Exploring the Collection: Contemporary Aboriginal Prints
15 November 2014 - 17 January 2015
Australian printmaking has experienced a resurgence in the last 20 years, with leading Indigenous artists adapting traditional stories to the medium. The printing techniques used by artists in this exhibition highlight the modern quality of Indigenous art and iconography that has been practised across Australia for millennia. Artists represented in the exhibition include Rover Thomas, Judy Watson, Kitty Kantilla, Arone Meeks and Queenie McKenzie.
Image: Ginger Wikilyiri Kumamata 2009, silkscreen ed. 21/40 from the Red Sands and Rockholes portfolio. Presented in 2010 by Dr Ann Lewis AO
Black Harvest: Works by Andy Devine and Peter Tilley
1 November – 23 December 2014
Tilley said, “The collaborative 3D collages and sculptural pieces, assembled from paintings, printing plates and objects either found or made, embrace the idea that the works remain open to a multiplicity of meanings and interpretations. Duality of meaning is an aspect that we have consistently pursued and consciously incorporated in our work. There is an apparent simplicity to the objects and images yet they are richly symbolic and capable of multiple or contradictory interpretations. This is an area of primary importance to us both. The symbolism can be read as a metaphor for humankind’s disregard for the natural world. There is also an undercurrent of the lived experience both of us have weathered before settling in Newcastle.”