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"Identity: Indigenous Art of the North Coast" at the Grafton Regional Gallery (July 2008)

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Published Monday, June 30, 2008

An exhibition that draws from the great depth of artistic talent amongst the indigenous artists from the Northern Rivers, "Identity" is an exhibition to visit.

Identity: Indigenous Art of the North Coast is a survey exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery, showcasing 11 leading Indigenous artists of the North coast of NSW, ranging from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads.

 Detail of Bevan Skinner from the Identity exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery

The show encompasses a body of work curated by Indigenous artist and curator, Alison Williams featuring the work of eleven well established Indigenous artists:

  • Alison Williams
  • Digby Moran
  • Frances Belle Parker
  • Karla Dickens
  • Garth Lena
  • Bevan Skinner
  • Chico Monks
  • Robert Appo
  • Natalie Bateman
  • Les Murdoch
  • Oral Roberts

 Bevan Skinner, Alison Williams and Robert Appo

Identity is a more intimate view of each artist’s studio environment and references their links with indigenous art and northern rivers community which includes the Aboriginal homelands of Gumbaingirr, Bundjalung and Yaegl. The area, according to curator Alison Willaims produces art works that in a more contemporary style rather than traditional and the region has a large number of practising indigenous artists.

 Karla Dickens in her studio

The exhibition features ceramics, sculpture and painted works, including the coiled pots of Bevan Skinner and the painted sugar bags by Digby Moran.

Identity is on show at Grafton Regional Gallery from 9th July to the 10th August encompassing NAIDOC week and will officially open at 10am on Friday 11th July.

Sourced from a Press Release and an interview with the curator, Alison Williams by Martin Shub.

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