The major solo survey of paintings by the late incomparable Sally Gabori at the distinguished Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France has been received with worldwide praise and acclaim - and deservedly so! 

The landmark international exhibition was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Anthony Albanese MP at the glamourous opening event held on Friday 1st July 2022. Following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Albanese spent an hour enjoying the exhibition and meeting members of the Gabori family, after which he offered a moving speech, paying homage to the extraordinary legacy of the late Sally Gabori, and the significant impact of her life and art on audiences worldwide.

2nd August 2022

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori feature on Living Black, NITV

NITV's Living Black program recently aired a feature program on the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori.

Including interviews with Alcaston Gallery Director and Agent for the Estate, Beverly Knight as well as Sally Gabori's family, including her daughters Dorothy, Amanda and Elsie Gabori, and her great-grand daughter Tori Juwarnda Wilson Gabori, Living Black's investigation details the recent battle to protect the artist's legacy and estate and celebrates Sally Gabori's significant exhibition in Paris.

The program can be previewed here

12th July 2022

PM Anthony Albanese attended the launch of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori's exhibition in Paris

PM Anthony Albanese attended the launch of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori's exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. Mr Albanese also met the late artist's family, Tori and Narelle Gabori (great-granddaughters of Sally Gabori), and Amanda Jane Gabori Dibirdibi (daughter of Sally Gabori).

4th July 2022

Reflections from Paris.

Sally Gabori’s daughter, Amanda Jane Gabori Dibirdibi, and two of her great-granddaughters, Narelle Gabori and Tori Juwarnda Wilson Gabori have travelled to Paris for the opening of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France, to celebrate this significant exhibition and honour their mother and great-grandmothers legacy.  Joined by Beverly Knight and Alcaston Gallery staff, Adriana Del Medico and Kaitlyn Gibson, the past week has been filled many special events paying tribute to Sally Gabori’s legacy as one of Australia’s greatest artists.

Following the official opening of the exhibition on Sunday 3 July, the family attended a very special event on Monday evening at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain ‘Songs of Belonging with Deborah Cheetham AO, Toni Lalich & Chineke! Chamber Ensemble” where renowned Australian soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO (of the Yorta Yorta people) presented a bespoke recital of works for and as part of the Sally Gabori exhibition, with the world premiere of Dibirdibi, a homage to Sally Gabori in the Kayardilt language.

The following evening, Amanda, Tori and Narelle joined by Kayardilt linguist and anthropologist, Nicholas Evans, and Australian Indigenous Art Specialists, Bruce Johnson McLean and Judith Ryan discussed Sally Gabori’s artistic and cultural legacy, paying tribute an artist, whose work continues to fascinate for its spontaneous, luminous, and profoundly original character.

On behalf of Gabori’s family and the gallery, we congratulate and thank the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain on such an important and beautiful exhibition and program of events.  

8th July 2022

Shirley Macnamara, currently exhibiting at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2022 and Cairns Art Gallery

Alcaston Gallery represented artist, Shirley Macnamara is currently featured in two major exhibitions in Cairns, Queensland.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) returns in 2022 with its inaugural Big Sculpture Showcase featuring Queensland’s most highly regarded Indigenous artists including Shireley, with her work ‘Through the Gidgea and Gum Trees. Over Spinifex Ridges and Black Soil Plains’. Interwoven with horseshoes, horsehair, spinifex, ochre, steel and copper wire, Shirley’s sculpture is a ‘vessel for memory’ - carrying within it the essence of the land from which it was formed.

Shirley is also currently featured in the Cairns Art Gallery’s FACELESS: Transforming Identity exhibition with her installation ‘Mourning For Loss’. Reminiscent of a traditional women’s funeral rite, Shirley’s spinifex-based ochre mourning cap are fragile vessels formed from the earth that offer an outwards display of grief, respect and mourning for a loss of Country.


For those in Cairns in July 2022 we invite you to listen to Shirley speak about her practice at the CIAF Symposium: Masters of Country on 7 July 2022 8.30am – 3.30pm at the Cairns Convention Centre or at her Artist Talk for the FACELESS exhibition at the Cairns Art Gallery 8 July 2022, 11.30am - 12.30pm.

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