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John Curtin Gallery

Shared Sky

1 October - 2 November, 2014

Shared Sky brings together Australian and South African artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.

Yamaji and other Aboriginal artists from the mid-west region of Western Australia and African artists of San descent and others from the central Karoo region of South Africa’s Northern and Eastern Cape have created artworks in response to ancestral stories about the night sky – a sky they both share as it appears above their traditional homelands. On both continents this land has nurtured ancient traditions that live on in the spirit of Indigenous artists working in community based art centres today.

These sparsely populated and remote areas were specifically chosen for their radio-quietness and relative emptiness, making them the perfect sites to co-develop the Square Kilometre Array – the world’s largest radio telescope – itself a collaboration between governments, scientists and engineers from around the world.

Shared Sky is proudly presented by the John Curtin Gallery in association with: the international SKA Organisation; SKA-South Africa; SKA-Australia; Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton, Australia and the First People Centre, Bethesda Arts Centre, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa.



Past exhibition:

Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan
Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan

2 August - 14 September, 2014

Celebrated Australian artists Ben Quilty and Shaun Gladwell, who both undertook Australian War Memorial commissions in Afghanistan under the Official War Art scheme, will be exhibiting their work together for the first time as part of the Memorial’s Travelling Exhibitions Program.

Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan showcases works on paper and studio paintings created on his return to Australia.
Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan, features photographs, videos and paintings created during his time in Afghanistan.

Public Floor Talks

John Curtin Gallery continues its popular public program with a series of floor talks related to the Ben Quilty / Shaun Gladwell exhibitions on show at the Gallery during August and September.