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Artist respect for motifs and territory a forum topic for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Artist respect for motifs and territory a forum topic for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Published:10 July 2017

TOP: Judy Watson and Norman Miller. MID: Karen Reys and Leah Cameron. BELOW: Rhoda Roberts.

All those interested in the issues of protocols and respect are welcome at a Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2017 Artist Forum on Saturday, 15 July.

The Forum will be hosted at CQUniversity Cairns campus and features artists Judy Watson, Norman Miller and Karen Reys, in discussion with lawyer Leah Cameron.

Creative director and cultural communicator Rhoda Roberts will chair the forum, encouraging and coordinating debate between panellists and audience members.

Those keen to attend should register via .

“Forum participants will be invited to discuss and debate respect protocols and intellectual property of other tribal groups’ motifs and territory,” said CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding.

Meanwhile, CQUni Office of Indigenous Engagement Associate Professor, and CIAF Patron, Henrietta Marrie says “this gives artists and participants a chance to come together to talk about the importance of community protocols and intellectual property rights”

Karen Reys is a strong Aboriginal Murri woman, artist and descendant of the Badjala, Darrba and Djiribal people of Queensland. Her cultural lineage to Cairns spans four generations.  Her recent project brings community together through the art of healing as co-ordinator and co-facilitator of ‘The Jewels Within’ Healing Art Workshops at CEED (Community Engagement and Education Development).

Judy Watson’s work explores drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture, all referencing an Indigenous connection to land and history. Watson completed a fine arts degree at the University of Tasmania in 1982. While living in Sydney, she exhibited in the 1989 survey exhibition ‘A Koori Perspective’ at Artspace, and became associated with the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative. In 1995, Watson received the Moët & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship and, in 1997, was selected for exhibition in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Norman Miller draws his heritage and inspiration from the Atherton Tableland. This artist and author of a book called Reef and Rainforest: An Aboriginal Voice Through Art and Story is of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes of the North Queensland rainforest and specialises in limited edition lino prints and acrylic on canvas. Norman had an artist-owned gallery in Cairns for over 20 years. He now works from his home studio gallery and has a window display at the Pacific International Hotel in Cairns.

Leah Cameron is the current recipient of the Attorney General’s Indigenous Legal Practitioner of the Year Award and the owner of Marrawah Law, Queensland’s only Supply Nation certified Indigenous legal practice.