Hunter Red

26 May – 22 July 2018

The Hunter Red suite of exhibitions represents a collaborative vision shared by Hunter-based cultural institutions: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space. It has encouraged the group to examine how they cooperate, collect, create, and communicate to a broader audience. Using a popular tourist drawcard as a springboard, the project subverts commonly held misconceptions and examines the present-day motivation of the region’s cultural institutions. A diverse narrative encompassing mutual support, collection sharing, and outstanding cultural practice, Hunter Red takes us to the core of examining identity and belief systems to represent a region that is multifaceted and rich.

A strategic partnership supported by each partner venue through their respective funding bodies.

Megan Cope at work with community members during a Re(A)d Earth artist camp in the Lake Macquarie region. Photo Nicole Chaffey.

Re(A)d Earth

26 May – 22 July 2018

Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. Re(A)d Earth presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives on this connection and acknowledges ‘reading’ of the earth as elemental for Aboriginal people. Building on the strength of existing cultural foundations and knowledge in the region, the exhibition comprises many artworks selected for their reflection of Country, or Dreaming, of the respective artists. Expressing a direct connection, even if not on Country, these contemporary artists use traditional or new media in traditional or new ways. Contemporary does not have to mean a divergence from cultural practice and lore.

A gallery project curated by Donna Biles Fernando and developed in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group.

Kathleen Paddoon Napanangka Nakarra Nakarra (detail) 2007, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Works on Paper Collection, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Donated by Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society, 2013 © Kathleen Paddoon/Copyright Agency, 2018.