Artists: Paul Bong, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Belinda Close, Penny Evans, Carol McGregor, Kim Williams and Philomena Yeatman and video work filmed by Nikki Michail featuring Kieron Anderson, Sonja Carmichael, Sandra Delaney and
Joshua Walker.

The multilayered knowledge of place held by Aboriginal people reveals an intimate bond and understanding of the land, waters and their materials, one which persists strongly today through connection to Country. Seeing Country expresses the resilience of this connection, bringing together Quandamooka stories with those of Yidinji, Gunggandji, Kullilli-Wakka-Wakka, Gamilaraay and Wathaurung people.

Demonstrating the shared affinity with the land and waters for all of these people, this exhibition also highlights the unique aspects of each nation’s relationship with its own Country.

Embracing old ways through diverse and contemporary media, artists make visible and celebrate the ongoing importance of distinct ecologies, ancestral connections, and practices of place.

Curated by Freja Carmichael, Seeing Country includes works from the RAG Collection and loaned works. Please visit the RAG website for further information on Seeing Country public programs and opportunities

Download the pdf Exhibition catalogue  [1MB]

Redland Art Gallery has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.

An exhibition held in conjunction with NAIDOC Week 2019 and Quandamooka Festival.




Opening Event:
6.30pm Friday 28 June 2019

Panel Talk and Morning Tea:
10am Sunday 18 August 2019

Online Access:
Seeing Country exhibition film
Play video now  Vimeo video (12:35 min)

Video: Redland Art Gallery and Nikki Michail, Place of abundance 2019, video 12.35 minutes filmed and edited by Nikki Michail. Produced by Redland Art Gallery. Video featuring Sandra Delaney, Sonja Carmichael, Joshua Walker and Kieron Anderson. Courtesy of the artists and Redland Art Gallery.

Image: Penny Evans, Blue swamp banksia 1 – 8 2017, white earthenware clay, copper carbonate, black slip, pooling glazes, translucent glaze, sgraffito. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2018 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Carl Warner.