An unmissable display of all-female, all Indigenous artworks kicked off NAIDOC Week 2020 at Darling Quarter with the exhibition titled HERE I AM: Art by Great Women.
Featuring the work of eight contemporary Indigenous female artists from across Australia – Noni Cragg, Elizabeth Close, Jody Haines, Molly Hunt, Nici Cumpston, Kate Constantine, Bronwyn Bancroft, and Amala Groom – the group show was on display for almost three months at the vibrant outdoor public art space OPEN.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020, the exhibition comprised 16 large-scale works in multidisciplinary mediums including photography, illustration, and painting and covered a diversity of styles such as street art, contemporary and traditional.
The NAIDOC 2020 theme – Always Was, Always Will Be – recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.
On display 24 hours, 7 days a week (free of charge) the exhibition appealed to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Presented by Darling Quarter and curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery, HERE I AM: Art by Great Women was inspired by the Know My Name movement and is in a cultural partnership between aMBUSH Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.