In its 10th year of presenting the most outstanding work by South Australian Aboriginal artists, Our Mob will unveil its biggest and best exhibition yet, and they welcome you all to join the celebrations.
This year, Our Mob will also be a part of the highly anticipated inaugural Tarnanthi (pronounced Tar-nan-dee) Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
With more than 200 entries, this year’s Our Mob main exhibition promises to present the most impressive array of work by South Australian Indigenous artists yet. Works across a range of media including photography, weaving, paint on canvas, sculpture and more will explore a vast array of themes including relationship to land, wildlife, politics, Aboriginal cultures, and many others.
Our Young Mob will celebrate young artists of the future in the Festival Theatre Foyer. This year’s exhibition is bursting at the seams with the work of talented kids, and the Our Young Mob prize from Ananguku Arts will provide art supplies for the winner to continue to develop their skills.
For the first time in 2015, Our Mob will include a wearable art parade as part of the opening night celebrations. The parade will feature incredible creations from Ngarrindjeri artists at Camp Coorong, which will then form part of the Our Mob Contemporary exhibition. There will also be an exciting new $2,000 People’s Choice Prize from Flinders University and Yunggorendi, allowing the public to vote for their favourite.
Our Mob 2015 will include a number of free public events, such as:
· On opening night there will be local Indigenous musicians and yarning fires on the plaza.
· Master carver Roy Coulthard, who is an Adnyamathanha Elder, will be an Our Mob artist-in-residence from 10 – 14 October in Artspace Gallery, where the public will be able to see his magnificent carving skills in action.
· Artists from around the state will travel to Adelaide to lead school workshops, as well as dance workshops for primary and secondary schools.
Our Mob is a key part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s strategy to engage with South Australia’s Indigenous community. The Centre recognises the importance of providing an outlet for Aboriginal artists to showcase their work and is committed to providing an avenue for the wider community to learn from and engage with Aboriginal culture.
Our Mob 2015 is open from 10th October – 6th December 2015, in the Artspace Gallery (Wednesday to Sunday 11am-4pm) and the Adelaide Festival Theatre Foyers (Weekdays 9am-5pm). The cost is free, and there will be many beautiful works for sale there. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy this celebration.
For more information visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.