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Amy Loogatha | Elsie Gabori | Dolly Loogatha | Ethel Thomas | Dorothy Gabori | Agnes Kohler | Joelene Roughsey | Amanda Gabori | Betty Williams | Roxanne Thomas | Renee Wilson | John Williams

Mornington Island Art: Legacies Living On

26 June — 4 September 2021

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Amy Loogatha, Elsie Gabori, Dolly Loogatha, Ethel Thomas, Nyinyilki Ngurruwarra (detail), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 198 x 197 cm. Courtsey of Mornington Island Art Centre

A major exhibition of large-scale collaborative paintings by Lardil and Kaidildt artists on Mornington Island honouring the legacies of Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori”

Legacies Living On articulates the intertwined dreaming and storylines of both the Kaiadilt and Lardil people now based at Mirndiyan Gununa (Mornington Island), paying homage to the leading modern artists from their respective clans.

Twelve contemporary Lardil and Kaidildt artists have worked together to produce a suite of refined collaborative paintings, jointly selecting the eight institutional artworks to exhibited at NorthSite Contemporary Arts as a feature exhibition of CIAF 2021.

This exhibition is dedicated to honouring and celebrating the continuing legacy and impact of the late great abstract painter Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori who in her 80s, inspired the current group of exhibiting Kaiadilt artists Amy Loogatha, Elsie Gabori, Dolly Loogatha, Agnes Kohler; Ethel Thomas; Amanda Gabori and Dorothy Gabori towards their successful artistic careers; depicting the skies, rocks, birthplaces and Country of Bentinck Island through vibrant acrylic paintings. In dialogue with Lardil contemporary artists Joelene Roughsey, Roxanne Thomas, Betty Williams, Renee Wilson and John Williams who through these collaborative works continue to paint Lardil Dreaming and pay homage to the late Lardil artist Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and his rich artistic legacy.

This exhibition is coordinated by Bereline Loogatha, Assistant Manager at Mornington Island Art Centre.

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