By Sam Provost
Five young Aboriginal artists from Menindee in far western NSW have come to Old Parliament Property to see their artworks displayed in the Right Right here Now exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD).
The exhibition showcases 18 artists operating outside the significant city centres of Australia who have been paired in a creative mentorship project.
The artists, from Menindee, have been accompanied to Canberra by Rick Ball, a renowned artist from Broken Hill and mentor to the group.
Taya Biggs, Jade Cicak, Neil Mitchell, Joseph Newman and Tahlia Philp every single have a piece in the exhibition.
The artists work with a variety of mediums such as cardboard, paint and photography.
The title of 16-year-old Mitchell’s piece is Land.
He said it was a representation of his residence, a desert town amidst a series of ephemeral lakes.
“That’s what my paintings are about, the land and region about Menindee. I cannot genuinely do any other kinds of art. This is my art,” Neil mentioned.
The piece harnesses the colours of the land: reds, yellows and browns, with textures and dots used to illustrate man-produced and animal tracks.
‘They can’t cope with any bullshit… I love that’
Ball, who has been working with the younger artists considering that they were in pre-college, stated the connection had changed the way that he approached his personal art.
“I have learnt and un-learnt so a lot operating within the Menindee Community and operating with these young youngsters,” he mentioned.
“They just cannot cope with any bullshit, and I adore that. They just won’t take it. I consider being out west and away from the city, that happens, and that impacts my art practice.”
Ball also has a piece in the exhibition.
The director of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Daryl Karp, stated the objective of the exhibition was to nurture emerging artists by constructing relationships with established artists in their region.
“What is truly exciting about this exhibition is that we’ve got leading-of-their-game artists and the subsequent level of emerging artists coming collectively in a mentorship system,” she said.
“So you get a collaboration that among them has something really strong to say.”
Right Right here Now runs at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament Residence until February 7, 2016.
Subjects: visual-art, contemporary-art, arts-and-entertainment, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, indigenous-culture