Our Mob: Art By South Australian Aboriginal Artists Program Update

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Thursday 4 June 2020

An exhibition featuring significant First Nations artworks from Adelaide Festival Centre’s unique collection will be presented at Festival Theatre’s QBE Galleries this October. 

The event will showcase outstanding paintings that have been acquired over the years from Adelaide Festival Centre’s annual OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists visual arts exhibition – featuring artists including Beaver Lennon, Nellie Coulthard, Tony Wilson and Mumu Mike Williams.

While OUR MOB cannot proceed in its usual format due to the COVID-19 ongoing public health emergency and recent travel restrictions into and out of regional and remote Aboriginal Communities, Adelaide Festival Centre together with presenting partners and in consultation with First Nations communities is exploring more ways to celebrate First Nations artists. 

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM:

“While OUR MOB art exhibitions will be missed this year as one of the best-loved events in Adelaide Festival Centre’s calendar, we look forward to presenting an exhibition of stunning First Nations works in our venues and on our digital screens.

“Art is at the heart of many regional and remote communities and we look forward to supporting South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists throughout this year and into 2021 – when OUR MOB will return.”

The 2020 OUR MOB program was set to include three free exhibitions: OUR MOB: art by South Australian Aboriginal; OUR YOUNG MOB: art by Aboriginal artists 18 years and under and the Don Dunstan Foundation Prize solo exhibition, to be created by last year’s Emerging Artist Award recipient, Ngarrindjeri, Nurungga, Ngadjuri woman Sonya Rankine.

Sonya Rankine: “The OUR MOB 2019 Exhibition and winning the Don Dunstan Foundation Emerging Artist Award motivated and inspired me to continue exploring new ways of weaving.

“As planned I have focused on growing my business, Lakun Mara’s presence on Facebook and Instagram and it has substantially grown in demand for workshops, commissioned pieces and moving into the creation of custom-made earrings.

“I'm looking forward to OUR MOB 2021 and working on creating some really unique and special pieces to be a part of my exhibition next year.”

Since 2006, OUR MOB has showcased the quality and diversity of art created by First Nations artists from urban Adelaide and across the State’s regional and remote communities, boosting the careers of numerous artists and generating direct-to-artist sales to support their art practices. 

Adelaide Festival Centre gratefully acknowledges ongoing partnerships with Ku Arts and SICAD; Country Arts SA; The Don Dunstan Foundation; TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art; and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture centre managers and coordinators across South Australia.

For further updates, please check Adelaide Festival Centre’s OUR MOB page.

A selection of High-res images of artists and artworks here

For media enquiries contact:
Francesca Belperio – 0402 842 204 francesca.belperio@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au