Legacy: Reflections on Mabo
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Kioki Mabo, and the ongoing influence and impact he has had on Australian society and culture.
This travelling exhibition brings together 26 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, 27 years after this historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism or legacy. The artworks come together in surprising ways, with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is the first major exhibition to explore the life and legacy of Eddie Koiki Mabo from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
This exhibition is the first to incorporate significant curatorial direction by the Mabo family, and is unique in the way that the entire show is commissioned artworks created specifically for this project that have never been seen before.
This exhibition’s existence, and its significant reach to so many galleries in regions around Australia, means that the conversation about Indigenous rights continues for people of all ages – albeit through another context – art. And hopefully through this thoughtful, personal, and warm curatorial approach, Eddie’s story can be engaged with from a multitude of current perspectives, rather than being seen as something to examine from afar – through the distance of time.
|Jim Paterson||Judy Watson|
|"It's, The Economy, Stupid!", 2017, charcoal and Conte on Somerset cotton paper 300gsm, 91 x 120cm||mabo legacy with resistance pins, 2019, acrylic, graphite and lumocolour pencil on canvas, 180 x 100cm|
|Redland Art Gallery, QLD||8 September – 27 October 2019|
|Maitland Art Gallery, NSW||9 November 2019 – 26 January 2020|
|Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW||7 February – 22 March 2020|
|Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA||2 May – 14 June 2020|
|Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS||27 June – 2 August 2020|
|Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, VIC||31 October 2020 – 17 January 2021|
|Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA||5 March – 13 June 2021|
|Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA||3 July – 15 August 2021|
|Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries, QLD||26 August – 24 October 2021|
|Australian National Maritime Museum, NSW||TBC|
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.