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Silent Auction of Signature Art

The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc is hosting a special Silent Art Auction of a very special artwork by Aboriginal artist Jandamarra Cadd, of the Sunshine Coast. scirwf signature art with title smallThis stunning piece was commissioned by the SCIRWF as a signature art ‘logo’ for our inaugural 2016 festival. The work is ‘unique’ in that the piece is a landscape depiction of the Sunshine Coast as per our festival’s brief - Jandamarra is an acclaimed dot portraiture artist. Our festival has Jandamarra's blessings in passing on this artwork to a new owner.

The work is titled: “Ancient Dreaming, Tomorrow’s Vision”
Dimensions: (85cm x 100cm acrylic on canvas)
Artist: Jandamarra Cadd
Reserve Price: $3000 (Three Thousand Dollars)
Auction opens Wednesday, July 5 and ends Thursday, July 27 at 5pm
• Bids can be emailed to: enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com with “Silent Auction Bid” clearly stated in the email subject line.
• All bidders will be notified of the auction outcome on Friday, July 28.
• This beautiful work is currently on display at Coolum Library, in Park Street, Coolum.

Jandamarra’s story of the artwork:
“Within this painting is the depiction of Mt Coolum, Mt Ninderry, Maroochy River and the Ocean at Coolum Beach surrounded by the natural bushland as to show the relationship and cycles of life that have been ongoing for millions of years. This painting is done entirely of dots and, as much as it is the dots that create the form, we see with our eyes it is the spaces between these dots that speak volumes about our creative, visionary influences and of our origins that are interwoven into the fabric of our connection to Mother Nature, our community, our family and a spiritual affinity that holds all these things together. The dot work in the mountain range symbolises the gatherings and ceremonies that have been occurring here for tens of thousands of years. It also represents meeting place and how the old and new custodians of this land today are coming together to continue celebration of our connection to country, community, family and a spiritual affinity that bind all these fundamentals together.
As the ocean spray from the surf rises into the clouds and precipitates in the mountains and flows into the river and back to the ocean for the process to begin again. We hold the potential to see the value that this not only holds for us but for every proceeding generation to come. And as we play an integral part in maintaining this timeless natural creative homeostasis, we invite others locally, nationally and internationally to come and share and celebrate. This constant renewal and flow of life that reminds us of the part we play in keeping our environment clean and sacred. As the visionaries and dreamers come to gather in this special Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi land, the ancient wisdom and dreams of the landmarks will be the foundation for our future.”

• Jandamarra Cadd (b. 1973) is an award-winning Aboriginal Artist with his origins being the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung People in Victoria. He was introduced to painting at the age of 15 and credits this tool of expression as his survival from a challenging childhood treated as a second-class citizen in his own land. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with a contemporary and inventive portraiture. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and storytelling of the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities. His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul.
• Jandamarra was a finalist in the Australia’s prestigious 2014 Archibald Prize portraiture awards and was an entrant in the 2016 award. His other awards include: *Finalist in The Kennedy Prize 2016; *Finalsit in The Clayton Utz Art Award 2016; *Finalist in The Sunshine Coast Art Prize; *Winner of People’s Choice – Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016; *Finalist in The Back Swan Art Prize 2015; *Winner of the SJOGHC Online People’s Choice Prize 2015; *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2013 *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2011 *Que Sera Sera Exhibition (Toowoomba) - People's Choice Award 2010 *Wondai Art Gallery Through Our Eyes - Collaborative exhibition People's Choice Award 2008 *National Art Award (Canberra) - Drawn Together Indigenous Employees Award 2007 *Arts Spectacular Competition - Highly Recommended 2007 *Faces of Arranounbi, Redcliffe Cultural Centre - The People's Choice Award 2005 View Jandamarra’s work at http://jandamarrasart.com
• For further details please contact SCIRWF founder and director Wendy O’Hanlon on 0435 877 617.