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Women from Ernabella, South Australia, collecting spinifex for shelter, wiltja, construction 1939–1940
Ward Collection Blue Album 019c
courtesy of Strehlow Research Centre and Ara Irititja Archive (p57464)
5 October - 8 December 2013
Curator Heidi Pitman, with FUAM Director, Fiona Salmon
Thriving in poor soils, spinifex (Triodia sp.) is a tough, spiky, hummock grass that covers more than twenty percent of the Australian continent. While providing habitat for reptiles, birds and small mammals, it defines much of the country’s arid landscape. Traditionally spinifex has been an important resource for Aboriginal people – foremost as a source of resin and as a building material for windbreaks and shelters. It also has medicinal and combustive uses and many other innovative applications.
A collaborative project between Flinders University and the South Australian Museum, the exhibition draws on ethnographic material culture, historic photographs and contemporary works of art to explore the enduring significance of spinifex to Aboriginal Australia. Presenting spinifex in its material form, as a subject and as a marker of identity, the exhibition also flags non-Indigenous interests in this perennial grass.
Spinifex Country is presented across two sites: Flinders University City Gallery and the South Australian Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery (Temporary Space).
Laura Wills and Jenna May
Minda’s Vegetable Garden 2012
synthetic polymer paint, pastel and pencil on paper
101 x 186 cm
courtesy the artists
14 December 2013 - 16 February 2014
Curator Melanie Fulton
Exploring important new territory in the South Australian visual arts landscape, this exhibition investigates and interprets the past 100 years of the iconic Minda Incorporated, South Australia’s residential institution for people with intellectual disabilities. Undertaken by artists from Disability and Community Arts organisation, Tutti Incorporated, the project celebrates the unique partnership Tutti and Minda have shared since 1997.
Their Shadows in Us is a multi-arts initiative interpreting archival research, interviews and imagery gathered by artists from Tutti’s supported studio and several key emerging South Australian contemporary artists. Collaborative in nature, the exhibition is informed and implemented by current art, theories, technologies and approaches to art-making. It encompasses a broad exploration of Minda’s past and present though layered sensory experiences encompassing a variety of audio, visual and tactile encounters.
All exhibitions are supported by
Visions of Australia is an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.