OUR MOB 2017 - Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Wednesday 11 October 2017

Adelaide Festival Centre, is proud to once again present Our Mob: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists, a free state-wide exhibition that highlights the diversity and vitality of contemporary art by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

A satellite exhibition of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, OUR MOB will be on display from 20 October until 2 December in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery and Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre foyers.

The 2017 OUR MOB program celebrates South Australian Aboriginal artists of all ages and levels of experience, and features three main components: Our Mob, an exhibition of works by South Australian Aboriginal artists; Our Young Mob, an exhibition of works by artists under 18 years old, including some children of parents exhibiting in Our Mob; and the Don Dunstan Foundation Prize Showcase, including a stunning selection of works produced by last year’s Don Dunstan Emerging Artist Award recipient Josephine Lennon.

OUR MOB is the culmination of artistic activities throughout the state and brings Aboriginal artists together through art as one mob in a unique and outstanding exhibition of Aboriginal art across a diverse range of media. Many of the works on display from over 90 artists are available for sale.

OUR MOB is held in the spirit of reconciliation, recognising the power of art to unite and foster discussion and understanding across communities and borders.

Working together with Country Arts SA and Ananguku Arts and Culture, artworks are gathered from across the state’s regional areas, isolated community centres and metropolitan Adelaide. Although artists are eligible by their affiliation to country or residence in South Australia, their stories, families and cultural heritage cross borders. While the criteria for involvement has remained the same over the years, artworks produced by artists have become more and more sophisticated as progressive years of support by partner organisations have enhanced artists’ skills and confidence.

Three prizes will once again be awarded on opening night; Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize, the Country Arts South Australia (CASA) Regional Our Mob Emerging Artist Professional Development Award and Aṉanguku Our Young Mob.

The Don Dustan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize is a monetary prize of $5,000 that has run for three years and is selected by judges (including the previous year’s winner), a Don Dunstan Foundation member and an Aboriginal art curator/worker. The money is awarded for professional development, with most artists using the funds for classes, research, or new materials. The 2016 prize winner, Josephine Lennon, has been invited to exhibit her work in Space Theatre foyer as part of this year’s OUR MOB.

Born in Pt Augusta in 1972, Josephine’s creative talents emerged at a young age. Inheriting her painting skills from her father, mother and sister, her early works were very traditional dot style depicturing local flora and fauna, but more recently her style has developed into a unique expression of looking down on her country from above. She is also influenced by her mother’s Tjukarpa (dreaming) stories of the Bunda Cliffs along the Nullarbor Plain. Josephine had her first solo exhibition in 2011 in Coober Pedy. Since then she was commissioned to create a mural at Maitland Hospital and was a finalist in the Waterhouse Art Prize 2013.

Adelaide Festival Centre has showcased the quality and diversity of art created by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists since 2006. Over the years OUR MOB has boosted the careers of numerous artists and generated direct-to-artist sales to support their art practices and families.

This year as part of the TARNANTHI Festival, Ananguku Arts is hosting the OUR MOB 2017 Symposium, at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Friday 20 October ahead of the OUR MOB 2017 opening night. The symposium will provide an intimate forum for South Australian Indigenous artists and service providers to share their stories and art practice with the audience. Presenters include: Our Mob 2017 artists Sherrie Jones and Ashley Pompey; Tal-kin-jeri Inc. (Kaiki and Taralyi); Nukunu & Adnyamathanha Punu; Writer Natalie Harkin of the First Nations Australia Writers Network; and many more.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says: “Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to present OUR MOB 2017. For twelve years, OUR MOB has provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists throughout South Australia the opportunity to showcase their art and culture. The program brings together artists, industry partners, and arts organisations from all over the state in this exceptional exhibition. OUR MOB is fundamental to Adelaide Festival Centre’s exhibitions program and a highlight in Adelaide’s visual arts calendar.

Adelaide Festival Centre gratefully acknowledges ongoing partnerships with Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation and SICAD; Country Arts SA; The Don Dunstan Foundation; TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art; and the Aboriginal Australia Arts and Culture Centre managers and co-ordinators across South Australia.


OUR MOB 2017: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists


20 October – 2 December 2017


Our Mob - Artspace Gallery

Our Young Mob - Dunstan Playhouse foyer

Don Dunstan Foundation Showcase - Space Theatre foyer


Artspace Gallery: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre Foyer: Weekdays, 9am – 5pm and during performance times


Free (many works for sale)


All ages

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