upcoming Exhibitions

Greg Semu - The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) 2017

04-Apr-2017 - 22-Apr-2017
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The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) is Semu’s most recent and ambitious project to date, whereby he has assigned himself the task of questioning the fact or fiction of the painterly recorded history of colonisation by referencing two culturally significant paintings: first, Theodore Géricault's 1819 masterwork, The Raft of the Medusa and secondly, The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand, 1898 by English-born Louis John Steele and New Zealander Charles F. Goldie. Grasping photography’s traditional perception as a device for representing truth, Semu has photographically recreated the epic sea voyage using residents of the Cook Islands; consequently fusing and appropriating ideals from the two referenced paintings to cement art historically and for the first time an often shared Māori depiction of the true events surrounding their ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.

‘I want my images to be iconic and significant in a world sense, tribulation to the collaboration of the displaced, frozen and distilled in a frame: testaments that transcend geography and generations, transfiguring the ambiguous power and affirmation of photography and art.’

 - Greg Semu

 The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) was exhibited at the NGV International, Melbourne from 10 June to 11 September 2016. Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the complete series commercially for the first time. 

EXHIBITION POSTPONED. ALTERNATIVE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER IN 2017. PLEASE CONTACT ALCASTON GALLERY FOR MORE INFORMATION

Image: Greg Semu, The Raft, 2014-2016, Digital C-type print 

© Greg Semu and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI: PROGRESSION 2017

30-Jun-2017 - 22-Jul-2017
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"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "

-  Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017

It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium. 

An article on the artist and her forthcoming exhibition  is in the latest 20th anniversary edition of The Art Collector magazine. 

Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

Hermannsburg Potters: Lyilhama - Music 2017

30-Jun-2017 - 22-Jul-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present this small collection of ceramics by the renowned Hermannsburg Potters. Lyilhama – meaning music, or song - depicts scenes of Indigenous musicians, concert performances, visiting community bands and songs – all based around the artists’ personal experiences and memories of music.  Exhibiting artists: Rahel Kngwarriya Ungwanaka, Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Hayley Panangka Coulthard, Anita Mbitjana Ratara, Beth Mbitjana Inkamala, Caroline Kamaarra Forbes.

Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.

The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally. 

Image: Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Pitjantjatjara Boy (Isaac Yamma), 2016 (AK20625) Terracotta nd underglazes, 50 x 30 cm. 

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - ALCASTON GALLERY

14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017
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Alcaston Gallery will be participating in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017.  Exhibiting artists: Naomi Hobson, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Shirley Macnamara and Ceramicists/Stone carvers from Coen – Naomi Hobson, Don KullaKulla, Alfred Thompson, Cindy Thompson, Delma Rokeby and Josie KullaKulla, John Gunawarra. 

Alcaston Gallery has a proud history participating in CIAF from inception , representing and supporting Queensland Indigenous artists both independent and in conjunction with Art Centres  for nearly 30 years .  

In CIAF2017  our focus is on Coen in central Cape York Peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east and the Aurukun wetlands to the west. Showcasing for the first time the emergence of talented ceramicists under the guidance of painter Naomi Hobson now one of Queensland’s  best known artist will surprise and delight.

Alcaston Gallery will also exhibit paintings ,prints  ceramics, sculpture  and weavings from artists referencing land, culture, climate change and lifestyle –  artists with a unique view and individuality- Director Beverly Knight says “art lovers trust our eye and know we share the importance for supporting artists  and the pathway to a career. We encourage  CIAF visitors to support the artists and their endeavours.

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - BEVERLY KNIGHT ART & BUSINESS

14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017
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Sally Gabori : presented by Beverly Knight Art + Business will be exhibiting at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017 

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