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Exhibitions to showcase creativity, skill


A summer exhibition in Maitland will celebrate the man behind the game-changing Native Title legislation.

Legacy brings together a moving exhibition of works in the spirit of reconciliation, with more than 20 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists responding to Eddie Mabo’s historic achievement.

Mabo’s movement led to the recognition, under Australian law, that Aboriginal people have rights and interests to their land and waters according to their traditional laws and customs.
His daughter, Gail, who is a co-curator of the exhibition, will be a special guest during its opening at Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) on Saturday 30 November.

Apart from Legacy, a range of Australian artists will also be showcased at MRAG over the coming weeks.

Guests have been invited to enter the playful world of Nicola Hensel and John Turier, whose creative partnership has produced a steady stream of sculptures, drawings and songs over the past 26 years.

Kalliope Calliope brings their practices together for the first time and includes a drawing machine, a mechanical parade, giant buttons, and maps for the ever-renewable heart.

The intricate, interactive illustrations of local artist and comic creator Dale Forward’s Warlock invites a 3D exploration of different perspectives, while the SnakeAbout exhibition shows the serpentine splendour of Australian reptiles through the detailed lens of Teresa Purnell’s intricate illustrations.

Gallery Coordinator Kattie Bugeja says the group of exhibitions exemplifies the sheer scope of creativity and skill throughout the region.

“A strong contingent of local artists will exhibit alongside nationally-acclaimed peers with inspiring results,” she says.
“Meet makers, creators, artists, musicians and performers as we launch five new exhibitions.
“Come along, bring your family and friends and celebrate the creativity of our region.”

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