The symposium will be held at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.
Further information about the Gab Titui Cultural Centre can be found at http://www.gabtitui.com.au/
Cnr Victoria Parade and Blackall St
Thursday Island, Queensland
The meaning of 'Gab Titui'
The name, Gab Titui, was recommended by the late Mr Ephraim Bani, who was a renowned Cultural Advisor for the Torres Strait region. Extensive community research ensured that the name would represent both Eastern and Western language dialects of the Torres Strait. Mr Bani suggested the words 'Gab', interpreted as journey in the eastern island group language and 'Titui' from the western islands group language meaning stars. The combined name, Gab Titui, is translated as 'Journey of the Stars'.
About Gab Titui
Gab Titui Cultural Centre is the Torres Strait's first keeping place for historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous art. The central focus of the centre is to contribute to the maintenance, revitalisation and preservation of Torres Strait culture and the development and promotion of local Indigenous art. Established in 2004, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre is operated by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA); services 20 communities; is guided by the TSRA Board consisting of 20 Indigenous Members representing each of the island communities; and supports more than 70 artists across the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area of Australia. The Centre has a Gallery Shop that provides an ethical outlet for the Torres Strait artists to sell their work, maintaining at least 70 percent of local Indigenous product. The sales made through Gab Titui create economic opportunities for local Indigenous artists, as a large percentage of the earnings are directly returned to them, with the remaining amount reinvested into the operations of the centre. Gab Titui runs a cultural maintenance program through the Ephraim Bani Gallery, and an Arts Development program that services artists and art centres on the outer islands. The Centre supports local Indigenous artists to ensure that all sales proceeds go back to the Torres Strait community.
(information appearing on this page has been derived from the Gab Titui Cultural Centre website at http://www.gabtitui.com.au/)
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