(detail) Venere, dio del sesso, perché il mio corpo non può essere rispettato? (Venus, god of sex, why can’t my body be respected?), Ella-Maude Wilson

SALA Exhibition | Gathered

Gathered celebrates a diverse range of contemporary art created by local emerging and established artists from various First Nations groups.

Join us at Carclew for our SALA exhibition, Gathered, curated by Carclew's 2020 Resident Curator, Christina Massolino. Closes Friday 30 October.

Gathered places emphasis on the importance of appreciating, listening to and understanding First Nations peoples' voices. The need for racial equity has always existed and been fought for, yet recent events and protests have propelled this fight. This exhibition serves as a gathering point for individuals to come together to support and celebrate First Nations artists and their strong ability to express their culture and experiences through visually and conceptually compelling contemporary art.

NOTE: Gathered spreads across our Foyer Gallery and Ballroom. As the Ballroom space is sometimes occupied for other purposes, we recommend that you call ahead to ensure you will have access to the whole exhibition. Call 08 8267 5111.

NOTE: The Ballroom will be unavaliable for viewing on Monday 28 September due to other commitments.

We have a COVID Safe plan in place and social distancing restrictions will be adhered to. Please enter and exit through the main front doors of Carclew House.

Featuring artists:
Carly Dodd (Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri)
Cedric Varcoe (Ngarrindjeri, Narungga)
Chantal Henley (Nughi, Mununjali)
Iteka Sanderson-Bromley (Adnyamathanha, Narungga, Yarluyandi)
Jimblah (Larrakia)
Mali Isabel (Arabana, Kokatha)
Rachael Anderson (Adnyamathanha)
Shane Mankitya Kookaburra (Guwa, Wulli Wulli)
Temaana Sanderson-Bromley (Adnyamathanha, Narungga, Yarluyandi)

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Curator Statement

A multitude of mediums are presented in Gathered, highlighting the incredible blend of traditional artistic techniques and invaluable cultural knowledge with a contemporary outlook. The artworks collectively form a discussion around ongoing issues First Nations people face; demanding the attention of the wider community to acknowledge and provide active support and action.

Textile designer Chantal Henley’s (Nughi/Mununjali) Gathered Tides ‘pays homage to the many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities that collect, gather and live on country’, reminding us that these traditional practices are not only part of ‘history’, but that they still exist today. This piece sets an important tone to the exhibition, interacting with the works, particularly the more non-traditional, to provide a visual reminder of the cultural interconnectedness and immediateness of each artist’s story, regardless of their chosen medium.

This blend of artworks also helps to discuss how racism, gender expression and sexuality rights, high suicide rates, disproportionate incarceration rates among other significant current issues faced by First Nations people within Australia are a direct threat to the preservation of culture. Placing works that discuss basic human rights alongside culturally expressive works that discuss land and traditional cultural practices intends to encourage audiences to consider how they are interconnected, and how many of these issues are a greater extension of the devastating initial effects of invasion.

Banner image: Ngankini, Iteka Sanderson-Bromley, 2019, hand painted silk stretched on canvas


Contact Details

Bethany Ashley-Ward
08 8230 1104