Special Exhibition Event with Artist and Curator Gail Mabo

Come along to the Gallery on Thursday, 20 May 5.30-6.30pm for a one-off opportunity to hear special guest Gail Mabo talk about the life and work of her father.

FREE ENTRY. All welcome.

Booking essential for COVID and Catering

Special Exhibition Event

Gail Mabo has been exhibiting artwork as an artist in her own right for over a decade. She also acts as her family’s representative for Eddie Koiki Mabo’s cultural legacy. Gail is a founding member of Murris in Ink (MII), a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island printmakers who live and work in the Townsville region. The group works from Umbrella Studio and has been developing the artists’ skills as printmakers since 2008 through a series of masterclasses, workshops and artist residencies.

Legacy: Reflections of Mabo, currently on show until June 13th, explores visually expressed reflections of the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo – and the impact of his achievements on Australia, 27 years on.

Curated by Gail Mabo – the daughter of Eddie Koiki Mabo, as well as Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, this travelling exhibition brings together 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation.

Each artist has responded to an aspect of Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism or legacy. The artworks come together in surprising ways, with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

This event is part of the SA Regional Creative Industries Conference, 19-21 May 2021 in Port Pirie

Gail Mabo is supported by Museums and Galleries of Queensland, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and LEGATUS GROUP to attend this event.

The Legatus Group is the peak regional local government organisation that focuses on the wealth, wellbeing and social cohesion of its communities via sustainable productive landscapes and the natural environments.


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Judy Watson ‘Mabo legacy with resistance pins’, 2019. Acrylic, graphite and lumocolour pencil on canvas. 180 x 100cm. Photographed by Carl Warner

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David Jones , Mabo Confronts Leviathan 2019. Etching print on rag paper. 93.5 x 76.5cm. Photographed by Carl Warner