We had the privilege of attending the opening night of Our Mob 2016 Exhibition, an art exhibition featuring Indigenous artists’ work from all around South Australia. Brought to you with the support and co-ordination of the Adelaide Festival Centre, Country Arts SA, Ananguku Arts and the Don Dunstan foundation, you will be utterly astounded by the beautiful paintings, pottery and photography on display.
The night started off with a performance from the Dusty Feet group (the youngest of which was only the tender age of six), set to Christine Anu’s ‘My Home’ in the Festival Theatre lobby. The walls were adorned with artwork by ‘Our Young Mob’, featuring young Indigenous artists’ work. Following this we all ascended the stairs to the Artspace Gallery where the rest of the proceedings took place.
Ashley Pompey was awarded the Country Arts SA Regional Our Mob Emerging Artist Professional Development Award for his work ‘The Snake’s Food Chain’. Ashley Pompey is a young man from Ceduna from the Kokatha community, who has only been painting for a year, but you would never be able to tell that from his piece. The artwork itself is visually stunning; Pompey has weaved an impossibly intricate array of earth, ochre, black and white toned dots and lines are around each other . Pompey will receive $1500 to go towards professional skills development, and I for one cannot wait to see where he goes with his art.
The Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize 2016 was awarded to Lavene Ngatokorua, an Adnyamathanha and Wangkanguru woman, for her digital photograph titled ‘Ngaangga’. Other outstanding works included those of Pitjantjatjara artists Henry Witjika Young, whose painting ‘Kapi Wankanya (Water of life)’ earned him a high commendation from the Don Dunstan Foundation, and Marina Warari Brown Pumani’s work ‘Antara’, which weaves non-traditional colours in a traditional art style to achieve a beautiful contradicting effect.
The exhibition is housed in the Artspace Gallery of the Adelaide Festival Centre and is open to the public until the 26th of November. Go check it out and be amazed by the works on display by our exceptionally talented local Indigenous artists.
Header courtesey of Isabella Carbone