Exploring diverse themes from identity to postcolonial theory, feminism to street culture, Manningham Art Gallery’s annual National Reconciliation Week Exhibition proudly showcases the unique voices of contemporary Indigenous artists from across Victoria.
This year’s exhibition features work by Aunty Marlene Gilson, Cassie Leatham and emerging artist Pierra Van Sparkes.
Coming to art late in life, Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) Elder Aunty Marlene Gilson employs a naïve painting style referencing both Aboriginal and colonial European art history. Her wonderfully dynamic scenes, often featuring multiple narratives, explore Aboriginal myth and family stories from pre-colonisation, to historical moments such as the Victorian gold rush, through to the present day.
Cassie Latham's practice explores traditional Aboriginal artefacts, their cultural significance, methods and materials of production. Employing a wide variety of techniques, her clothing, jewellery and decorative works are inspired by the stories told by Elders in her home community of Ramahyuck in Gippsland.
Emerging artist Pierra Van Sparkes' work is inspired by the shared history, feelings and encounters that shape lived experiences of Aboriginality amidst a diverse range of Indigenous identities. Working with photography and digital media, she aims to interrogate mythscapes that inform notions of Indigenous authenticity and the modes in which these notions manifest. Her work has featured in The University of Melbourne’s Under Bunjil magazine, and at the Koorie Heritage Trust’s 2016 Koorie Art Show, at which her piece Blackfulla Bingo was awarded the RMIT University Award.
National Reconciliation Week 2017 Launch Event
Friday 26 May, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Fibre Weaving Workshop with Cassie Leatham
Saturday 10 June, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Located at the entrance to Manningham City Square, Manningham Art Gallery presents a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions and related public programs throughout the year. Learn more about the Manningham Art Gallery.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm