Artists are collaborating with the Australian Society for Parasitology on a unique project exploring the theme of parasites and the health.
Supported by our Inspiring Australia grant, Bernard Lee Singleton will create a painting and Tai Inoue will create a piece of digital art to accompany the painting. This will be the final part of a larger national $30K Inspiring Australia grant that the Australian Society for Parasitology won to host free public events to explore the world of parasites.
Professor Nick Smith, from the Australian Society for Parasitology and a researcher at James Cook University in Cairns, said the aim of the project was to raise awareness of the impact of parasite-related illness on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“Communities have a much better chance of managing these conditions if people understand the lifecycle of the parasite involved,” Professor Smith said.
“We’ve discussed our understanding of the parasites with Bernard and Tai, and we’re excited to see how they, as artists, will choose to represent that.”
The work will be part of James Cook University’s National Science Week activities in August, and will also feature at the Cairns Children’s Festival in May – both at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns.
Bernard Lee Singleton is an artist born in Cairns and raised in the small Aboriginal community of Coen, Cape York. Bernard’s mother is a Djabuguy woman born in Mona Mona mission and his father is an Umpila (east coast Cape York)/Yirrkandji man from Yarrabah mission.
Tai Inoue is a local artist from Kuranda who records and captures sounds for use in film, interviews and music projects. He uses art as a way to understand the world of science, using imagination to explore scientific ideas beyond the limits of traditional scientific methodology.