Art Attack in Cairns

Published:25 March 2019

Second year Creative Arts student Imani Williams performing in Cairns

Cairns’ CBD will come alive with the sound music on Thursday (28 March) when CQUniversity Creative Arts Students kick off the Art Attack series in Shields Street.

From 5pm-7pm, CQUni second and third-year students will provide revellers with a chilled afternoon of free acoustic music under the beautiful fig trees of Shields Street.

Associate Lecturer in Music and Theatre Technology Patty Preece said the first Art Attack would feature a range of artists in a showcase style performance.

“The third year students performing include Clara Satzke, Issabella Smith Ani (Woven), Joel Godfrey, Jade Schuck and Rachael Davies (Wicked),” Ms Preece explained.

“Second year students are Imani Williams (Wicked) and Shaun Kane and also showcasing will be local emerging talent from the Cairns Voice studio Georgia Byrne, Zoe Pertiwi and Bri Possimiers.”

Ms Preece said Art Attack was a student-run initiative that would facilitate public performance opportunities for Creative Arts students and emerging local artists in Cairns.

“The students have the opportunity to work with local industry in a professional capacity managing all aspects of public performance from playing to marketing to producing,” she said.

“Students involved in Art Attack will be mentored by lecturing staff, council and Keesha McLean from Cairns Voice studio.”

An additional three Art Attack performances are scheduled for the year: May 30, August 1 and October 24.

“Each event will have a slightly different flavour and feature new talent each time,” Ms Preece explained.

“It will become a great platform for students to test the market, launch their singles and collaborate with other local talent.”

The Art Attack series has been made possible thanks to an agreement with the Cairns Regional Council.

“The permit shows the dedication of Council and CQUni to work together to create pathway opportunities for emerging artists in the regions,” Ms Preece said.

“Council have been very active in providing opportunities for our students in numerous capacities and this event is a vote of confidence that CQUni students are producing quality events that can be shared with the local community.”