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Title

A canoe of many passengers

1998


Artists

Michael Tuffrey

Australia

Matatia Warrior

Avril Ahwang

Australia

Warren Brim

Australia

Ethel Sambo

Australia

Bianca Mahoney

Australia

Glen Mackie

Australia

1975 -

Language group

Kala Lagaw, Torres Strait region

Anna Eglitas

Australia

Sheila Sparks

Australia

Vicki Igibi

Australia


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


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


Artist information

Michael Tuffrey

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Matatia Warrior

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Avril Ahwang

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Warren Brim

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Ethel Sambo

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Bianca Mahoney

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Glen Mackie

Works in the collection

9

Artist information

Anna Eglitas

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Sheila Sparks

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Vicki Igibi

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Cairns

Shown in 1 exhibition

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