KickArts is entering an exciting phase of development!
You might have heard ~ there's been big changes at KickArts in recent months.
We've moved out of the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA). Thank you to our dedicated volunteers, Cairns Regional Council and Arts Queensland who have assisted us with the move.
Come into the heart of Cairns to see new artworks by our member artists ~ paintings by Carole King, woven forms by Anne Jillett and one-of-a-kind jewellery by Kate Hunter Designs.
While you're here you can visit our neighbours at Cairns Museum, have a coffee, something to eat or browse the new retailers in The School of Arts Precinct, corner of Lake and Shields Streets.
Back at the other site, TPG Architects and the Queensland Government are currently placing the final touches on the designs for the revitalised Centre of Contemporary Arts. The renovated building on Abbott Street is set to include new multipurpose studios and meeting spaces, exciting new galleries and a redesigned KickArts Shop, as well as upgrades to dining and theatre facilities. Watch this space...https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/coca-cairns
It's certainly an exciting time for KickArts Contemporary Arts and I am thrilled to have been bestowed the opportunity to lead this organisation forward.
On behalf of the KickArts community of artists and supporters, I'd like to thank outgoing staff Justin Bishop, Miriam Carter and Portia Greenwood for their enthusiasm and dedication to KickArts over recent years. They leave a solid legacy through the development of the Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Printmaking Program and the KickArts Art and Dementia Program, activities we will continue to roll out, along with a suite of new Creative Programs.
We are privileged to have skilled artist and educator Rosie Miller joining the team to facilitate these projects over coming months. I'd also like to thank outgoing Board Member Tim McGrath for his service to the organisation, in particular for his facilitation of the legal provision for the Billy Missi Estate. We now warmly welcome Susan Walsh to the KickArts Board of Directors.
I look forward to this next adventure and sharing the journey with you as KickArts draws upon elements of the past and boldly steps into the future.
KickArts acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and create, paying respects to Elders, past, present and future.