Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Anna Bligh
GALLERY UNVEILS ABORIGINAL FIBRE ART COLLECTION
Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh has announced the Queensland Art Gallery will showcase its extensive collection of contemporary Aboriginal fibre art in a major exhibition opening 1 August.
Premier Bligh said Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) until 18 October, includes up to 350 works by more than 100 established and emerging Indigenous artists from every state and territory.
"Floating Life is extraordinarily diverse and demonstrates the full range of fibre art-making techniques and approaches," Ms Bligh said.
"The Gallery's contemporary Aboriginal fibre art collection is the most far reaching of its kind in terms of geographical scope, diversity and conceptual range and reveals the importance of fibre within Aboriginal culture.
"Work on show includes nets and traps, woven mats, conical baskets, spirit figures, dance objects, body adornment and painting and highly coloured balmarra (thread-cross dance frames).
"In addition to 275 art works from the Gallery collection, visitors to the exhibition will also view an unprecedented display of 75 Morning Star poles from Arnhem Land."
Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said works by well-known artists Gulumbu Yunupingu, Shirley MacNamara, Yvonne Koomatrie, Lena Yarinkura, Regina Wilson and Jonathan Jones were among those featured.
Mr Ellwood said Floating Life was curated by Diane Moon, the Gallery's Curator of Indigenous Fibre Art, who has developed the collection since 2003 in close association with Australian Indigenous artists and their communities.
A fully illustrated colour catalogue accompanies Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art and features three major essays on the exhibition by experts in the field. The publication is available from the Gallery Store and online at www.australianartbooks.com.au
Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art has been sponsored by Gadens Lawyers.