Three exhibitions to launch

Published on 28 April 2023


David Milaybuma, Goanna, tree and fish, 1979, Screenprint

© Estate of David Milaybuma, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Broken Hill City Art Gallery 1980.0094


Three exhibitions to launch


An eclectic display of art will go on show next week with three exhibitions launching at 6pm on Friday (May 5th) at the Broken Hill City Art Gallery.


The exhibitions will feature artworks from local artists, the Gallery’s own collection, and artists from Burragorang Valley south west of Sydney.


All artists will be present at the gala opening to meet with locals and discuss their works, and an artist talk featuring Alison Clouston and Boyd will be held at the Gallery on May 6 from 11am.


Council's Gallery & Museum Manager, Kathy Graham, said the variety of work on show would ensure a great evening.


"These exhibitions showcase everything from traditional paintings right through to sculpture and sound," said Ms Graham.


"It's a great opportunity to take in these various styles and enjoy a drink and a chat with the artists who have brought these artworks to life."


"I think it's going to be a very enjoyable evening and I look forward to sharing it with the artists and our community."


Details on each of the exhibitions can be found below:


Dave Doyle Barkindji/Malyangapa – Shades of Blak.

‘This exhibition came from my residency with BHCAG through West Darling Arts. An idea evolved after looking at what art our region has produced throughout the years. I wanted to show the unique qualities of the different regions of Aboriginal Australia, as well as share what our region has to offer.When I looked at the works, I could see how diverse and unique our region has been, so I decided we have more than enough diversity here. When I looked at the lino cut works, I thought they were all similar and I would not use many of them. But when they are placed side by side – yes, they are similar, but each artist has their own take and style that is individual. The painted works show connection to culture, country and story. The works from Maningrida spoke to me of simplicity, tradition and elegance. I like that these works do not have bright colours, intricate designs or the whole area filled, but are strong and bold. I imagine the people who made them share the same characteristics. The sculpture and floor designs, while made 20-30 years later, share the same story, traditions and designs. It is what makes the art of the Far West our own.


Alison Clouston and Boyd - “mirrityana - out in the sunlight”.

“mirrityana – out in the sunlight” is a sculpture, sound and drawing installation by visual artist Alison Clouston and sound artist Boyd about an exquisite, small creature and its habitat, the Barrier Range Dragon or Ctenophorus mirrityana, the endemic and endangered dragon lizard. The work was developed during research at Mutatwintji and Broken Hill over 2018/19, in conversation with scientists working on the Dragon’s conservation, in correspondence and in the field with researchers, and with the generous support of Wilyakali Baakintji Traditional Owners at Mutawintji National Park. (Materials were sourced on country with the kind permission of the Traditional Owners.) The work was part of the exhibition Art of Threatened Species, an art and science initiative of Orana Arts, NSW National Parks and Dubbo Regional Gallery.


Verity and Brian Nunan – Time and Place

Verity Nunan is a research-based artist who is using mapping to trace how biased legacies can manifest as a mode of rationality. Her approach aims to actively reimagine places in the landscape where human – water narratives intersect.  Brian Nunan navigates Country through rivers, not roads. For the past 50 years, he has made his yearly journey along the Darlin-Barka into the outback an beyond. Witnessing first-hand the destruction of the Darling-Baaka, Brian’s records demonstrate that these ecological disasters cannot be viewed in isolation. In an attempt to open an intergenerational dialogue, this exhibition weaves historical and contemporary stories to encourage a non-linear understanding of Time and Place.