Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

5th July 2021 @ 10:00 am - 14th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm
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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

The exhibition will run from July 5th until August 14th 2021.

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, the exhibition brings together a selection of 22 works, by 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, in the spirit of reconciliation twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

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

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is the first major exhibition to explore the life and legacy of Eddie Koiki Mabo from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.

This exhibition is the first to incorporate significant curatorial direction by the Mabo family, and is unique in the way that the entire show is commissioned artworks created specifically for this project that have never been seen before.

This exhibition’s existence, and its significant reach to so many galleries in regions around Australia, means that the conversation about Indigenous rights continues for people of all ages – albeit through another context – art. And hopefully through this thoughtful, personal, and warm curatorial approach, Eddie’s story can be engaged with from a multitude of current perspectives, rather than being seen as something to examine from afar – through the distance of time.

School groups, tour groups, cultural awareness activity groups all welcome. Education kits available. Eddie’s story can also be inspiring and educational for kids.

Read more in the education kit here

The exhibition Runs from July 5th to August 14th.

Gallery Hours

Open 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday
10-1pm Saturdays

Image Credit: Arone Meeks, Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community (detail), 2018, Mixed Media, 183.2 x 61.2cm
Photographer: Carl Warner


5th July 2021 @ 10:00 am
14th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm
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Walter Nicholls Gallery
66 Tasman Terrace,
Port Lincoln, SA 5606 Australia
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