Just Not Australian presents Australian practitioners at the forefront of national debate and practice. Drawing together 20 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, their differing ideas and perspectives on nationhood coexist within this timely thematic show. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time. This exhibition was developed just prior to the official 250th anniversary celebrations for Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia. This is an opportunity to engage critically with this moment in Australia’s colonial history and to examine the meaning of ‘arrival’ as a continuum within this country that has seen ongoing immigration historically and contemporaneously.
Featured artists include: Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley and Soda Jerk.
The gallery is open and practicing COVID-19 social distancing measures. You can book a free ticket online here.
Full tour itinerary:
Tweed Regional Gallery and The Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW: 18 September – 8 November 2020
Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW: 21 November 2020 – 7 February 2021
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 19 February – 5 April 2021
Maitland Regional Art Gallery. NSW: May – July 2021
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW: 14 August – 26 September 2021
NorthSite Contemporary Art Centre, QLD: 6 December 2021 – 5 February 2022
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD: 18 February – 3 April 2022
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, QLD: 17 April – 18 June 2022
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 2 July – 4 September 2022
Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA: 17 September – 30 October 2022