‘Online OnCountry Gallery: An exhibition of Aboriginal Contemporary Artists’ will launch for NAIDOC Week 2020. The digital showcase will open at 6pm, Wednesday 11 November and will be available online at taragara.org
“This exhibition will provide some insight into the great range and quality of contemporary art being produced by NSW Aboriginal artists,” said exhibition curator and Badtjala/WakkaWakka artist Michael Brogan. “The artists each bring their own unique creative styles and at the same time reflect the broad and dynamic nature of the cultural footprint of this region.”
Exhibiting artists for the inaugural exhibition are Warwick Keen (Gomeroi/Gamilaraay), Brentyn Lugnan (Gumbaynggirr) and Frank Wright (Gamilaroi).
The showcase had originally been planned as a physical exhibition earlier in the year. However, COVID-19 restrictions made the possibility of exhibiting and gathering in a physical space impossible. Instead, it will be the first exhibition to be held digitally on Taragara Aboriginal Corporation’s new platform – Online OnCountry Gallery.
“The Gallery will be a safe place for cultural and community connection – connection that has been impacted due to this year’s ‘unprecedented’ circumstances,” Mr Brogan said. “The value of the showcase, originally conceived pre-COVID-19, has in fact grown in importance. It offers an opportunity for artists who are seeking news ways to reach audiences, and for the community who have been feeling the impacts of cultural and social isolation.”
Online OnCountry Gallery will also create a register of Aboriginal artists – a database enabling ongoing professional employment opportunities for artists. It will create a platform for cultural exchange, and a marketplace that will benefit Aboriginal artists across the region.
“Some artists have been forced to leave this region (or work in other industries) to find employment and/or audiences,” said Mr Brogan. “Online OnCountry Gallery can bring their work back to Country.”
‘Online OnCountry Gallery: An exhibition of Aboriginal Contemporary Artists’ opens 6pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020. The exhibition and links to a program of video artist talks will be available online at taragara.org
‘Online OnCountry Gallery’ is a cultural initiative that has been created in partnership between Community and Taragara Aboriginal Corporation. This project is funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW and is supported by the University of New England.