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UMI Arts launches exhibition season

UMI Arts is set to kick off its 2024 exhibition season with the highly anticipated opening of “You & Me” on Friday, 15 March.

This annual member showcase promises to highlight the artistic diversity of First Nations artists across Far North Queensland, featuring 30 new artworks by 15 talented individuals from various communities.

UMI Arts Exhibition Officer Robyne Pacey said “You & Me” serves as a celebration of the collaborative spirit encapsulated by the Creole word “UMI,” meaning “you and me.”

“This is significant because we must work together to keep our culture strong, and from an exhibition perspective, You & Me encapsulates UMI Arts’ mission and philosophy – providing artists with support and pathways to create art of an exhibition standard,” she said.

The exhibition boasts an array of captivating works spanning different mediums and styles, showcasing the unique perspectives and cultural narratives of the participating artists.

Ms Pacey praised the exceptional quality of this year’s artworks and encouraged art enthusiasts to attend the opening event.

While some of the featured artists may not reside locally, a select group will be present at the opening to share insights into their work and engage in meaningful exchanges with visitors.

This interaction adds depth to the viewing experience, providing guests with a deeper understanding of the cultural significance behind each piece.

The lineup of exhibiting artists includes a diverse range of talents, representing communities from Babinda, Cairns, Yarrabah, Mossman, Normanton, and the Torres Strait Islands.

UMI Arts extends a warm invitation to the community to join the free opening event, which will feature a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony starting at 6 pm at the UMI Arts Gallery in Manoora.

“You & Me” will be on display until 10 May, 2024, offering ample opportunity for art enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the rich cultural tapestry woven into each artwork.

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