As international and Australian visitors descend on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gallery at HOTA is proud to share art that celebrates the world’s oldest continuing culture.
The gallery has one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia that has been developed through numerous donations and by actively acquiring works by Australia’s leading Indigenous artists.
The collection is broad in scope and includes examples from many significant Indigenous arts communities; and features both traditional, contemporary and urban works across all media. Across Country is the first significant appraisal of the Gallery’s collection that seeks to identify themes, stories and connections between the many artists and works represented.
Creating art as a medium of exchange and communication; human condition, kinship, history and the natural and spiritual environments will be explored through a selection of paintings, photography, prints, drawings and three-dimensional objects.
Avril Quaill is guest curator of the exhibition. Founding co-member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Quaill has worked as a curator at National Gallery of Australia and Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
Across Country: Indigenous work from the collection is a free exhibition on display from Sat 24 Feb to Wed 25 Apr
Image: Clarise NAMPIJINPA POULSON, Yankirri Jukurpa (Emu Dreaming) 1993, synthetic polymer paint on linen, Judges Selection, 1993 Gold Coast City Conrad Jupiters Art Prize focusing on the Art of Indigenous Australia.