First Nations Artwork

Artworks which reflect the past and current future of the oldest continuing culture in the world. 18 Jul to 2 Aug 2020

First Nations Artwork
Lyndon Davis | The Lore of the Land (detail) | 2018. Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Celebrating all things First Nations through an exhibition of artworks which reflect the past and current future of the oldest continuing culture in the world. Drawn from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, these works tell the stories of Country, both connection to, and the removal from.

This is the first time in the Gallery’s 20 year history that the complete holdings of First Nations Peoples artworks from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection will be on display together.

The complete suite of Tony Albert’s 50perCENT series gifted by the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program will be on display. These works signify a reframing of identity, reimagining current pop culture heroes and spokespeople for Indigenous youth.

The exhibition will display three works by the first ever Sunshine Coast Art Prize winner Shane Pickett. These works are depictions of his Country in Western Australia, the Glass House Mountains and a sunset during a hail storm, inspired by the first time he ever saw hail, which was painted during a residency here on the Sunshine Coast.

Bianca Beetson’s work gives a contemporary take on loss through her ‘Self-portrait’ series recently gifted by the artist to the Collection.

The First Nations Artworks exhibition presents a well-rounded selection of contemporary new media works and traditional paintings that are a celebration, plus collaborative pieces of community working together.

Caloundra Regional GallerySaturday 18 July to Sunday 2 August

Several works were acquired through Sunshine Coast Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan and through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Exhibiting artists:

  • Tony Albert
  • Bianca Beetson
  • Steven Bond
  • Paul Constable-Calcott
  • Arthur Conlon
  • Joyce Crain
  • Bridgette Chilly Davis
  • Michael Cook
  • Joanne Currie Nalingu
  • Lyndon Davis
  • Belle Hartnell
  • Margaret Loy Pula
  • Dale Manns
  • Jason Murphy
  • Nuuna
  • Hope O’Chin
  • Shane Pickett
  • Roanna Rendall
  • Melinda Serico
  • Reggie Sultan-Pengarte

Caloundra Regional Gallery acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kabi Kabi Peoples and the Jinibara Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast and recognises that these have always been and continue to be places of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance.

We respectfully advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that the First Nations Artwork exhibition includes images, works and names of deceased First Nations Peoples.