Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts), the exhibition brings together a selection of about 30 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement.
Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The works come together in surprising ways with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo will launch at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts in Townsville, Mabo’s home for many years, on 5 July.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is an initiative of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians, and by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Blak Douglas & Adam Geczy, Elisa Jane Carmichael & Sonja Carmichael, Toby Cedar, Dian Darmansjah, Katina Davidson, Shane Fitzgerald, Hayley Megan French, Marion Gaemers, Patricia Hoffie, David Jones, Ian Kaddy, Talitha Kennedy, Jo Lankester, Veronica Lulu & Kim Mahood, Ron McBurnie, Arone Meeks, Jim Paterson, Tommy Pau, Obery Sambo, Anneke Silver, Ken Thaiday Sr. and Judy Watson.
Tour Dates 2019
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, QLD: 5 July - 11 August 2019
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QLD: 8 September - 27 October 2019
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 9 November 2019 - 26 January 2020
Tour Dates 2020
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW: 7 February - 22 March 2020
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA: 2 May - 14 June 2020
Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS: 27 June - 2 August 2020
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Melbourne, VIC: 31 October 2020 - 17 January 2021
Tour Dates 2021
Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA: 5 March - 13 June 2021
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 3 July - 15 August 2021
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 26 August - 24 October 2021
Australian National Maritime Museum, NSW: 19 November 2021 - November 2022
Banner image above: Kim Mahood and Veronica Lulu, Sand Dunes and Fire Scars, Great Sandy Desert (detail), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 80 cm. Photo: Carl Warner.