Indigenous knowledge and our environment

Our current exhibition ‘Water’ sparks conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today. In the discussion ‘Traditional responses to contemporary problems’, artists Megan Cope, Nicole Foreshew and Judy Watson spoke with ABC Radio National’s Daniel Browning, about their work in the exhibition as well as the importance and urgency of engaging First Nations’…

Megan Cope’s ‘Re Formation’ takes the oyster shell as its subject

Before colonisation, the coastal shellfish reefs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay — fostered using aquaculture techniques — were a major source of food for Aboriginal people of the region. Over centuries of feasting, towering middens created from discarded shells and bones were impressive sights on the local islands and beaches of the mainland. Megan Cope’s RE…

My country: This land is mine / This land is me

‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ examines strengths within the Queensland Art Gallery collection of Indigenous art and recognises three main central themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander versions of history; responses to contemporary politics and experiences; and connections to place. These themes are expressed in the three main…