Country In Mind - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Country In Mind


7 MAY TO 31 JULY 2021

The art of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a modern vibrant expression of many Indigenous nations. Representation of Country is full of associative information connecting the past, present and future which always begins with Country In Mind. Contemporary paintings exploring Aboriginal people’s spiritual connection to their special tracts of land are part of a continuum from ancient rock engravings and cave paintings, through a continuing tradition of ground designs and body art, to the expressive canvas and bark paintings of today.

Drawn from the USC Art Collection, the exhibition focuses on work from the central desert, the Kimberley to the northwest, Arnhem Land and the offshore islands in the far north and explores the continuum among communities who make work about Country while also delving into the idiosyncrasies of individual artistic expression.

This exhibition is part of Connecting Stories, an initiative of Creative Arts Alliance as part of the Regional Arts Services Network and is presented in partnership with Blaklash Creative and the SEQN Regional Gallery Network.


Christopher Bassi

Esther Giles Napitjiinpa
Untitled 2012
Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen, 183.0 x 244.0cm USC Art Collection
Acquired 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program by Craig Edwards, in recognition of the tireless efforts of Jan Edwards, teacher and mother.
© Esther Giles Nampitjinpa/Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Photo: Carl Warner