Funded by Visions Australia and touring nationally to 12 venues.
This exhibition, Listen to the Land brings together for the first time more than one hundred paintings, prints, bark paintings, carvings, sculpture, artefacts and textiles from the University’s Aboriginal Art Collection.
Aboriginal art is diverse and dynamic. Its unifying characteristic is the land - its spiritual significance and the artist’s relationship to it. All the works in the exhibition are linked to the importance of the land through their subject matter or materials from which they were made.
In 1998 and 1999 Listen to the Land toured to five galleries in Western Australia. With Visions funding the exhibition has now been seen in Adelaide (Tandanya), Horsham, Sale, Mildura and La Trobe University Melbourne. In 2002 it will tour to Ipswich (Global Arts Link), Grafton, Queensland College for the Arts Brisbane (Griffith University) Townsville and Cairns. In 2003 it will be shown at Gladstone and Port Macquarie.
The exhibition has a strong educational component, with a video display, interactive CD-Rom of Aboriginal Art (Moorditj), educational worksheets for primary and secondary school students and a free informative brochure for visitors.
Listen to the Land is presented by Curatorial Services and Kurongkurl Katitjin, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, Edith Cowan University.
Exhibition Curator: Annette Davis