Saltwater Country on show

The work of 16 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be exhibited on the Gold Coast before touring the country and Internationally.

The exhibition aims to capture the cultural and creative experiences of artists as they reclaim their histories, investigate their pasts and establish new ways of caring for Country and community through their artistic practices.

The exhibition will call the Arts Centre Gold Coast home from 19 July to 31 August.


Opening day, 19 July from 11.00am

You probably have preconceived ideas about art openings. But what if we told you you could arrive at this one by a free boat, participate in pop-up workshops, meet artists who’ve travelled from the Torres Strait, hear from the curators and the CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts? Yes. That’s exactly what we’re telling you.

>> take a free water shuttle service from Cavill Ave pontoon in Surfers Paradise. Shuttles run 10.30am – 5.30pm.

>> meet Erub Island born artist Ken Thaiday as he hosts a pop up workshop

>> hear from the curators Virginia Rigney and Michael Airf in conversation with a bunch of exhibition artists

Artists featured in Saltwater Country include: Vernon Ah Kee / Daniel Boyd / Michael Cook/ Megan Cope / Erub Erwer Meta / Fiona Foley/ Rosella Namok / Mavis Ngallametta / Laurie Nilsen/ Napolean Oui /Ryan Presley / Brian Robinson/ Ken Thaiday / Alick Tipoti / Ian Waldron / Judy Watson.


Young Artist Immersion opportunity

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Saltwater Project Young Artist Immersion Day will take place on 20 August. High School students will participate in developing knowledge about Indigenous culture, workshops led by Indigenous artists and real-world discussions about careers in creative industries. Expressions of Interest close 1 August and more information is available from Jodi Ferrari 07) 5581 6567.

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