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Your mid-Spring KickArts Snapshot


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... 

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. 

Ashleigh Campbell


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.

Anne Jillett, Ocean Relics series 2018, lomandra grass, thigh-spun fibres and driftwood. Courtesy of the artist.


KickArts Member Artist Exhibitions       


Anne Jillett  ~   Ocean Relics 

From her Bellenden Kerr studio Ellis Road Fibre Art, Anne Jillett creates stunning woven forms from natural materials, thigh-spun yarn and recycled fabrics. These coiled baskets, unique vessels and suspended forms are inspired by and built upon driftwood, found by the artist while beach combing south of Cairns. "They are an embodiment and exploration of possibilities presented by the coiling technique in response to positive and negative spaces all of which reflect the weathering actions of sea and wind." Anne Jillett, 2018

Carole King  ~  Intertidal Worlds

Carole King has been painting for as long as she can remember and has been incorporating collage into her sensitively textured surfaces for the last 20 years or so. The esteemed artist who has previously won The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize recently relocated from the Gold Coast to Cairns and can be often found painting mangrove forests and local estuaries close to her inner-city-Cairns studio. This selection of paintings show ecologies on the edge; stands of paperbarks, abstracted brackish shallows and pneumatophores amongst the rocks on the winding road to Port Douglas.  

Get Out There

Call for Local Indigenous Printmakers. 

Opportunity to participate in the next round of the Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Printmaking Project, supported by the Regional Jobs Investment Program and TAFE Far North. 
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Around Town


Sculpture Botanica 2018 

Includes the work of KickArts alumni and member artists Meiyin Ahnsuz, Marcia Bird, Kylie Burke, Marion Gaemers, Lynnette Griffiths, Anne Jillett, Pamela Kusabs, Amanda Mcgahan, Tijn Meulendijks, Rosie Omundsen, Chelsey Reis, Wendy Sheils, Patrick Tonks.

Sculpture Botanica is a partnership between the Saltwater Creek Basketry Group and the Friends of the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Installations are in place at the Cairns Botanic Gardens and Sugarworld Gardens until 27 October 2018.

Right Now in the KickArts Shop

IACA - Indigenous Art Centre Alliance Member's Exhibition

Amy Loogatha

Paula's Country, 2010
synthetic polymer on linen 
76.5 x 101cm

Courtesy of the artist and Mirnidiyan Gununa (Mornington Island Art Centre).




Bruce Bell

Small Orange Owl, 2016  
milkwood, ochre and acrylic paint   
28 x 10 x 13 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Wik and Kugu Arts Centre, Aurukun.


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