Exhibitions opening on the 29th January 2015
Three new exhibitions are being opened at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place on Thursday, the 29th of January. The first one is an exhibition by John Kelly and his family called “Return to the Tablelands”. The artists exhibiting are John Kelly, his mother Alice McKenzie, his sister Laurel McKenzie, and his younger brother “Johnny boy” Kelly.
John “Gurri” Kelly’s art depicts stories from his home and people of the Dunghutti Nation. His mother, Alice McKenzie is formerly from Armidale. Alice is the granddaughter of Frank Archibald and has been painting for about thirty years. Her work tells stories about her life. Alice’s daughter, Laurel McKenzie has been painting for the past six years. Her paintings on mirrors reflect spirituality and healing from within. Her art has been inspired by Tamworth artist, Terrence Allen. Johnny boy Kelly’s art consists of both drawings and paintings. A signature feature of his work is an old man within a landscape.
The second exhibition is by Ben Mackay who had a very successful sculpture exhibition last year. Ben returns with ten new pieces of sculpture made of scrap metal.
The third exhibition that will be open is a photographic exhibition of Sister Rita’s collection. This exhibition depicts excursions, after school activities and church functions that Sister Rita was involved in. These photos tell stories of Sister Rita’s involvement with the Armidale Aboriginal community members, especially children.