Rite of Passage is a visionary group exhibition that developed as a response to the significance of the year 2020 – 250 years since James Cook first landed in Australia.
The exhibition aims to reframe the way that we perceive this year in our historyRite of Passage showcases the strength of autobiographical work by eleven contemporary Aboriginal artists from across Australia.
Artists include Glennys Briggs, Megan Cope, Nici Cumpston, Karla Dickens, Julie Gough, Lola Greeno, Leah King-Smith, Jenna Lee, Carol McGregor, Mandy Quadrio, and Judy Watson. Described by curator Shannon Brett as explicit in their actions regarding their Aboriginal rites, the exhibition reveals how these artists define themselves as voices of their families and their ancestors in their quest to preserve their Aboriginality.
Shannon Brett, a former Cairns-based artist/designer/curator, a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka, Butchulla and Gurang Gurang clans.
Listen to the Artists:
Week 1: Carol McGregor & Judy Watson in Conversation with exhibition curator Shannon Brett.
Week 2: Karla Dickens & Megan Cope
Week 3: Nici Cumpston & Glennys Briggs
Week 4: Leah King-Smith & Jenna Lee
Week 5: Lola Greeno & Julie Gough