The Centralian advocate Tue 17 Jun 2014
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08 NEWS TUESDAY JUNE 17 2014 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Artists great Korea move LOCALS Laurie May and Nikki Bennett were buzzing at the Totem Theatre Working Bee on Saturday morning. The crew from the community-run theatre spent the day cleaning out their costume shed a heritage building which has stood there since World War II Picture: MATT GARRICK A GROUP of Central Australian Indigenous painters will leave for Korea this weekend as part of the first ever artist exchange to the country. China and Korea are fast developing a taste for Australias Aboriginal art and were keen to make the most of this emerging market, Chief Minister Adam Giles said. The Government is pleased to be supporting this international art exchange as part of its Asian engagement program by providing export marketing advice as well as financial assistance. Its another example of the breadth of the Giles Governments Northern Australia Development agenda. Over the past two years, Desart has been working with the Territory Government to test the arts markets in Korea and China, Parliamentary Secretary Lia Finocchiaro said. The Arts sector is an important part of the Territory economy, and this first ever artist exchange to Korea will help raise awareness of Central Australian art and artists in an increasingly affluent part of the world. The artists are from Pupunya, Haasts Bluff, Yuendumu, Amata, and Ernabella. The artists are very excited by the opportunity to travel to Korea and share their arts and culture, Desart chief executive Phil Watkins said. One of the artists has already been involved in a previous international exchange with China, but most of them have never taken part in anything like this before. Securing opportunities in these emerging Asian export markets is critical given the challenges of a decline in traditional art markets in Europe and North America. The assistance from the Territory Government has been critical in allowing Desart to pursue new market development opportunities in Korea, establishing key relationships with Korean arts organisations, as well as private galleries and collectors. The assistance received to date has been essential in establishing a foundation from which art centres throughout our region can maximise all their opportunities. In 2013, Korean artists visited Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) and Papunya as part of the initial artist exchange program. It is expected that the relationship with the Korean artists involved will be reignited when the Territory artists meet up with them in their home country. Monika OHanlon ARTS WRITER MORE SPACE FOR TOTEMS GEAR When: Wednesday 2 July Where: Overlanders Steakhouse First Sitting: 6pm Second Sitting: 7.30pm Entertainment to commence at 8.30pm Cost: $100 per head Includes a complimentary drink on arrival (beer,wine or soft drink), 2 course meal and entertainment by Ted Egan AO and Sara Stoner Enter online www.caasinc.wordpress.com caasinc.wordpress/advocate-art-award/ Enquiries: Phone Steve 0429 976 525 Offcial opening 25th July 6pm There are several prizes, both cash and professional development opportunities donated by our sponsors: The Excellence Prize of $2,500 For the most outstanding artwork Section Prizes - Stories prize sponsored by 8Hele Gallery - $800 - Places Prize sponsored by Chapman & Bailey - $800 - Faces Prize - sponsored by Bellette Media - $800 To be selected by a panel of judges The Peoples Choice Prize of $1,200 For a winner chosen by popular vote of the public The Jacksons Drawing Supplies Encouragement Prize of $300 worth of art materials awarded to a frst time exhibitor The Framed in Alice Highly Commended Prize of $300 worth of framing The Leaping Lizards Prize of one months gallery exhibition space Entries can be in any media Entries close 6pm Friday 11 July