Black Art White Walls exhibition now open
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016
caloundra regional gallery, aboriginal art

[Rover Thomas, Punmu - The Universe (ed.4/50), 1995, serigraph on hahnemuhle paper, 60 x 72 cm (detail).]

The walls of Caloundra Regional Gallery have been adorned with 60 works of Indigenous art in a new exhibition titled Black Art White Walls opening today (Wednesday, January 20).

Curated by Djon Mundine OAM, the exhibition draws on an extensive personal collection of Indigenous art accumulated by Adrian and Anne Newstead while working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the past 30 years.

Inspired by their love of Indigenous art and working with the artists, Adrian and Anne have formed a collection of more than 1000 canvas paintings, barks, artefacts, prints, posters and sculpture.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Black Art White Walls exhibition displayed the diversity of Indigenous culture.

“Each of the 60 works in this exhibition is intriguing and has a cultural and historical story to tell,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The collection includes paintings on canvas, linen and bark, works on paper, sculpture, wood carvings and artefacts.

“I encourage everyone to head along to the gallery and see this exhibition to get an appreciation for the incredible work that our Indigenous artists are doing.”

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was looking forward to the official exhibition opening on Saturday.

“This exhibition opening will be something extra special,” Cr McKay said

“Local artist Lyndon Davis will perform a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and we’ll have a cultural feast of stories, traditional food, music and art.

“We’re thrilled to have collection owner Adrian Newstead visiting the gallery on Saturday to conduct an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery is offering two chances for visitors to try their own hand at getting creative.

On Sunday, January 31 from 10.30am until 2pm, Kilagi, from Papua New Guinea, will hold a free workshop to demonstrate and teach the long-held coconut frond weaving traditions and ancient crafts from her village.

On Friday, February 19 from 6.30pm until 9pm there will be a Friday³Live event at the Gallery event, where you can join the colouring-in craze and be inspired by the vibrant colours and patterns of the Black Art White Walls exhibition.

The Black Art White Walls exhibition will be on at the Caloundra Regional Gallery until Sunday, February 28.


Vevato Kustom Weaving from Papua New Guinea

Date:                Sunday, January 31

Time:               10.30am – 2pm

Location:          Caloundra Regional Gallery

Details:            Join Kilagi as she demonstrates and teaches long held coconut frond weaving traditions and ancient crafts from her village in Papua New Guinea.

 Learn how to make traditional toys, woven hair decoration and various forms of natural fibre basket making. Come and join this free workshop and   take home your beautiful hand crafted work of art from nature.


Black...white....COLOUR IN! - Friday³Live at the Gallery

Date:               Friday, February 19

Time:               6.30pm – 9pm

Location:         Caloundra Regional Gallery

Details:            A late night colouring-in meet-up. Join the craze, be inspired by the vibrant colours and patterns of the Black Art White Walls exhibition. BYO colouring book and pencils.

Gallery will provide: tunes, beanbags, tables, a quick tour of the exhibition to explore the colours and patterns used and maybe even a quick lesson in basic colour theory. Sit back, relax and colour your world.


Visit council’s gallery website for more details.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.