New exhibitions opened at 6pm on Thursday, 22nd May 2014. (Close26th July 29014)
1.' Animal Tracks 2’ by Colin Wightman
Colin Wightman has had very successful exhibitions in Armidale in 2012 and again in 2013. Due to popular demand for his work, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre is hosting ‘Animal Tracks 2’.
Colin is believed to be the highest selling Aboriginal artist in Australia and is the only Aboriginal artist who is contracted to sell works on TV. Colin has designed work for Billabong swimwear and sold artworks to Oprah on her trip down under. Other accomplishments include exhibitions in USA, Canada, various locations in Australia & China. In 2005 he was a finalist in the NSW Parliament Indigenous Art prize, and Aboriginal artist of the year Boggabilla/Toomelah in 1994.
2. A photographic exhibition of Elva Taylor
A special exhibition specially chosen to mark the National Day of Healing (formerly known as Sorry Day) is a photographic exhibition of Elva Taylor. Elva Taylor was a well-loved local elder who was part of the stolen generation. Elva was born in 1941 at Nulla Creek Aboriginal Reserve to John and Minnie Quinlin. She was married to Thomas (Tucker) Taylor. Elva, a Thungutti woman passed away on the 17 September 2013 in Armidale.
At the age of eleven Elva was forcefully put on a train to Sydney without her parents’ consent. Although she was just a little girl she was made to work 12 hours a day without weekends or holidays for a doctor’s family. She started her day at 6am and went to bed after she cleaned up the family’s evening meal at 8pm. She was released from servitude at the age of 21.
3.'Mukata Ribnka'-an artefact exhibition of beanies from the Tamworth Regional Gallery
The third exhibition to open on the 22nd May is from Tamworth Regional Gallery. It is a collection of flash beanies by Northern Territory artist Malpiya Dave. This collection was purchased from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival which began in 1996 specially organised to sell beanies. Mukata is the Pitatjantjara word for beanie and the beanies for sale were made by Aboriginal women at crochet workshops conducted in remote communities.