Fri 1st October 2021: 10:00am
- Sun 24th October 2021: 5:00pm
NorthSite Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St, Cairns QLD 4870 AU
The idea for Thinking of Place originated with a small group of Australian and New Zealand artists at the Impact 8 International Print Conference in Dundee, Scotland, in 2014. A collection of works by artists who explored concepts of land, country, the built and natural environment, colonisation, ancestral connections, identity and imagined locations was prepared as a touring exhibition and subsequently shown at galleries in Cairns, Ballarat, Auckland and Christchurch.
The group decided to continue the momentum of the project with Thinking of Place ii, expanded to include artists from print groups in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Canada – a total of 63 artists. The works were exhibited at Biblioteca Central de Cantabria, as part of Impact 10 International Printmaking Conference in Santander, Spain, 2018. It has subsequently toured to the countries and cities of the participating artist groups, commencing at NorthSite Contemporary Arts in Cairns, and ArtHaus Contemporary Art Gallery in Orakei, New Zealand, 21 Oct – 01 Nov 2020.
The project is an ambitious cultural exchange. Fine art prints – made in limited editions and easily transported – are an ideal medium for such an exchange; participating artists each received a folio of 20 prints selected from the editions of fellow printmakers. The Thinking of Place artists were asked: How do memories attach to place, and is the concept of place confined to a particular time? The collective works present a spectrum of encounters as each artist investigates their own ideas of displacement, personal narratives, journeys and associations with place.
NorthSite Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm | Saturday: 10am to 1pm - Closed Sundays & Public Holiday