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July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Joanne Currie Nalingu, Michael Eather & Rosanagh May

Despard Gallery, in association with Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, is proud to host a special collaborative exhibition featuring contemporary artists Joanne Currie Nalingu, Michael Eather and Rosanagh May.

We are also excited to welcome both Joanne Currie Nalingu and Michael Eather, who will be travelling down to Tasmania to help celebrate this major exhibition. Please join us, along with local artist Rosanagh May for a special OPENING EVENT – Friday 26 July – 5:30 pm

Joanne Currie Nalingu was born in Mitchell and spent her childhood on the banks of the Maranoa River at the Yumba mission.  A nationally recognised painter, Nalingu’s distinctively minimal style honours the traditions of indigenous painting, whilst simultaneously critiquing contemporary cultural and social issues. Nalingu’s recognisable linear patterning is derived from her earliest memories of the Maranoa River. Here paint becomes a metaphor for cultural identity and how the river remains an living entity, including how the flow of water, reflected light and air interact with the currents.  The layering of paint signifies the complexity of indigenous life between community and city, as well as the hardships of her early life.

Michael Eather is a contemporary artist based in Brisbane, who helped found the Campfire Group, a significant cross-cultural artistic collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.  Eather’s curtorial and creative practice explores notions of cultural collision and how art can become a vehicle to unite through stories.  A reoccurring theme with his large-scale floating sculptures is the stingray, which Eather describes as a mystical messenger and a symbol of freedom that crosses oceans, cultures and ideologies.

Rosanagh May is an emerging artist based in Hobart. Utilising primarily white mid-fired clay and black underglaze, May’s creates lyrical ceramic sculptures that combine elements of gothic fiction and surrealist humour. Adorning every inch of May’s work is a bold combination of illustration and hand painted ornamentation. Reminiscent of tattooed skin, each piece appears animated and brimming with joy, yet still underpinned by a more serious poetic symbolism that comes with the commitment of body ink. Song lyrics are also a defining feature of May’s work, with extracts of expressive verse wrapped around each piece. This stems from a personal obsession with music, but simultaneously helps to channel the emotional and personal connections that can only be found in song.


July 24
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Despard Gallery
Level 1 – 15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia
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