Arone Meeks, ‘Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community’ (detail), 2018. Painting on canvas, diptych, 183 x 62 cm. Photo: Carl Warner.

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. 

About the exhibition

Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, the exhibition brought 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 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. 


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Panel discussion on Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, hosted by the State Library of Queensland, with exhibition artists Katina Davidson and Judy Watson, and Co-curator Gail Mabo, facilitated by Umbrella Studio Director, Kate O’Hara.

Tour dates

8 September27 October 2019
9 November 201926 January 2020
7 February22 March 2020
7 December 202028 February 2021
22 March13 June 2021
26 August7 November 2021
22 October 20225 February 2023

Queensland Reconciliation Awards 2024

2024 Queensland Reconciliation Awards_Highly Commended

M&G QLD and Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts were delighted to receive a Highly Commended at the 2024 Queensland Reconciliation Awards in the Partnership Category, for our travelling exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo. The Awards were held in Gimuy (Cairns) on Monday 27 May during Reconciliation week.

From July 2019 to February 2023, this inspiring exhibition travelled more than 8,900km across Australia and engaged over 53,400 people.

The Partnerships category was sponsored by QUT, and was presented by the Premier of Queensland, Steven Miles, MP, and Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch, MP.


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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo was a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It was 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 was 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.


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An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.
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