Celebrate NAIDOC Week with contemporary Aboriginal art at Redland Art Gallery

Redland City Council is celebrating NAIDOC Week (7-14 July 2013) by hosting an extraordinary private collection of Aboriginal art at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

An Architect’s Eye: The John Mainwaring Collection will be on show from Sunday 7 July, with an opening event scheduled for 11am.

Council Spokesperson for the Arts, Culture and Innovation Cr Paul Bishop said that everyone was welcome to attend the opening of this first-rate travelling exhibition or to drop in to see it until 18 August 2013.

An Architect’s Eye: The John Mainwaring Collection

Opening event
11am, Sunday 7 July 2013
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
RSVP acceptances by Thursday 4 July 2013
Phone RSVP line on 3030 4163 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au

Floor talk
12 noon, Tuesday 9 July 2013
Exhibition Project Manager John Waldron will speak about works from An Architect’s Eye

An Architect’s Eye is part of award-winning Sunshine Coast architect John Mainwaring’s personal collection of mostly contemporary Aboriginal art,” Cr Bishop said.

“The collection includes works by some of today’s best-known practitioners including Eubena Nampitjin, Gloria Petyarre, Sally Gabori, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Terry Ngamandara Wilson, Netta Loogatha and Elizabeth Nyumi.

“It is no coincidence that we open this exhibition on the first day of NAIDOC Week. It is an opportunity for Council and Redland residents to acknowledge the rich cultural contribution of Aboriginal artists in general and those contributions of our local Quandamooka people – traditional owners of the land and waters we call Redlands.

“Local Aboriginal Elder Joan Hendriks, affectionately known as Aunty Joan, will begin the proceedings with a Welcome to Country ceremony and the local Yulu-burri-ba dancers will perform at the opening event.

“Then we will hear from collection owner John Mainwaring, whose own architectural work has been has been inspired by this collection and, in particular, by the patterning, geometries, abstraction, layering, structures, shading, surface textures, that are so integral to many of the works,” Cr Bishop said.

For a more in-depth understanding of the collection, Exhibition Project Manager John Waldron will speak about works from An Architect’s Eye at a free public floor talk at the gallery at 12 noon, Tuesday 9 July 2013.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland and is open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Sundays.

Artwork credit: All the Fish in the Sea 2005, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Acrylic on canvas 420 x 195 cm, purchased from Mornington Island Arts & Crafts via WAG.


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