SURF’S UP: Part of the Saltwater Country display.
SURF’S UP: Part of the Saltwater Country display. Contributed

Indigenous art exhibition opens this weekend

GLADSTONE Regional Art Gallery and Museum is looking forward to hosting Saltwater Country from August 15-October 3.

It's a major touring exhibition of contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

The exhibition features more than 50 works by 16 of Queensland's most acclaimed indigenous artists, including evocative images of Queensland's coast, sand and sea, examining its cultural importance and connection to country.

Saltwater Country's celebrated Queensland artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Michael Cook, Daniel Boyd, Fiona Foley, Rosella Namok, Mavis Ngallametta, Laurie Nilsen, Napolean Oui, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday, Alick Tipoti, Ian Waldron, Judy Watson, and new talents Megan Cope, Ryan Presley and Erub Arts.

Curated by Michael Aird and Virginia Rigney, Saltwater Country offers audiences a unique insight into the historical, environmental and personal concerns of the artists and their strong cultural connections to 'their' saltwater country - Queensland's coastline, sea and waterways.

"The saltwater country is a place of bounty and these places facilitate movement and contact, with tidal and seasonal flows structuring the rhythms of the day and the year, with dramatic times of flood and storm bringing renewal and change," Virginia Rigney said.

"The coastal edge is also currently charged with concerns over environmental change, pollution and human impact.

"In making artworks about these issues, artists are redefining the practice of caring for this meeting point between land and sea."

Saltwater Country is a touring initiative developed in partnership between Museums and Galleries Queensland and Gold Coast City Gallery.

The regional gallery, on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone, is open 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

Admission is free.