The TERRA within, a major exhibition which explores the impacts of colonisation and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world is now open in Nowra.
It features powerful artworks by more than 30 Indigenous artists, and seeks to show the multiplicity of opinion and responses to the impact and survival of Indigenous people on the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s voyage to the east coast of Australia.
The free exhibition, at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, includes works from traditional and contemporary artists including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gordon Hookey, Jaz Corr, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Johnny Bulun Bulun, Sally Morgan, Peter Hewitt and Amala Groom.
Warwick Keen, the exhibition’s curator, is an award-winning visual artist from the Gomeroi (Gamilarraay) language group.
He has practiced art for more than 40 years and taught for TAFE NSW for
the past 24 years.
“What you will see is a blending of what I term politically in-your-face type works which are asking people to take into consideration the aboriginal perspective and become a little more aware of the plight of aboriginal people over the past 250 years,” he says.
The exhibition provides a place to celebrate the continuation of culture, knowledge and connection to country.
While admission to the exhibition is free for the public, visitors are asked to consider making a donation through the Donation Tap Point in lieu of entry fees.
The Tap Point terminal at the entry to the exhibition provides a simple contactless and cashless solution for tax-deductible donations allowing patrons to make their donation safely.
Donations go towards growing the exhibition and events program, and help the Gallery continue to deliver exhibitions.
Open til 5 December. Shoalhaven Reginal Gallery, Berry St, Nowra.
Open Tues to Sat 10-4pm.