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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

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, the exhibition brings together a selection of 22 works by 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, almost three decades 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.


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: 8 May - 14 June 2020 - cancelled

Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS: 27 June - 2 August 2020 - cancelled

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Melbourne, VIC: 7 December 2020 - 28 February 2021

Tour Dates 2021

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 22 March - 13 June 2021

Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA: 8 July - 15 August 2021

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 26 August - 7 November 2021


Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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.


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