Cairns Convention Centre unveils First Nations artwork by Elverina Johnson

Elverina Johnson unveils her new artwork at Cairns Convention Centre.

The Cairns Convention Centre has unveiled a new artwork by renowned local artist Elverina Johnson which captures the connection between the ocean, reef, mangroves, and the land with First Nations people.

“We are thrilled to showcase Elverina Johnson’s artwork, which not only enhances the vibrancy of our Centre but also educates and inspires our visitors about the cultural significance of the land and sea to the First Nations people,” said Janet Hamilton, general manager at the Cairns Convention Centre.

“This piece is a testament to the enduring connection between the environment and the cultural heritage of our First Nations people.”

The commissioned artwork is now displayed in the entry to the new expansion of the Centre.

“It certainly is fitting that ASM Global has commissioned an artist of Elverina’s high standing to create a First Nations artwork to welcome visitors to the new-look Centre,” said Tourism Minister Michael Healy.

“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 conferences.”