Cairns Convention Centre’s artistic reconciliation move

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Local artist Elverina Johnson will create an artwork for the Centre.

The Cairns Convention Centre has engaged local artist Elverina Johnson to create an artwork to be displayed in the venue’s foyer.

Commissioning Johnson, who is a Gungganji Gurugulu and Gimuy Walubara Yidinji artist from Yarrabah in Far North Queensland, is part of Cairns Convention Centre’s commitment to reconciliation.

“We believe that reconciliation is an important step in acknowledging the past and building a better future,” said Janet Hamilton, general manager at Cairns Convention Centre.

“The process of reconciliation is an ongoing journey that involves commitment and collaboration.

“We are looking forward to working with Elverina on promoting her talent and displaying a dedicated piece of artwork in the Centre to begin our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.”

Tourism Minister Michael Healy said the state government’s $176 million investment in redeveloping the Centre is already paying off.

“The State Government invested $176 million to upgrade and expand this world-class facility and, although it’s been open for less than 12 months, it is already proving to be a massive boost to tourism and trade across the Tropical North, attracting world-class events,” he said.

“It certainly is fitting that ASM Global has commissioned an artist of Elverina’s high standing to create a First Nations work of art to welcome visitors to the new-look Cairns Convention Centre.”