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10 June, 2021

Indigenous art symposium

UMI Arts hosted its inaugural symposium at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre on Thursday 10 June for members to learn from fellow artists and experts.

Musician and artist Merindi Schrieber

The ‘Big Talk One Fire’ Symposium was free and comprised a full day program of informative sessions on subjects such as Indigenous business in the arts, Arts Law and the Indigenous Art Code, exhibitions as a way of marketing and making the most of funding opportunities.

“In a caring and participatory environment, delegates took home useful and practical information for conducting an arts business that importantly, follows best practise and complies with the current legislation,” said UMI Arts’ Executive Officer Peter Lenoy.

“This was a meeting of minds, and a very worthwhile gathering of our arts community leaders and experts who shared experiences and key learnings with others in this formative, post COVID environment.”

Presenters include artists Susan Reys, Paul Bong and Merindi Schrieber and representatives working in the field of arts law, the Indigenous Art Code and National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Cairns Regional Council’s (CRC) Cultural Services and Community Partnerships as well as Arts Queensland, Australia Council and Many Rivers.

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