What: Saltwater Country ‘we are all saltwater people …’
Saltwater Country is a major touring exhibition of contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, showcasing more than 50 works by 16 of Queensland’s most acclaimed Indigenous artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday and Judy Watson. Having returned from a successful international tour to museums in the US and Europe, this exhibition finally lands in Mornington and offers audiences a unique insight into the artists’ cultural connections to ‘their’ saltwater country – Queensland’s coastline, sea and waterways. As artist Vernon Ah Kee says, beaches are ‘part of the Australian psyche … everybody thinks of themselves in relation to their proximity to the coast, to the beach. So in that way, we are all saltwater people.’
Image: Michael Cook, Civilised #1 2012, inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist.
When: 11 March – 1 May
Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Entry: Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior $2
What: Australia Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Travelling Exhibition Australia Will Be There was created as a touring exhibition for the centenary of the First World War. Comprising historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914–19). Through stories of the hardships endured and the battles fought – from the landings at Gallipoli to combat in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles – the exhibition provides insights into the experiences of Victorian men and women in the Great War.
As part of the exhibition, families and communities are encouraged to contribute to understandings of the experience of our forebears and the events that shaped our country and the world. Visit the Stories of Remembrance page to share your story: www.shrine.org.au/stories
When: 11 March – 1 May
Entry: Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior $2 MPRG members and children under 5 free
What: VERNON AH KEE – FLOOR TALK
Vernon Ah Kee investigates race, ideology and politics. Enjoy this rare opportunity to listen to Vernon talk about his work and learn from one of Queensland’s most celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists with an international reputation.
Image: Vernon Ah Kee, 2014, Photo: Michael Aird
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When: Tuesday 26 April, 5pm for 5.30pm-6pm floor talk
Entry: Cost M $15 G $18 (includes drinks and nibbles) Bookings Essential 03 5975 4395
What: MEET THE ARTIST: TEXTAQUEEN MPRG Events & Public Programs TextaQueen is Australia’s felt-tip superhero. She explores politics of sexuality, gender, race, identity, self-image and inter-personal relationships. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to meet TextaQueen and to find out more about her residency and work at Police Point.
Image: TextaQueen, photo: Benjamin Michel
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When: Sunday 17 April, 10am-12 noon, meet the artist 10am-11am, followed by brunch
Where: Police Point Shire Park, Franklands Dve, Point Nepean, Portsea VIC
Entry: Cost M $10 G $12 Bookings Essential 03 5975 4395