New Exhibitions: 28th July 2015 to 19th September 2015
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place will open three exhibitions on Tuesday, 28 July at 10.30 in the morning. The Centre will have a day time exhibition to accommodate elders from the Tablelands Community Support Options Elders’ Group who will be having a photographic exhibition.
Alongside the elders’ photographic exhibition will be artist, Albert ‘Digby’ Moran’s work entitled, The dreams of my forefathers. This very special exhibition will present a new series of paintings celebrating his identity as an indigenous man in a riot of colour and movement. Traditional motifs are married with colour to form a singular vision of the dreamtime culture of his forefathers. Digby was born in Ballina and raised on Cabbage Tree Island. His father was Dungutti and his mother Bundjalung.
Digby enjoys enormous respect throughout the Northern Rivers region from artists as well as the wider community. Digby has had several solo exhibitions in European and Australian cities such as Vienna, Osterwald, Byggriet, Berlin, Sydney, Canberra, Darwin and Brisbane. He has also exhibited in regional galleries across the state. Digby has won numerous awards including the 2000 People’s Choice Award at the National Aboriginal and Islander Telstra Art Awards.
The third exhibition is a controversial one entitled, Transgressing racial boundaries: The Golliwog. A Golliwog or golly is made from black fabric, has black eyes bordered with white, red lips with white teeth, and frizzy hair. The Golliwogg doll, over time, has become very controversial. While some see it as a part of tradition and part of childhood, others see it as racist. This is why they disappeared from shops and advertisements, however, they can be found on the Internet.
These three outstanding exhibitions will be on display until the 19th September 2015. The community is invited to join in for morning tea and view the works on the 28th July.