Anna & Paul La Fontaine founded Pandanus Gallery in 2009.
Anna has had an extensive career in the arts culminating in an involvement in the field over several years. Paul’s business career has spanned many industries including the arts but his love of Aboriginal art and avid interest in the indigenous culture has seen him become a well educated devotee of the vast subject.
They have combined their deep interest and knowledge with a ‘sea change’ to beautiful Palm Cove where the gallery is just across the road from the beach and the Coral Sea.
Since the launch they have expanded their sourcing of artworks significantly; and have participated in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair as exhibitors. The Gallery has also had a number of exhibitions including from Aurukun Wik & Kugu Art Centre, the communities in the Kimberley as well as those from The Tanami Desert.
The curating policy at Pandanus Gallery is to expand strong and transparent relationships with remote Aboriginal art communities; and where ever possible to source works for the gallery from Aboriginal owned community art centres throughout Australia.