19 September 2019
Join Brisbane-based First Nations artist Robert Andrew as he shares insights into his practice and his latest exhibition Presence, on display now at IMA Belltower.
Andrew will then be joined by artist Carol McGregor and IMA Belltower curator Freja Carmichael for a discussion on the role community and mentorship has on their respective practices.
Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people of the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and holds European and Filipino heritage. With this connection to different lineages, his artistic practice explores identity and history, often by combining natural materials and contemporary technologies.
In Presence Andrew expands on his kinetic installation practice to create a new physical landscape that combines programmable technological machinery with string, earth pigments, ochres, rocks, and soil.
Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is a curator working broadly across the cultural sector with artists and communities on exhibition projects. Her past projects have focussed on the preservation and promotion of First Nations fibre art and collaborative curatorial approaches. Carmichael is also undertaking curatorial projects with Redland Art Gallery, The University of Queensland Art Museum, and is a member of Blaklash Collective.
Aboriginal artist Carol McGregor works across multiple disciplines with materials including ephemeral natural fibres, metal, and paper. McGregor explores this rich cultural identity of diverse ancestry and lived experience, adapting to and embracing new technologies to reclaim and connect to cultural expression. McGregor worked together with Glennys Briggs on the Art of the Skins, a cloak making project and exhibition presented at the State Library of Queensland in 2016.