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Title

A canoe of many passengers

1998

Artists

Michael Tuffrey

Australia

Avril Ahwang

Australia

Warren Brim

Australia

Ethel Sambo

Australia

Bianca Mahoney

Australia

Glen Mackie

Australia

1975 -

Language group

Kala Lagaw, Torres Strait region

Anna Eglitis

Australia

Sheila Sparks

Australia

Vicki Igibi

Australia

Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
Alternate image of A canoe of many passengers by Michael Tuffrey, Matatia Warrior, Avril Ahwang, Warren Brim, Ethel Sambo, Bianca Mahoney, Glen Mackie, Anna Eglitis, Sheila Sparks, Vicki Igibi
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cairns Queensland Australia
    Date
    1998
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Dimensions
    83.0 x 210.0 cm sheet; 100.1 x 225.6 x 6.4 cm framed
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil 'G. Eglitas'. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Vicki Olsson 2016
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    55.2016
    Copyright
    © the artists, courtesy Editions Tremblay

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    Avril Ahwang

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    Warren Brim

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    Ethel Sambo

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    Bianca Mahoney

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    Glen Mackie

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    Anna Eglitis

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  • About

    My time at the Cairns TAFE college was to tutor students in a series of woodblock printing workshops. The dynamic at the art school was very open and fluid in terms of students’ interplay between the visual arts and music departments. My approach to tutoring the medium was how I came up with the concept of the artwork, ‘A Canoe of many passengers’ which led me to co-operative ‘fono’ (meaning) for coming together with the students.
    It was extremely open in terms of what each student would contribute, and given the diverse cultural dynamics from within, Pacific wide, it was amazing as the project evolved. The cross-cultural symbolisms and mythologies, the ‘canoe’ form simply as a metaphor, offered a foundation to the students for a visual language outside the wider dialogue it would offset. Artist’s statement 2004

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    Cairns

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    Shown in 1 exhibition

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