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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 (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.


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