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Saltwater Country

Saltwater Country is a partnership between Museums & Galleries Queensland and Gold Coast City Gallery. Curated by Michael Aird and Virginia Rigney, Saltwater Country showcases works by 16 of our State’s acclaimed Indigenous artists. 

The works feature stories of historical, environmental and personal concerns, utilising these artists’ strong cultural connections to their saltwater country – Queensland’s coastline, sea and waterways.

M&G QLD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 and Saltwater Country represents a major milestone for us as our first international touring exhibition.

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Saltwater Country is a travelling exhibition developed in partnership between Museums & Galleries Queensland and Gold Coast City Gallery. Curated by Michael Aird and Virginia Rigney. Saltwater Country has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts' Visions of Australia Program, and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and by the City of Gold Coast.

Featured Artists

Vernon Ah Kee, Daniel Boyd, Michael Cook, Megan Cope, Fiona Foley, Rosella Namok, Mavis Ngallametta, Laurie Nilsen, Napolean Oui, Ryan Presley, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday, Alick Tipoti, Ian Waldron, Judy Watson, and a collaborative work by Erub Arts.

Tour dates 2014

Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD: 19 July - 31 August 2014

Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, United States: 15 October - 17 December 2014

Tour dates 2015

Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands: 11 January - 19 April 2015

Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW: 8 May - 28 June 2015

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, QLD: 15 August - 3 October 2015

Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD: 23 October - 29 November 2015

Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 9 December - 31 January 2016

Tour dates 2016

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC: 11 March - 1 May 2016

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA: 6 May - 6 June 2016

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA: 17 June - 31 July 2016

Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW: 13 August - 2 October 2016

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW: 18 November - 29 January 2017


Banner image above: Ian Waldron, The Norman River, Kurtjar Country (Gulf of Carpentaria) (detail), 2014. Acrylic and oil on canvas board, 100 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist and FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Mick Richards.


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