Michael Harry donates to Flinders University Museum of Art
Michael Harry has been in awe of Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) and the calibre of its collections since he first attended a FUMA exhibition 30 years ago - and has supported the activities of the museum ever since.
“FUMA is a wonderful art museum that makes the very best of the fascinating collections it has acquired since the very beginnings of the University in the 1960s,” says Michael. “The Director and staff do a magnificent job of curating the exhibitions and managing the gallery space on campus.”
Michael has had a long history with Flinders – working at the University for over 30 years, most recently as the Executive Officer for Legal and Contracts. He retired in 2014 but with an avid interest in the arts Michael has remained connected to FUMA, attending its year-round public exhibition program and supporting the development of its collections.
The Indigenous collection at FUMA is of personal interest to Michael. He understands the community-wide benefits of growing this collection and making the works available for students and the public to engage with.
“FUMA’s use of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks, through its exhibitions and innovative education programs is invaluable.”
Since 2016 Michael has donated annually to FUMA and its carefully selected art acquisition program.
“I hope that by supporting the growth of FUMA’s Indigenous collections it will help the museum continue to draw attention to works of historical and contemporary significance.”
FUMA donor Michael Harry with artwork 'Janmarda' by Emily Andy Napaltjarri.
Earlier this year Michael visited the Sovereign Sisters exhibition featuring the series, Look Who’s Calling The Kettle Black, by nationally renowned artist r e a. The series of ten digitally rendered photographs highlights the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls forced into domestic labour from colonial times to the mid-19th century.
“It was an excellent exhibition,” says Michael. “I loved the thought-provoking series and the way it blended humour with historical observation.”
FUMA is now seeking your support to help purchase the series Look Who’s Calling The Kettle Black for its collections. Please donate today and join our mission for change through cultural understanding and reconciliation.
100% of your tax-deductible donation will support FUMA to purchase the series, Look Who's Calling The Kettle Black by acclamined experimental artist r e a.
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