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This site supports the artistic talents of our North Queensland students in Cairns (Gimuy) and

Townsville (Gabilgaba) who gain their qualifications in Visual Arts, Graphic Design and Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.



TAFE Queensland showcases our students in cross-cultural exhibitions in our own Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery at the Cairns campus, as well as other premium galleries in Cairns and Townsville. Professional artists mentor emerging artists to develop their practice in line with global art trends and universal art concepts.


Students gain skills across a variety of specialisations including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital media, textiles, ceramics and much more. Our teachers are proud to be part of many artists' beginnings in their diverse careers within the arts

- in the North Queensland region and beyond.


Rose Rigley

Rose Rigley completed her Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE Queensland (Cairns) before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Art through Curtin University, majoring in Sculpture and Art History. She has undertaken additional creative learning through extended mentorships including The Centre of Book Arts in New York, West End Studio in Brisbane under Adele Outteridge and with Master Printmaker Theo Tremblay at Editions Tremblay in Cairns. As a co-founder of Knock Knock ARI, (now Sixfold Project), Rose has been collaborating, curating and creating innovative community engagement ventures in the art industry since 2011. Her practice is concept driven and focuses on printmaking, book arts, sculptural assemblage and installation.


Further details can be found on her website:



My name is Marnie Hutchison Awram

I am a Queensland-based, visual artist who values engagement, connection and collaboration. I utilise a broad range of media, including artist books, sculpture and installation, to consider concepts of personal memory. Recollection, loss and language overlay my artworks and inform my creative intentions.

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Marnie Awram

Marnie Awram has more than 30 years’ experience as a practicing artist. Her multidisciplinary approach allows her to cross between traditional and digital media with ease. With a Bachelor of Creative Industries (painting major) from JCU, she has vast experience as a Gallery Installation Technician, along with Gallery Management and Cultural Conservation. She teaches drawing, painting and digital media.


Further details can be found on her website:



Olivia Azzopardi

Olivia Azzopardi has a propensity for MUD, or more specifically, for clay. Her established practice crosses the boundaries between technical drawing and the pure beauty of functional and non-functional ceramic sculptures. She has an interest in the absurd; creating artworks that have an element of humour or non-functionality, to provide a lighter view of life. Olivia’s meticulous drawings have led her to discover the joys of printmaking, with her works often revealing distorted flora, fauna, and the disfigured human body.


Further details can be found on her website:



Lynelle Flinders

Lynelle Flinders graduated with a Diploma in Indigenous Cultural Arts in 2012 from TAFE Queensland Tropical North, specialising in hand-printed textiles. Showcasing her work during numerous exhibitions, she continues to produce textiles based on knowledge and passion for her country and heritage. Lynelle has also completed her Cert III in Micro Business and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, going full circle to develop both her creative and professional acumen. With a growing repertoire of collections and exhibitions under her belt, Lynelle’s work as a design and textile artist exemplifies the potential of Indigenous-led fashion. As a textile designer and artist, her current practice as a textile artist showcases her works concentrating on hand-printed textiles using various traditional and alternative materials to achieve her designs.


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Nicolette Worth

Nicolette Worth completed a Diploma of Visual Art at TAFE Queensland (Cairns) she then completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at JCU (Major in Painting and Business). Exploring digital media in her university studies and developing a love for mixing art and design, Nicolette moved to Melbourne to complete her diploma in Graphic Design at Martin College. Nicolette has worked as a graphic designer & artist for 10 years, spreading her time between Melbourne, Cairns and then New York, where Nicolette worked as a designer for a leading clothing retailer. Nicolette has since moved back to Cairns where she runs her own studio & shop working as a freelance designer. Nicolette has an interest in combining her visual and digital skills to explore mediums and how art can influence people. She experiments with clothing, products, visual & digital art and all things in-between. Nicolette’s creative practice is a blend of pop culture influence while exploring mental health awareness, social issues and self-empowerment.


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Sandra Guy 

Sandra Guy completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Printmaking, and a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University, Townsville. She has over 15 years’ experience in the education and creative industries; with coordination roles in festivals, musicals, showcases and exhibitions throughout her career. Sandra teaches drawing, painting, printmaking, art career development and is creator of the Sculpt your Mind course. She is a strong advocate for the visual arts and is committed to the growth of the creative industries in the north region. Sandra is currently completing a Master’s in Business: Arts and Cultural Management with Deakin University.


Katya Venter

Katya Venter is a Townsville based multimedia artist and art educator. She completed a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Multimedia Studies (UNISA), and a Diploma of Creative Arts (JCU, Townsville). Katya is participating in community art projects and actively exhibiting, and utilising professional development grants to enhance her art practice. Her creative practice focuses on digital art and design, moving image, paper installation art, and 3D printing techniques.


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