdibi Elsie Gabori, who passed away after the work was completed. She is sorely missed.



A person holds a catalogue with the text ' Ngurruwarra/ Derndernyin' on the front cover

Photographer: Cristina Bevilacqua

Mixed Grill event recap

Earlier this year, NorthSite hosted the one-night micro-festival event, Mixed Grill, produced by The 5Five collective.

Mixed Grill closed the collectives exhibition in Gallery 2, ’other’, and was a live performance-based extension of the thematic framework of this exhibition.

‘other’ curator and Mixed Grill creative producer Nicholas Mills, worked with the The 5Five collective and the NorthSite team, to produce a diverse ‘ensemble’ night of experimental performance, new music and sound art, queer cabaret and visual media, critical yarns and DJ culture.

The exhibiting ‘other artists’, Roderick Newbury, Tegan Koster, Doula, Fletcher Glover, and John De Satge, were joined on the night by performance artists Rebecca Youdell, Jay Wymarra, Paul Barron, Rob Eakin, Derryn Knuckey and File_Error, and Calling to Country by Djabugay cultural leader Dennis Hunter.

Mixed Grill is a moving feast: activated performance spaces were enabled throughout the venue at Bulmba-ja. Punters were initially greeted at the front door and encouraged to have their picture taken in the ‘other’ booth, thus becoming part of the work ‘other is you’. DJ Whichway met the audience in the foyer with a fine selection of groove, alongside the ‘other’ exhibition and delicious food by The Toasted Goat and drinks from the Hungry Pitcher.

Two people get their photo taken inside a booth with a neon light that reads 'other'

‘other’ booth, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

A DJ setup

DJ Whichway, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

The audience were then led into Gallery 1, and greeted with a bare, talk-panel format, Space.

Dennis Hunter Acknowledged Country before members of The 5Five collective engaged in the yarning panel, ‘In Other Words’, moderated by John De Satge, and exploring individual and universal perceptions, and experiences, of ‘other’.

A group of people sit under the projected text 'other'. A man stands holding a microphone addressing the audience.

Yarn Panel with Dennis Hunter, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

Following the panel discussion, interdisciplinary practitioner Rebecca Youdell and media artist File_Error performed a delicate sound, screen and movement performance in response to the exhibition.

A woman walks with a branch.

Other Response with Rebecca Youdell+ File_Error, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

The audience were then directed to move to Studio B, where Dennis Hunter then guided them through ‘Calling to Country’ and true history, before John De Stage’s game-show style ‘MAJORITIES live’, welcomed three attendees to test their knowledge against the expert ‘flag-guy’ in a showdown of interactive Flag Game performance.

Three attendees sit around a laptop discussing. A large projection of the screen full of flags is shows to the audience.

MAJORITIES live’ with John De Satge, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

The Mixed Grill program juxtaposes work and space that compliment and contrast: the audience were then led to the rear carpark of Bulmba-ja, for the outdoor performance/ installation piece ‘Exercise In Futility’.

Produced by Nicholas Mills, and performed by the 5Five artists, with sound by Fletcher Glover and BLK+SBBTH, this ‘roving parade’ utilised discarded gym equipment and the rolling shell of an XP Ford Falcon, to illustrate a compelling visual and conceptual image.

A image shot in the night of a person pulling a white rope attached to a car with another person standing on-top of the car holding a traffic cone. There is a red light shining on the people.

Exercise in Futility with The 5Five, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

It was then back into Studio B for a cabaret-styled double header: Jay Wymarra presented excerpts from his new show ‘AmaJayus’, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tegan Koster then set the stage for a massive retro-synth exploration, presenting a quirky and upbeat live electro/screen showing of her new art-pop sound works, as part of her ongoing project ‘Shapes’.

A crowd of people watching the stage with a person greeting the crowd

AmaJayus – Jay Wymarra, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

Tegan Koster plays on stage to a large audience

Shapes – Tegan Koster, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

After a short break, the night moved into its final gear, with cult improvisation art/noise band ‘dero’, led by File_Error, and the funk/groove contrast of DJ Mr Tarago, cutting their own aural space, for a final sound and dance floor spin.

dero perform to an audience

Dero – dero, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

DJ Mr Tarago playing

DJ Mr Tarago, Mixed Grill, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, 2024. Photo Gonza Ianza

Words: Nicholas Mills




Cairns Animation Incubator

If you’re interested in animation take a look at these Animation Workshops and get your name on the list. Email “I’m Interested” to: cairns.animation@icloud.com

Series 1:
Focus on Indigenous Artists
Saturdays March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Digital tools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to bring story telling to life.

Series 2:
Focus on 2D Drawing and Animation
Saturdays April 20th, 27th and May 4th, 11th

Series 3:
Stop Motion Characters, Sets, Lighting, Compositing
Saturdays May 18th, 25th and June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Series 4
3D Modelling, Scanning, Texturing and Animation
Saturday July 13th, 20th, 27th and August 3rd

Presented by Ian Whittaker with support from Cairns Regional Council, Arts Queensland, Trinity Bay State High School and Indigenous Design Labs.

Please note that this program is not associated with NorthSite Contemporary Arts.

A bright pink poster with information about animation workshops by Cairns Animation Incubator

Image courtesy of Cairns Animation Incubator

Exhibition Season 1 Overview

NorthSite Contemporary Arts’ 2024 exhibition program celebrates the breadth and diversity of practice in Far North Queensland, in dialogue with artists who have strong connections to the region.

Our first season for 2024 will include the inaugural presentation of ‘Ngurruwarra/Derndernyin (stone fish trap)’, a monumental canvas by established and emerging artists from Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation, Mornington Island Art, the outcome of a research project led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). Alongside this exhibition will be ‘Conversations with my barista (real or imagined)’, a new photographic and video installation by Cairns-based emerging artist Selina Kudo; and in Gallery Two, ‘Facing Time: 50 Years’ a collaborative exhibition of paintings and drawings by artists and long-term friends Euan Macleod and Cairns-based Geoff Dixon. In addition to our gallery exhibitions, we will present exciting new editions produced through our SpotFire First Nations artist print program, across the Foyer and Long wall spaces.



NGURRUWARRA/ DERNDERNYIN: Stone Fish Traps Of The Wellesley Islands

Conversations with my barista (Real or imagined)

Facing Time: 50 Years




Exhibition Opening – Season 1

Artist Talks – Season 1

Film Screening — Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us

Workshop — Moments in Monochrome: Crafting Stories with Disposable Camera Diptychs