CURIOUS COLONY A twenty first century Wunderkammer

Joan ROSS 'When I grow up I want to be a forger' 2010 Animator: Ben Butler, Sound: Sumugen Sivanesan animation and video, edition 1/5, duration 3 minutes Gift of the artist 2010 Newcastle Art Gallery collection courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
10 July - 29 August 2010

A twenty first century room of wonders where colonial curiosities jostle contemporary art. This major exhibition brings together the work of colonial artists Augustus Earle, Richard Browne, John Lewin, Joseph Lycett, Walter Preston and James Wallis in juxtaposition with contemporary artists Brook Andrew, Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Fiona Hall, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Joan Ross, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Robyn Stacey, Imants Tillers, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver and Philip Wolfhagen.

Curious Colony will feature a chest commissioned for the exhibition that contains wonders from the world of contemporary art made by celebrated Canberra based artisan Scott Mitchell in collaboration with five of Australia’s leading artists - Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver and Philip Wolfhagen. This contemporary cabinet of curiosity been inspired by the Macquarie Collectors’ Chest made in Newcastle, New South Wales around 1818 for Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

Related Documents:
CURIOUS COLONY Printable education resource (pdf)
CURIOUS COLONY Interactive education resource (pdf)
The Newcastle Chest Yr 5-10 Learning Resource (pdf)


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