Gallery visit for a winter weekend: My Country at Auckland Art Gallery

[caption id="attachment_3874" align="alignnone" width="971"]Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 11.46.19 AM 'Two Jangala warriors from Warlugulong' by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1995).[/caption] Last weekend we visited Auckland Art Gallery to view the latest exhibition they’re hosting, My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia. It's certainly a heavy and powerful exhibition, but equally as enlightening and educational. The largest and most significant exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art ever shown in New Zealand, My Country showcases the breadth of recent work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and the connection they have with their land and nation. There are over 100 works to see by over 400 artists, such as Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Bindi Cole, Fiona Foley, Sally Gabori, Tony Albert, and filmmaker Warwick Thornton who present beautiful displays of personal, ancestral and indigenous perspectives on their past and present relations with the vast expanse that is the Australian continent. Auckland Art Gallery is the only venue outside of Australia to present these works and it finishes on Sunday 17th August, so slot this one into your diary for a rainy day. My Country is $15 on weekends and $10 on weekdays for adults. Children under 12 are free. Click here for more information on the Auckland Art Gallery website. Words by Isabella Bernal. [caption id="attachment_3875" align="alignnone" width="700"]Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 11.48.14 AM 'Symbol of the Torres Strait' by Ken Thaiday (2003)[/caption]