Gallery 1 July 19 - August 31, 2014
Saltwater Country is a major exhibition project that presents new work by 16 contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to audiences, firstly on the Gold Coast and then touring internationally and nationally. The term ‘country’ has come to be understood as an all-encompassing word in English to explain the intrinsic nature of Aboriginal culture and creative expression as a reflection of the connectedness to land and place of birth. What is less understood is the equally strong cultural connectedness to the sea and water’s edge.
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice is notably different from the contemporary painting movement that has emerged from the Western Desert. This exhibition seeks to capture that distinctive cultural and creative experience as artists reclaim histories, investigate their pasts and establish new ways of caring for country and community through their artistic practice.
Artists: Vernon Ah Kee / Daniel Boyd / Michael Cook/ Megan Cope / Erub Erwer Meta / Fiona Foley/ Rosella Namok / Mavis Ngallametta / Laurie Nilsen/ Napolean Oui /Ryan Presley / Brian Robinson/ Ken Thaiday / Alick Tipoti / Ian Waldron / Judy Watson
Secure your Saltwater Country exhibition catalogue by completing the order form and returning it to the Gallery.
YEAR LEVEL SUITABILITY: Years 1 - 12
THEMES: Aboriginal Culture, Identity, Politics, Land and Place, The Beach, Water
ART FORM/S: Painting, Sculpture, Photography
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: The Arts (Visual Art), Indigenous Perspectives, History, Geography
Students will be able to explore the broader environmental, cultural and political concerns contained within these artworks. Their extraordinary depth and power provides a real sense of the strength and diversity of contemporary art practice in this state. A Gold Coast Coast City Gallery- initiated major international touring exhibition.
Connect the Saltwater Country exhibition to your NAIDOC week programming through the Write Into Art program.
Saltwater Country is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Saltwater Country is a travelling exhibition developed in partnership between the Museums & Galleries Queensland and Gold Coast City Gallery.