Illumine Opening Night

Opening Night Illumine. 50 people gathered to share art, music, poetry, supper in the lead up to the Bicentennial Weekend. A gift to Baha’u’llah, of the arts!

Thank you to Magda Community Artz for use of their space.  As well as all those assisting us behind the scenes to make this happen, particularly local Baha’is and Baha’is of Gold Coast.

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Minaira Fifita

Introducing Minaira Fifita. Another of our collaborating artists for Illumine.

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minairastunner Minaira Fifita

Minaira Fifita is a visual and performing artist whose artwork is grounded in her Polynesian and Celtic roots and nurtured by her faith in the unity.  She grew up in the island nation of Tonga. The Baha’i faith and her family are very important to her and all of her siblings are artists.

Minaira has won various art competitions, including one for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has found galleries to exhibit her work in both Australia and Tonga and  continues to receive commissions.

After graduating, the World Bank commissioned her to illustrate some stories for a teaching programme in Tonga. With the money from this work she was able to make payments towards her student fees. She also had the opportunity to work with well-known New Zealand artist Robin White, assisting on a collaborative tapa work with her sister, Ruha Fifita.

She continues to paint and contributes…

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Illumine – Art and Performance Ruha Fifita

One of the artists featured in Illumine.

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Art Work by Ruha Fifita

Ruha Fifita

Ruha Fifita was born in Vava’u, Tonga, in 1990 and has spent most of her life with her family in Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Tongatapu. In 2006 she co-founded ON THE SPOT (OTS), an arts organisation aimed at exploring and utilising the arts as a tool for community building. She sees Tongan culture as a living entity and hopes her artwork inspires young people to take ownership of it. Ruha has a degree in Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She is currently Pacific Arts Research Assistant for the GOMA and is extensively involved in community building in the Goodna and scenic rim area.

Interviews with Ruha
 
SBS interview with Ruha Fifita and Robin White

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