Robert ‘Tommy’ Pau  –  CV

b. 1967, Townsville
raised Cairns/Thursday Island
Lives Cairns

Tommy is a descendant of the Eastern Torres Strait Islands, Australian Aboriginal, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islander and Asia. He speaks Torres Strait Creole and Australian English. He was taught about the need to keep culture strong through cultural practice by his father. He has a strong commitment to keeping old traditions alive and believes that culture must remain true to the past and move with time to exist in the future. Tommy has considerable experience in the arts and his art forms of choice include printmaking, painting and sculpture.

Tommy was a semi-finalist in the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2017 and was the winner of the Works on Paper section of the 2016 Award.   His works are in major public and private collections in Australia.  He is passionate in representing Indigenous arts and artists in general and the protection and true representation of Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.

2021   Study towards BA (Philosophy), Macquarie University, Sydney
2018   Study towards BA in New Media, James Cook University, Cairns
2013   Certificate IV in Governance, The Learning Workshop, through UMI Arts, Cairns
2013   Diploma of Visual Art, TAFE, Cairns
2012   Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts, TAFE, Cairns
2010   Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Art, TAFE Cairns
2009   Diploma of Information Technology (Networking), TAFE Cairns
2009   Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, MW Training Consultants, Cairns
2008   Certificate III in Information Technology, TAFE Cairns
1999    Bachelor of Education, James Cook University, Townsville
1997    Associate Diploma of Education (Community Teaching), TAFE Cairns

Exhibitions – Solo
2017   Torres Statesmen, UMI Arts, Cairns
2015   Ad Wer (Sacred Stars), Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek, Vic.
2011   Exploration of Mediums, UMI Arts, Cairns
2013   Before Television, August Feature Wall, KickArts Cairns

Exhibitions – Group
2021   Explore Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney NSW (online)
2021   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns (online)
2020  Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns
2018   Alumni Exhibition, UMI Arts, Cairns
2017   Finalist Exhibition, Telstra Indigenous Art Award, Darwin
2017   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, exhibiting with Umbrella Studio
2016   Winner, Works on Paper Category, Telstra Indigenous Art Award
2014   Freshwater Saltwater, UMI Arts, Cairns
2013   UMI Arts Member’s Exhibition
2013   Works on Paper exhibition, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
2013   Salt Water, Fresh Water – Touring Exhibition organised by UMI Arts, Cairns
2013   Salt Water Fresh Water, UMI Arts Exhibition during Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns
2013   Finalist, Works on Paper, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Cairns, NT
2013   Naissance, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, (exhibition featuring 7 emerging artists from the Cairns region)
2013   We Three, Banggu Minjaany Gallery, TAFE, Cairns
2012   Gaban Bagarra Meets Mazal (Rainforest Meets Coral Seas), SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
2012   Group exhibition Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Cairns
2012   Group exhibition, UMI Arts, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns
2012   Beautiful Spaces Pop Up Group exhibition, Cairns
2012   Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, TAFE Cairns
2011   Prints, Graduating Exhibition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diploma of Visual Arts, Banggu Minjaany Gallery, TAFE Cairns
2011   Coloured Flavour, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery,TAFE Cairn
2011   Cancer Council Fund Raiser, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, TAFE, Cairns
2011   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Exhibition, KickArts Cairns (aka Centre for Contemporary Art)
2010   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Exhibition, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns TAFE
2010   Digital Journey, Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns TAFE, (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Exhibition)
2010   Our Style, Banggu Minjaany Gallery, Graduates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Certificate III/IV in Cultural Arts, Cairns TAFE

2012   Booklet and Mural for Queensland Health Cancer Unit
2011   Designed a Tie for Minister of Mines and Energy in collaboration with Certificate IV in Cultural Arts and Fashion students, TAFE Cairns
2011   Animated Backdrop for Biwa Dance Company, Cairns
2011   Colour in book for Queensland Fire and Rescue, Cairns
2011   ABC series The Straits commission:  Four Boys (linocut print) and fish paddle blade (wood carving)

2011   May – ABC Radio National interview by Karen Dorante on exhibition Exploration of Mediums
2011   May – Torres News, interview on exhibition Exploration of Mediums
2011   April – Koori Mail interview on exhibition Exploration of Mediums
2011   April – Cairns Sun article on exhibition Exploration of Mediums
2011   Pathways 2, exhibition catalogue UMI Arts, Cairns
2011   Featured artworks in ABC series The Straits (BALA Production): Four Boys (print), Fish Paddle Blade (wood carving)

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW
University of Melbourne, Vic
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Qld
+ many private collections