Erub/Lifou Project

Erub/Lifou Project

Established 2011 Erub, Darnley Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, and Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

The Erub/Lifou Project is a collaboration between QAGOMA, Erub Art Centre, Darnley Island, Torres Strait and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.Lead artist: Jimmy K THAIDAYErub artists: Ethel CHARLIE, Solomon CHARLIE, Rachael Emma GELA, Florence GUTCHEN, Nancy NAAWI, Robert OUI, Racy OUI-PITT, Ellarose SAVAGE, Jimmy J THAIDAYLifou artists: Katia CIMUTRU, Olivier DELACHAUX, Emile IWAN, Bisso IWANE, Robert JENE, Humune JIANE, Louise JONE, Pastor Var KAEMO, Harela KALOIE, Peter KAUDRE, Motaie KAUDRE, Simei MIDRAIA, Hala NGAZONIE, Jymmy NGOIZONI, Atre PAWAWI, Kegen UEDRE, Edouaid WAMALO, Kevin XOWIE.Community Consultation/artists: Lorna LUI and Joshua THAIDAYArtist Director: Lynette GRIFFITHSCoordination Team Manager: Diann LUI

The Erub/Lifou Project brings together artist groups from two islands: Lifou in New Caledonia, and Erub (Darnley Island) in the eastern Torres Strait. In 1871, a group of English and Kanak missionaries travelled from Lifou to Erub, an event that is remembered and celebrated annually as the ‘Coming of the Light’ — the introduction of Christianity to the Torres Strait. Descendants of the Kanak missionaries travelled to Erub in 2011 to reconnect with the descendants of family members who had settled there, and a return visit was made by the Erubian descendants to Lifou. The artistic collaboration that developed out of this exchange resulted in a group of charcoal drawings, video installations and woven ghost-net works that were exhibited in Australia in 2013. This project brings the two groups of artists together again to create a new set of works exploring their connections.

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Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery