Indigenous art on display

LAUNCH: Acting Curatorial Manager of Australian Art for GOMA Kyla McFarlane describes the current Redland Art Gallery exhibition as significant.
LAUNCH: Acting Curatorial Manager of Australian Art for GOMA Kyla McFarlane describes the current Redland Art Gallery exhibition as significant.

The My Country I Still Call Australia Home and Nandeebie Dreemz exhibitions was launched at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland on May 12.

More than a hundred people gathered to view the exhibition formed from highlights of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and featuring 25 works from 20 artists.

Speaking at the launch Acting Curatorial Manager of Australian Art for GOMA Kyla McFarlane said it was the biggest undertaking in GOMA’s history for aboriginal and Torrest Strait islanders.

“It’s a compelling exhibition that doesn’t shy away from complex issues.  It has a lot to say about connections and history.  My country is the spine that moves through the show,” she said.  

“This is a significant exhibition with a respectful relationship.   It is important to have it in this space.”

The My Country exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, fibre art, prints and photography exploring the culture and country of Queensland’s indigenous people.

Nandeebie Dreemz showcases Aboriginal women artists working in the digital space, including local artists Venessa Williams Starzynski and Tamara Whyte. The exhibition runs in conjunction with Nandeebie Screen, a showcase of local and international indigenous films at Redland Performing Arts Centre on May 20 and 21.

The exhibition continues until June 25.  Opening hours are 9am to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm on Sunday.  Admission is free.