New temporary public art– striking photography not to be missed


Redland City Council yesterday unveiled a stunning reproduction of a photograph by nationally-acclaimed artist Christian Thompson in its latest rotation of temporary large-scale public art installations.

Christian Thompson’s Black Gum 2 photograph from his ‘Australian Graffiti’ series will be on prominent display in Cleveland and Dunwich until July 2017.

A reproduction of Christian Thompson’s Black Gum 2 (2008) has been temporarily installed on the wall of Council’s main administration building adjacent to the Redland Art Gallery, Middle Street, Cleveland.

Born in Gawler in South Australia in 1978, Christian Thompson is an artist of Bidjara heritage, who works across video, photography, sculpture, performance and sound.

The visually-striking Black Gum 2 depicts a cascade of gum flowers falling from the hood of a black jumper, and is part of the My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland exhibition.

The public art installation offers a sneak peak of this regional touring exhibition from Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), which will be on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 14 May – 25 June 2017.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland features more than 25 works by 20 artists.

It includes artworks from the QAGOMA’s holdings of Indigenous Australian painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints and photography which explore the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Black Gum 2 banners will be displayed on the wall adjacent to the Redland Art Gallery, Middle Street, Cleveland and on Harold Walker Jetty at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

These sites will host changing displays of temporary art as part of Creative Arts Redlands’ Public Art Program.

Black Gum 2 replaces Twice Removed – Quandamooka by Megan Cope, which has been displayed since September 2016.

For more details on My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland and other upcoming exhibitions, visit Redland Art Gallery.

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