This exhibition presents pots made by the coil method with hand-moulded figures of animals or bush tucker or historical themes on the lids by a group of unique and talented artists that celebrates the diversity of art practice taking place in contemporary Indigenous communities. The artists paint their country as seamless landscapes around the full-bellied forms of the container pots, each of which is guarded by a desert animal or another creature, as the potters say, 'from our minds'.
Thirty seven pots in the exhibition, Insight, were collected over a ten year period by a private collector and generously donated to the Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2009.
The collection features works by Irene Mbitjana Entata, Carol Panangka Rontji, Judith Pungkarta Inkamala, Clara Ngala Inkamala, Ester Ngala Kennedy, Lindy Panangka Rontji, Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Dawn Ngala Wheeler and Rahel Kngwarria Ungwanaka.
Insight: The Hermannsburg Potters Collection of the Moreton Bay Region is a travelling exhibition developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.
Tour Dates 2012
Redland Art Gallery: 5 February - 11 March
The Gallery @ Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, VIC: 28 April - 3 June
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum: 2 July - 27 August
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery: 21 September - 28 October
Latrobe Regional Gallery: 10 November - 13 January 2013
Tour Dates 2013
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 25 January - 17 March
Caloundra Regional Gallery: 17 April - 26 May
White Gums Gallery, Chinchilla: 31 May - 27 June
World Theatre Gallery, Charters Towers: 3 August - 25 August
Artspace Mackay: 30 August - 20 October
Banner image above: Hayley Coulthard, Palm Valley Story, 2010. Terracotta and underglaze, 43 x 31 x 31 cm.