Hunter Red

26 May – 22 July 2018

The Hunter Red suite of exhibitions represents a collaborative vision shared by Hunter-based institutions: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up. This collaborative project, Hunter Red, seeks to defy any one-dimensional view. We are Hunter Reds but ‘red’ is: the earth on which we stand and share; the symbol of celebration and revelry; our flesh and blood; and our political unrest. Each gallery and exhibition examines a different vision of our region. It incorporates voices ignored and marginalised as well as celebrating joy and the fragility of our humanity. The collective challenges audiences to explore all the diverse and innovative exhibitions in this project, to travel between the institutions, engage in a host of varied and exciting public programs and be astounded by the wealth of the combined Hunter collections. Re(A)d Earth is LMCAG’s response.


Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 26 May – 22 July 2018


Maitland Regional Art Gallery 5 May – 22 July 2018


Newcastle Art Gallery 26 May – 22 July 2018


The Lock Up 26 May – 1 July 2018

A Hunter Cultural Collective project with partners Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, and The Lock-Up.

Nicole Chaffey The Killing Song (detail) 2018, ochres, ink, paper, earthenware, installation dimensions variable, courtesy the artist © the artist

Re(A)d Earth

26 May – 22 July 2018

Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives on this connection and acknowledges ‘reading’ of the earth as elemental for Aboriginal people. Building on the strength of existing cultural foundations in the region, this multidisciplinary exhibition comprises works selected for their reflection of Country or Dreaming. These contemporary Aboriginal artists use traditional or new media in traditional or new ways. Contemporary does not have to mean a divergence from cultural practice and lore.

A gallery project curated by Donna Biles-Fernando and developed in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group.

Kathleen Paddoon Napanangka Nakarra Nakarra (detail) 2007. Donated by Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society, 2013, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Works on Paper Collection, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery © Kathleen Paddoon/Copyright Agency, 2018.

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Moving Histories // Future Projections

2 July – 2 September 2018

Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council). The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or reimagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Through repetition, montage and mimicry, they explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, each looking back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists - excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channeling the past to make new connections across time and space.

A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW

Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Ngallowan (They Remain) (still) (detail), 2014, single channel video, 16:9, PAL, sound, 6:14 mins, courtesy the artists © the artists.