Art Exhibition & Sale by Auction

Raising funds and awareness for the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook's campaign to protect and conserve the Hinchinbrook region from the impacts of coastal developments.

Dugongs of Hinchinbrook II will be staged in Cairns this April and it is shaping up to be the premier event on the Far North Queensland Arts Calendar for 2005. This exhibition follows the very successful 1997 Dugongs of Hinchinbrook Art Exhibition and sale in Sydney. The Cairns event will be held at the KickArts Gallery, the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns. The organisers of this event are the Artists Supporting Hinchinbrook and the Hinchinbrook Action Group who have received donations of artworks by some of Australia's most renowned artists. Works by Ray Crooke, Arthur Boyd, Jeffrey Smart, Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Russell Drysdale, William Robinson, Charles Blackman, Garry Shead, John Coburn, Donald Friend, Martin Sharp, Peter Kingston and many more will be exhibited for sale.

The Art Exhibition is in support of The Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook's campaign to protect and conserve World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island and Channel from the impacts of coastal developments. Such developments include the proposal to construct breakwater walls in the adjacent State Marine Park and to extend the Port Hinchinbrook development to include a further 250 canal1 front residential lots1, an 18 hole golf course, motel and facilities.

The funds raised will be used to support a potential Planning and Environment Court appeal against the Development Application for Port Hinchinbrook (Stage II) which is currently before the Cardwell Shire Council and to assist with other areas of the campaign. Aspects of the proposed Stage II development are also being assessed by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

The Hinchinbrook Passage and Island are very special wilderness areas and habitat for threatened and endangered species such as the Dugong, Siren of the Sea. Through the purchase of a unique and rare piece of Australian art, you will be helping to preserve the natural beauty and conservation values of the areas surrounding Hinchinbrook for future generations. Please come and view a very special collection and purchase a piece of art by iconic and recognised Australian artists.

See an overview of assessment and approval processes for proposed works at the Port Hinchinbrook development.

See Current Applications and Assessments for Port Hinchinbrook.


See media release

Enquiries: Hinchinbrook Action Group, email: brisbane@hinchinbrook.info c/- Post Office, Machans Beach, Qld, 4878

1Source: Port Hinchinbrook Press 2003 'From the Helm': Boat Show Edition Vol 2:p1 (Signed by Keith Williams & Ben Williams)