Make a visit to Caloundra Regional Gallery a priority to experience a limited-time exhibition celebrating First Nations Peoples artwork that will be unveiled on Saturday, July 18.

Drawn from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, the exhibition works tell the stories of Country, both connection to, and the removal from, and reflect the past and current future of the oldest continuing culture in the world.

Community Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the exhibition featured local and nationally significant First Nations artists and their stories.

“This is the first time in the Gallery’s 20 year history that the complete holdings of First Nations Peoples artworks from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection will be on display together,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Collection has become a significant community asset and it’s a special moment to be able to share these works with the community in one exhibition that celebrates and represents expressions of First Nations culture through art.

“I encourage everybody to make a visit to the gallery and immerse themselves in these exceptionally strong artworks and stories.”

Council’s Sunshine Coast Art Collection Curator Nina Shadforth said the collection included works by a number of renowned artists.

“The complete suite of Tony Albert’s 50perCENT series gifted by the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program will be on display. These works signify a reframing of identity, reimagining current pop culture heroes and spokespeople for Indigenous youth,” Ms Shadforth said.

“The exhibition will display three works by the first ever Sunshine Coast Art Prize winner Shane Pickett. These works are depictions of his Country in Western Australia, the Glass House Mountains and a sunset during a hail storm, inspired by the first time he ever saw hail, which was painted during a residency here on the Sunshine Coast.

“Bianca Beetson’s work gives a contemporary take on loss through her ‘Self-portrait’ series recently gifted by the artist to the Collection.

“The First Nations Artworks exhibition presents a well-rounded selection of contemporary new media works and traditional paintings that are a celebration, plus collaborative pieces of community working together.”

Several works were acquired through Sunshine Coast Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan and through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Exhibiting artists:

Tony Albert

Bianca Beetson

Steven Bond

Paul Constable-Calcott

Arthur Conlan

Joyce Crain

Bridgette Chilly Davis

Michael Cook

Joanne Currie Nalingu

Lyndon Davis

Belle Hartnell

Margaret Loy Pula

Dale Manns

Jason Murphy

Nuuna

Hope O’Chin

Shane Pickett

Roanna Rendall

Melinda Serico

Reggie Sultan-Pengarte

The exhibition will close on Sunday, August 2.

Visit the gallery website for details gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Public programs

When: Wednesday, July 22, 7pm

DetailsFrom the Artist live chat via the gallery’s Facebook page with artist Lyndon Davis.

When: Wednesday, July 29, 7pm

DetailsFrom the Artist live chat via the gallery’s Facebook page with artist Bianca Beetson.

Caloundra Regional Gallery acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kabi Kabi Peoples and the Jinibara Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast and recognises that these have always been and continue to be places of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance.

We respectfully advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that the First Nations Artwork exhibition includes images, works and names of deceased First Nations Peoples.

About the Sunshine Coast Art Collection

There are more than 300 works held in the Sunshine Coast Art Collection including paintings, photographs, works on paper, prints, sculpture, ceramics and textiles.

The collection, established in the late 1960s, has grown in strength and focus, particularly over the past decade.

The collection aims to reflect and celebrate the character and culture of the Sunshine Coast through artworks that have a connection to the people and places of the region, and to preserve and display a collection of state and national significance through its broader holdings of contemporary Australian Art.

Over the past 11 years, thanks to the Gallery’s nationally recognised annual acquisitive art prize, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the collection’s holdings of works by leading local and national artists have benefitted. The subsequent donations made by awarded artists from the prize, along with generous donations made by exhibiting artists at the Gallery have become an important source of acquiring contemporary Australian Art for the collection.

By approaching collecting in a strategic manner that reflects the culture of the Sunshine Coast and broader contemporary Australian arts practice, the Art Collection is building an enduring and significant cultural asset for the region that will continue to grow and be enjoyed by current and future generations.

Skye Leong
Author: Skye Leong

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