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.

Working primarily with the USC Art Collection, this 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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this exhibition may contain images, names, and voices of people who are deceased.


Nyuju Stumpy Brown, John Bulunbulun, Lydia Burak, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Timothy Cook, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Birrmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Susan Marawarr, Laurie Marburduk, John Mawurndjul, Horace Munmilli, Ivan Namirrkki, Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, Mitjili Napurrula, Phyllis Ningarmara, Naata Nungurrayi, Lena Nyadbi, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi, Thuganmu Arnold Watt, Terry Ngamandara Wilson and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.


Christopher Bassi

Christopher Bassi is an Australian artist and curator of Meriam, Yupangathi (Torres Strait and Cape York) and British descent. Bassi’s practice is informed by ongoing concerns with intersections of place, belonging and the entangling of racial and cultural identities. 

Exhibition lender

The De Deyne Family

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa
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



Join us on Saturday 24 July at 2pm for a discussion about what Country means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


The Reading Group provides a platform for critical thinking and discussion around the ideas presented in our exhibitions. In July we read The Yield by Tara June Winch.

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally GABORI  c.1924-2015, Kaiadilt people All the fish in the sea 2005

Join us on Saturday 22 May at 3pm for the opening of Country In Mind.