TRUE LIES (and alibis)

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Julie Gough 

Join us for the opening night of TRUE LIES (and alibis) from home as Wyndham Art Gallery continues to offer exhibitions digitally.  

The exhibition and launch will be available throughout the duration of the show and we’ll be continuing to offer our Go Deeper program digitally, with Artist in Conversation and Sunday Salon events. 

Trawlwoolway artist Julie Gough has exhibited widely across Australia and internationally. For TRUE LIES (and alibis) she presents a multi-layered installation focussing on Tasmanian Aboriginal children taken by colonists in the early 1800s, including her ancestor Dalrymple Briggs, who lived with a colonial surgeon and his wife as a child.  

Gough’s installation explores the experience of her ancestor and other Aboriginal contemporaries through video, a series of posters originally presented in the forest of the Queens Domain, Hobart, and new work developed for this exhibition, an evidence wall unpacking colonial actions against her people. 

As awareness emerges nationally that history has more than one side, that assumed truths are due for re-evaluation, this exhibition discloses historic crimes that continue to resonate for First Peoples. 

At 6:30pm on opening night the launch video will be accessible via the Experience Wyndham Facebook feed and through the Wyndham City Youtube channel, accessible here:  

At that same time the Virtual Gallery will go live where you’ll be able to navigate through the space, access video tours with the curators and view the catalogue. 

Artist in Conversation
23 July, 6pm
Julie will discuss the works, featured in the show that ruminate on the experiences of Tasmanian Aboriginal children in the 1800s as well as her ongoing creative practice. This discussion delves deeply into this extensive, installation-based exhibition and draws connections to broader historical narratives.

Sunday Salon
30 August, 1pm – 2.30pm
Join artist, Deanne Gilson, a proud Wadawurrung woman of Aboriginal and Australian/English descent as she talks about her connection to Country and introduces the shield as a metaphor of protection in this live workshop session delivered via Zoom. Workshop participants will be led by Deanne to explore their own heritage and personal stories through the creation of a shield.

Reflections with Maree Clarke
3 September, 6pm

To celebrate and reflect on this exhibition as it comes to an end, Wyndham Art Gallery is delighted to announce the release of a floor talk video featuring powerhouse contemporary artist and former Wyndham Art Gallery co-curator Maree Clarke, in conversation with current  co-curator Dr. Megan Evans.

Image Credit: Julie Gough – Crime Scene, 2019 (video still)