ACU exhibition a rare insight into Indigenous lives

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

6 February, 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will provide city dwellers with a rare insight into the lives of Indigenous children living in remote communities, through a national art exhibition opening this Friday.

The Home Island – Home Country exhibition, featuring more than 50 works by children from 16 far north Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, will visit ACU’s Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Campuses throughout February, March and April.

All works in the colourful and vibrant exhibition are based on the theme of ‘home’ and celebrate the joys and challenges of life in a remote community.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said the exhibition vividly and creatively reflected the University’s mission of educational equity for people of all backgrounds.

“Many schools in remote areas are now utilising the arts to increase literacy levels, cultural pride and expression among Indigenous children,” Professor Sheehan said.

“ACU is proud to host the Home Island – Home Country exhibition as a means of bringing this important and exciting artwork to a wider audience.”

Home Island – Home Country curator Paul Brinkman from Cairns Regional Gallery said the exhibition aimed to inform and educate patrons about Indigenous cultures through art.

“We hope that as the exhibition tours to southern centres people will get an idea of just how different life in remote far north Queensland is to the commonly held perception of the Australian lifestyle, and how much we should celebrate and treasure these differences,” Mr Brinkman said.

Home Island – Home Country also features images from acclaimed photographer Kerry Trapnell, demonstrating the beauty and remoteness of the communities from which the artwork is drawn.

The exhibition is open to the public and will be held on the following dates:

  • 9 February-2 March at the Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo), 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo (ACU Gallery Banyo, room EC01)
  • 13-23 March at the Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s), 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy (ground floor foyer)
  • 19 April-4 May at the Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary), 25A Barker Road, Strathfield (ACU Gallery Strathfield, entry via gate three)

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.