Current Exhibitions

Healing Ways: Art with Intent

Screen shot 2014-03-05 at 11.43.28 AM15 May – 17 October 2014

While the cultural, aesthetic and economic benefits of the Australian Aboriginal art industry have been well documented, this exhibition seeks to explore contemporary Indigenous arts practice as a site of healing and a resource for emotional wellbeing. Artworks will be revealed as a source of resilience and cultural strength, as well as a medium to address the intergenerational effects of trauma experienced by Aboriginal people throughout a history of colonisation and dispossession.

The exhibition is presented as part of a larger project investigating the emotional aspects of Aboriginal art and its potential for healing among Aboriginal communities. The exhibition, along with a symposium and web-based resource, have been developed through extensive consultation with community leaders and experts in the field.

Artists include Billy Benn, Maree Clarke, Bindi Cole, Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch, Robyne Latham, Sally M Mulda, Yhonnie Scarce, Patsy Smith, Dennis Thorpe, Peter Waples-Crowe and Lisa Waup along with works from community art workshops in Victoria, Papunya and the Kimberley.

Artwork: Yhonnie Scarce, Burial Ground (detail), 2011, glass, perspex, 97 x 206 x 81 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Selected Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection
Until February 2015

Selected Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection brings together works that represent the broad range of experiences encompassed by the Collection. There are many dimensions to the creative works in this exhibition and the works can be understood from clinical, aesthetic, cultural, historical, social, moral and spiritual perspectives.

The works have been created in many different contexts, from art therapy sessions to community art groups, from hospitals to private homes and art studios. They tell the unique stories of individuals that have experiences of mental illness or psychological trauma.