IMPACT: Reweaving Storylines brings together local sympathetic textile and fibre artists in collaboration to reweave the story lines of white history to reveal more details of the colonisation of Australia. As Victorians consider the treaty process currently unfolding, these aspects and their impact on the present show us threads from the past we cannot afford to ignore.
This exhibition is about the interaction between Aboriginal Australia and colonial settlers. Using indigenous and introduced fibres, plants and techniques, Ceilidh Meo, Lorraine Brigdale and Sophie Marie Graham explore how differences of culture and perspective, language and values impact on people living in a mixed society, and the impact of that modern society on our ancient land. With the theme of this year's NAIDOC Week being Voice, Truth, Treaty, it's a great opportunity to remind people that the history of colonial settlement is brutal, inhumane and undignified.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Greater Bendigo for this exhibition to ensure that the skills of these three female artists can be demonstrated to a wider community audience.
IMPACT runs Wed - Sun, 10am - 4pm between Sept 12 and Sept 22 at Dudley House, 60 View St, Bendigo, with the official opening on Saturday Sept 14 from 2-4pm.