Carriageworks presents 2022 SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 5 Oct 2022

SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market returns for its first physical edition since 2019 following two near sell out online editions.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most renowned and significant contemporary multi-arts organisations will present its sixth annual edition of SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market, and the first physical edition since 2019, over two days from Saturday 19 November until Sunday 20 November 2022. Curated by respected Arrernte and Kalkadoon curator, writer, advisor and presenter Hetti Perkins and leading Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, SOUTHEAST celebrates the rich cultural inheritance and contemporary artistic expression of Aboriginal artists and practitioners of the south-east region of Australia.

After two near sell-out online editions in 2020 and 2021, this year SOUTHEAST brings together 30 independent Aboriginal artists and collectives from the south-east including regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, the Murray–Darling basin catchment and Tasmania. The market will offer over 250 artworks for sale across ceramics, jewellery, weaving, carving, textiles, photography, painting and prints, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the artists.

Curators Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones said: “We’re looking forward to returning to Carriageworks for our first physical market in three years and showcasing the extraordinary work of artists from the south-east region. Being back together in person brings with it an important sense of kinship. As we reconnect, visitors can engage directly with local artists, have a yarn and purchase artworks, providing vital support and giving artists the opportunity to engage with new audiences.”

Alongside the market, there will be a series of weaving circle sessions with Burramattagal and Dharug artists and community members, Aunty Julie and Jayne Christian, as well as a talk series with leading curators from the south-east Rachel Piercy (Murrawarri), Art Gallery Director at the Manning Regional Art Gallery; Zoe Rimmer (Pakana), Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Erin Vink (Ngiyampaa) Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to discuss their passion and projects that celebrate the unique region they call home. There will also be a delicious pop-up food experience, Warakirri by Indigiearth a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated cafe located in Mudgee that celebrates modern Australian Native Cuisine. Founded by Sharon Winsor (Ngemba/Weilwan) Warakirri by Indigiearth will be serving up dishes made using native ingredients including damper with native jam and wattleseed cream, kangaroo sliders, lemon myrtle squid with finger lime pearls and green ants, bush tomato, pumpkin and fetta quiche and crocodile salad. Carriageworks has also partnered with Dhuwa, Australia’s Indigenous-owned coffee brand to serve coffee. This is the start of a long-term partnership with Dhuwa who will be stocked at Carriageworks’ cafe.

Director, First Nations Programs Jacob Boehme said: “Our aim at Carriageworks is to bring First Nations stories and culture to the heart of what we do, and SOUTHEAST is a truly unique opportunity each year to meet First Nations artists from all across the south-eastern region of the country and learn more about their practice and traditions. We’re also delighted to collaborate with Warakirri Café for the first time this year for a delicious food offering celebrating native ingredients.”

Artists and collectives participating in SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2022 include: Tom Carney (Ngemba), Casino Wake Up Time (Bundjalung/Kamillaroi), Lucy Connelly-Williams (Wiradjuri), Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Wiradjuri), Cheryl Davison (Walbanga/Ngarigo), Nathan Dawson (Gomeroi), Nadeena Dixon (Wiradjuri/Yuin/Gadigal), David Doyle (Barkindji/Malyngapa), Penny Evans (Gamilaroi), Suzy Evans (Gomeroi), Nicole Foreshew (Wiradjuri), Helena Geiger (Gumbaynggirr), Mick Harding (Taungurung/Kulin), Krystal Hurst (Worimi/Gathang), Jeanette James (Palawa), Cassie Leatham (Taungurung/Wurundjeri), Jessica Leffley (Wiradjuri), Mitch & Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung/Barkindji), Kylie McNamara (Kamilaroi), Arron Nicholls (Wadi Wadi/Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri/Ngarrindjeri), Frances Belle Parker (Yaegl), Barbara Quayle (Barkandji), Nannette Shaw (Trawoolway/Tyereelore/Bunurong), Yasmin Silveira (Palawa/Trawoolway), Andy Snelgar (Ngemba), Melissa Stannard (Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay/Koama), Jamie-Lea Trindall (Wiradjuri), Sammy Trist (Taungurung), Kevin “Sooty” Welsh (Wailwan), Kay Lee Williams (Kamilaroi), Sharon Windsor (Ngemba/Weilwan) and Teresa Yasserie (Wiradjuri).

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said, “Carriageworks is proud to present the sixth annual edition of SOUTHEAST and welcome back the artists and market visitors for an in real life event with a fantastic program curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones. Carriageworks is committed to supporting First Nations artists and amplifying their voices and perspectives, so we’re excited to again host SOUTHEAST together with our partner Bloomberg Philanthropies.”

Bloomberg is a Major Partner of Carriageworks and the Presenting Partner of SOUTHEAST. The support builds on Bloomberg’s broader work around Reconciliation in Australia to support and actively progress efforts to create an Australia that is fair, equal, and values the communities, histories and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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