Against the backdrop of stunning works by acclaimed artist John Mawurndjul, join a panel of artists for an engaging discussion about contemporary Aboriginal art.
Along with the panel, please join us for a highlights tour of John Mawurndjul’s exhibition I am the old and the new, live music, refreshments and networking.
Event will take place at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, 23 November 2019 | 11:00 AM. Free. RSVP required.
Troy is a proud Aboriginal man from Kamilaroi country north-west New South Wales and Co-Founder of Blaklash Projects - a creative agency specialising in the curation of exhibitions, events and bespoke creative projects that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and perspectives. With extensive community engagement experience spanning the government, not-for-profit and higher education sectors, he is passionate about harnessing economic development opportunities to create positive social change for First Nations Australians with a particular focus on contemporary art and the creative industries.
Troy will be joined by a panel of four artists:
Christopher Bassi’s paintings weave together multiple narratives that conjure the complexity of contemporary transcultural experiences. Reflecting on his dual Torres Strait Islander and British heritages as a point of departure his work aims to test the limits of painting to act as an imaginative space and tool for locating oneself in the world. Christopher is a QCA graduate and his work is held in a number of private collections including The Museum of Brisbane. His work ‘Black Palm’ features in 15 Artists 2019, Moreton Bay Regional Council’s annual acquisitive art prize that celebrates the best of contemporary art practice by Australian artists.
Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is a curator working alongside artists and communities on diverse exhibition projects. Following study in Creative Arts, Freja completed a Master of Museum Studies at UQ focussing on Indigenous Art curatorship. Her past projects have focussed on the preservation and promotion of First Nations fibre art and collaborative curatorial approaches. She co-curated Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery (2019) and The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018). Her recent curatorial projects include Weaving the Way, The University of Queensland Art Museum (2019), Seeing Country, Redland Art Gallery (2019) and Around and within, Space Gallery, Sydney (2018).
Libby Harward is a Quandamooka artist of Moreton Bay in Queensland, and a descendent of the Ngugi people from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) living on Yugambeh Country, the Gold Coast. Since completing a Creative Arts Degree in 2000, Libby has worked as an arts worker, social change arts worker, arts in health worker, therapeutic artist, youth worker, community health worker and creative collaborator. She is currently the Creative Director of Creative Inclusive and a lead mentor for emerging artists through DRASTIC Artists Run Initiative.
Born in Alice Springs and currently working in Brisbane, Ryan’s father’s family is Marri Ngarr and originate from the Moyle River region in the Northern Territory. Presley holds a PhD from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and his work is held in public collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Queensland Art Museum, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Ryan’s work The Dunes (How good is Australia) was the winner of 15 Artists 2019, Moreton Bay Regional Council’s annual acquisitive art prize that celebrates the best of contemporary art practice by Australian artists.
Aboriginal art: contemporary perspectives is a Council and Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) initiative. RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.