We had around 200 people for the opening night in Brisbane – open in Brisbane until 17 October (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm; Sat 10am to 4pm). What a lovely night it was. Wangkangurru Elder Don Rowlands, and his wife Lyn were flown in from Birdsville / Wirrarri by Flying Arts Alliance. Grace Grace, member for Brisbane Central, was also there to talk, as did Stephen, the CEO of Flying Arts. Flying Arts and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts did a wonderful job of setting up the show. Thank you to Chrissy, Derek, Greg and Geoffrey for taking these photos of the night.
Brisbane is the second venue in a tour of Grounded to 12 galleries in Australia by Flying Arts Alliance Inc. (The current touring schedule is at the end of this post). The accompanying photography masterclass in Brisbane is on Sunday 11 October (bookable through Flying Arts Alliance ).
For those new to the blog, the Grounded exhibition, a commission by Glasgow Life for Festival 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, has also shown since at An Lanntair Art Gallery in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, as a partner event at Hebtember Festival.
Feedback on the Glasgow Festival 2014, XX Commonwealth Games exhibition can be linked to here.
The Colour of Language arts educational project came out of Grounded’s showing at An Lanntair in Stornoway, Scotland. The Colour of Language frieze is growing and now almost big enough to cover a wall at An Lanntair Gallery in Stornoway, with the latest additions by some children from Hazelwood North school in Gippsland, Australia. If you are interested in joining in you can contact me through this blog here.
The story of my time in jail in Alice Springs, subsequent lack of conviction in court, and implications of this story for the local Aboriginal population, can be linked to here. Then here for the court process following arrest. And a response to the Alice Springs jail post by Professor Smith can be found here.
Three audiovisuals that were part of Grounded, (Wadlu-gnana; Freumhaichte; Who Cares for Country) can be watched here
The book that accompanied the exhibition can be found at Exhibition explanatory book
Joe’s educational video of me talking about the exhibition can be viewed here.
A review by Dr Kate Robinson can be found here. And you can listen to a cut down recording of “In Conversation: Connecting through Culture” at this Vimeo link. (16 mins.) (One of our afternoon events at Glasgow Festival 2014 showing). Or listen to some music from one of our Glasgow afternoon events here.
A radio interview with BBC Radio Scotland Voices of the Commonwealth, which explores some of the concepts behind Grounded, is now available for listening to here.
The introductory page for the blog can be found here.
The Grounded residency diary entries begin here in Scotland and then in Australia here. This is a record of my thoughts whilst gathering the material. These thoughts and images inform the production but are not part of the final exhibition.
Some other sites that link to Grounded can be found here
Funder acknowledgements can be viewed here
At this stage the tour schedule is as follows. There are still also a couple of spaces available for further bookings:
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery, Dogwood Crossing 24 July 2015 – 8 September 2015
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts 30 September 2015 – 17 October 2015
Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah 28 January 2016 – 29 February 2016
David Harvey Sutton Gallery, Cloncurry 15 March 2016 – 30 April 2016
Texas Regional Gallery 28 May 2016 – 9 July 2016
Gympie Regional Gallery 23 August 2016 – 29 September 2016
Gallery 107 Dalby 14 October 2016 – 8 November 2016
Tableland Regional Art Gallery, Atherton 14 March 2017 – 23 April 2017
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery 5th May 2017 – 28th June 2017
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery 20 July to 9 September 2017