Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton: Desert Country; and National Museum of Australia: Yiwarra Kuju

Dust from a distant sun

Brenda L. Croft

 

Desert Country
by Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton
Art Gallery of South Australia, $80 hb, 216 pp, 9781921668043

 

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
by National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia Press, $59 pb 255 pp, 9781876944780

 

During the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) held this August in far north Queensland, the city was buzzing with the visit of many of the country’s leading contributors to contemporary indigenous arts and culture. I ran into some of the most significant visual, performing and literary indigenous artists and arts professionals, many with hereditary links to the region, such as internationally renowned artists Vernon Ah Kee, Ken Thaiday Sr, and Daniel Boyd, and leading arts advocates, mingling with emerging artistic practitioners.

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Published in November 2010 no. 326

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