Posted on November 12, 2010
The curtain came down for "Destination Paradise" on October 31, 2010, marking the end of the Port Douglas Go Troppo Arts festival.
According to curator Sarah Goldfinch (www.goldfinchcommunications.com.au), "Destination Paradise" was well supported by locals and visitors and a number of sales were made during the week. The show was held at the end of the traditional tourist season in Far North Queensland (Australia) and the Go Troppo organisers hoped it would draw extra visitors to the town.
Whilst there were a number of other exhibitions and workshops held during the week-long Go Troppo Arts Festival, "Destination Paradise" was the signature event. It showcased works by 20 active artists in the Port Douglas / Cairns / Mossman and Tablelands region who were selected by Ms Goldfinch as a 'snapshot' of current art in the far north.
"Destination Paradise" was staged in the Old Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas, an event space maintained by the Cairns Regional Council. This pre-WW2 building suspended over the waters of Dickson Inlet was well known in recent years as Ben Cropp's Great Barrier Reef Shipwreck Museum. Prior to that, visitors and locals will have fond, if not slightly blurry, memories of Ivan and Tommy's restaurant. These days, the venue is used for art shows, wedding receptions and other cultural events.
The Sugar Wharf provided a wonderful atmosphere for the show ... combining unique setting and openness with spectacular views of the Coral Sea and coastal ranges. The opportunity to view artworks in this setting was an experience most visitors remarked about and will remember for a long time.
"Destination Paradise" featured paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, wood, textiles and mixed media. Artists were invited to submit new works interpreting the theme "Destination Paradise". Individual interpretation was open and not subject to guidelines.
The show depicted a range of subject material including environment and nature, still life, food, and cultural activity. The result was a full and diverse exhibition of local North Queensland artists' works.