Oct 19

RAW: Our Mob 2011 – Celebration of SA Indigenous Artists – Preview

Our Mob 2011: A Statewide Celebration Of South Australian Indigenous Artists showcases the diversity of Australian Indigenous art from around South Australia.

Now in its sixth year, Our Mob continues to showcase the best of contemporary Indigenous art from all around the state, including the Anangu/Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands in the state’s remote North, as well as Ceduna, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, the Riverland, Mount Gambier, Oodnadatta, and more. Combining exhibitions, an artist-in-residence program, and a forum, Our Mob raises the profile, respect and understanding for South Australian Aboriginal artists.

Three smaller exhibitions will be included as part of the Our Mob 2011 Artist in Residence program: Tjungu Palya, Indulkana – Oodnadatta Coming Together Workshops, and The Spirit of Lake Eyre – Arrabanna Country, which will be on display in the Festival Theatre Foyer from October 26.

Colleen Raven Strangways's Arrcia-ya (magic law man) - 2011 Photograph

Tjungu Palya, meaning Good Together, will feature a selection of works from the Arts Centre of the same name. Tjungu Palya is located 100kms south of Uluru, and is owned, managed, and governed by Aboriginal artists and community elders.

Indulkana – Oodnadatta Coming Together Workshops will feature prints from a series of screen printing workshops held in Indulkana and Oodnadatta (some 300kms apart) earlier this year. These workshops, led by Melbourne-based artist Sue Anderson, produced prints that reflect the coming together of a people with a shared family and cultural heritage.

Spirit of Lake Eyre – Arrabanna Country is a photographic exhibition by Arrabanna photographer, Colleen Raven Strangways, which sets out to capture the essence of Lake Eyre. The Arrabanna people have strong beliefs and many stories about the lake, and Colleen aims to express the importance of these stories about her people today.

Colleen Raven Strangways's Arrabunna woman - 2011 Photograph

Another component in this year’s program is the Our Mob 2011 Forum: ‘South Australian Indigenous artists: past works and future exhibitions’, held on Wednesday 26 October. Join artists, art workers and curators from across South Australia for a morning of talks and presentations about South Australian Indigenous art, including discussions on past and future exhibitions. This will be followed by afternoon viewings of the Ernabella Arts Exhibition and the newly reopened Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum, and the official opening of Our Mob 2011 at 6:00pm at Artspace Gallery.

Our Mob is supported by Arts SA through a project grant from the Community Arts Development program. The success of the exhibition is dependent on the partnerships between project initiator, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Ananguku Arts and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, as well as Country Arts SA Arts Officers, Tandanya, and regional and remote community art centre managers.

All works on display in Our Mob 2011 are available for purchase with the majority of money being returned to the artists and communities.

Venue: Artspace Gallery and Festival Theatre foyer, Adelaide Festival Centre

(Access via Festival Drive, or Dunstan Playhouse Foyer)

Disability access via Festival Bridge from North Terrace, or Adelaide Festival Centre Amphitheatre ramp

Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 12 – 4pm, Thurs 12 – 8pm.

When: 26 October – 11 December 2011

Cost: FREE entry (all works for sale)

For further information visit: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

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