East Coast Encounter is the name of an exhibition touring the east coast of Australia from May 2014 to June 2017.
According to the publicity, the exhibition is a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by James Cook and his company with Aboriginal people in 1770. The exhibition re-envisages this seminal journey up the east coast by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters. It also brings these events into the present by incorporating artists’ reflections on their relevance today, and their responses to visits to significant contact locations. Topics such as encounter, impact, differing perspectives, nature and culture and views of country are investigated.
Artists include Bianca Beetson, Michael Cook, Neil Healey, Peter Hudson, Adam Hill, Garth Lena, Gail Mabo, Euan Macleod, Arone Meeks, Reg Mombassa, Gordon Syron, Ann Thomson, Adric Watson, Judy Watson and performer/writers Gemma Cronin, Shane Howard and Neil Murray. Paintings, photographs, videos and three dimensional works are included. There is a documentary DVD by Jeff McMullen that gives further voice to the artists and records their encounters with significant sites and traditional owners.
The exhibition is at Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, until 24 August, then at Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery from 28 February to 24 April, 2015. It will then be visiting various towns/cities up the East Coast, until June 2017.
Visit www.eastcoastencounter.com.au to find out more about the exhibition, and to buy a copy of the exhibition catalogue.
The exhibition is at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 1 July to 16 August, 2015. It moves on to the Redland Art Gallery from 11 October to 22 November, 2015.
Where after Caloundra is the next exhibition ? I only caught part of the A.B.C story.
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