An ambitious new exhibition, aimed at providing a space for the abundant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artistic talent, is coming to Newcastle Museum in 2023.
Titled FIRST, the exhibition aims to challenge perceptions of traditional and modern creative practice by showcasing diverse work being produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island creatives who have a link to Newcastle and the Hunter are invited to submit an expression of interest to take part in the free exhibition, which will be on display at Newcastle Museum from April 2023.
"FIRST offers a blank canvas for creatives to broaden the community's perception on contemporary and traditional practices," City of Newcastle’s Museum, Archive, Libraries and Learning Director Julie Baird said.
"It will offer new insight into the variety and possibilities offered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives while also providing them with an opportunity to leave a first and lasting impression with potential collaborators, clients, and audiences."
Newcastle Councillor and proud Wiradjuri woman Deahnna Richardson said the exhibition provided an invaluable vehicle through which we can better understand Newcastle’s story and identity.
“The Awabakal and Worimi communities have cared for this country we call Newcastle for more than 60,000 years and have carried rich and diverse arts practices and knowledge through many generations to contemporary life," Cr Richardson said.
“I applaud Newcastle Museum for working alongside the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide a space to celebrate their extraordinary creative and cultural practices."
The exhibition will also feature an online portfolio where visitors can connect directly with artists’ profiles.
Expressions of interest are open until Sunday 12 February 2023. Head here for more information.