TRAVELLING ART: Giovanna Barba (nee Yow Yeh) and her son, Ahli Barba, take a closer look during Community Elders, Past and Present at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.
TRAVELLING ART: Giovanna Barba (nee Yow Yeh) and her son, Ahli Barba, take a closer look during Community Elders, Past and Present at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

Hundreds admire Gladstone NAIDOC week show

IN CELEBRATION of National NAIDOC Week from July 3 to 10, hundreds of visitors took time out to explore My Country, I still call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland and Community Elders, Past and Present exhibition at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, with origins tracing back to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s that sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of indigenous Australians.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home is a touring exhibition developed by Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, featuring works by Queensland indigenous artists from the Queensland Art Gallery’s extensive collection.

With more than 25 works by 20 artists, the exhibition examines the associations and interpretations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have to country (land and nation).

This diverse exhibition includes artworks of indigenous Australian painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints and photography, exploring the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland’s indigenous peoples.

Community Elders, Past and Present features a selection of photographs taken in the Gladstone region, from the 1920s to present day.

The front windows of the Gallery & Museum are hosting Shadow Figures (2015) by local artist, Jiman and Bundjalung woman Belynda (Bindi) Waugh, which were previously displayed as part of the 2015 Gladstone Region Artists Windows project.

The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and admission is free.

For more information phone 49766766.