Celebrating Reconciliation and NAIDOC Weeks 2016

Each year the Parliament purchases a major artwork by an Indigenous artist to be unveiled during Reconciliation Week. This year’s acquisition is a set of sculptures by Utopia artist Dinny Kunoth Kemarre that represent a current player from each of the 18 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL).

These works celebrate the role of Australian Rules football in Central Australian communities. AFL football is incredibly popular in outback communities, with people sometimes driving for hours to see a game. Crossing the country in cars and trucks, people from different communities and language groups come together for the love of footy.

This is the only full set of 18 figures representing all AFL teams in a national collection, and each figure is unique and modelled on a current player suggested by Dinny’s grandsons Brandon and Ashley. Dinny carves the figures using hand tools out of wood from the bean tree (Erythrina vespertilio), and then paints each one with a unique identity.

Also on display is a selection of works by Indigenous artists that have recently been acquired for the Parliament House Art Collection.  These works are by artists from across Australia and in a variety of media. Artists represented include Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Robert Fielding and Fiona Omeenyo.

Date: 27 May – 10 July 2016

Location: Presiding Officers' Exhibition Area 

Cost: free  

Image: Dinny Kunoth Kemarre (born 1954) Anmatyerre people
Port Adelaide Power, Chad Wingard#20, 2016
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra

Coming soon - Reflections, works from Canberra Glassworks and the Parliament House Art Collection

This exhibition will feature nine internationally renowned glass artists who have created new works at Canberra Glassworks in response to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House. Artists include: Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock.

The exhibition further explores one of Romaldo Giurgola’s original concepts in the planning and design of the Parliament House building, which was to honour the best skills and craftsmanship in Australia. Each artist has spent time touring the building and gardens and engaging with works in the Parliament House Art Collection to provide inspiration for their works. The finished works will be shown side-by-side with an accompanying piece from the Parliament House Art Collection.

Date: 24 June – 11 September 2016

Location: Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area

Cost: free

Image: Annette Blair at Canberra Glassworks
Image by hcreations photography

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