EVENT CANCELLED Behind the Scenes: Mosman Art Gallery

4:00pm Tuesday, 31 March 2020
6:00pm Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Mosman Art Gallery
corner of Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman, New South Wales 2088

Due to current events the Art Gallery is unable to go ahead with our tour next fortnight.
Sincere apologies for any disappointment this will cause those who have already signed up, we will endeavour to organise another tour at a future date.


AMAGA NSW members are invited to a private tour at the Mosman Art Gallery. The Gallery’s Senior Curator will be sharing her insights regarding two of their upcoming exhibitions.

Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman and artist from North Stradbroke Island who is currently living and working in Melbourne, her work investigates the relationships between place and environment, geography, history, contested sites, identities and power. For those of you who attended the 2017 conference in Brisbane you may remember that Megan provided a keynote speech and that her artwork offered provocation to the conference theme of Museums and Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes.

The Black Napoleon reflects on the story of Aboriginal leader Eulope from Moreton Bay who led the Quandamooka people in their resistance against British forces. Called the “Black Napoleon” by the colony for his apparent resemblance to Napoleon Bonaparte his story is just one of many stories of powerful and clever people defying Empire at the turn of the 19th and 20th century throughout Australia.
Cope’s installation practice includes Re formation I, a series in which she recreates significant shell midden sites from her country, built up over thousands of years of food gathering and processing practices by Quandamooka people. Across the country, many of these middens were desecrated by early colonists to extract lime, thereby erasing evidence of First Nations occupation and land use. By challenging historical narratives, people’s notions of ownership and connection to the land, the artist highlights alternative historical narratives and in this way, Cope’s artwork aims to re-image and remap history, and recreate our shared sense of place and identity.

Commissioned in 2015 to mark the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Bungaree’s Farm this exhibition uses audio, video, performance and installation to explore the legacy of Bungaree. Bungaree, also known as the Chief of the Broken Bay Aborigines, was a central figure in early colonial Sydney and was the first person known to have been called an ‘Australian’. 
A result of intensive residency workshops led by curator Djon Mundine OAM the participating artists include; Daniel Boyd, Blak Douglas, Karla Dickens, Leah Flanagan, Amala Groom, Warwick Keen, Peter McKenzie, Djon Mundine OAM, Caroline Oakley, Bjorn Stewart, Leanne Tobin, Jason Wing, Chantal Woods and Sandy Woods.

Tuesday 31 March from 4pm-6pm.

Light refreshments will be served after the tour.
This event is free but bookings are essential.

Mosman Art Gallery is located on the corner of Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd, a short stroll away from Spit and Mosman Junction. From the city, it’s a short bus ride from Wynyard station on the B-line.


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Australian Museums and Galleries Association 
New South Wales

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Part of the AMaGA NSW member’s events series - March 2020
MGA Members: Free registration 
Non-Members: $20 registration

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