Next month, Adelaide Festival Centre will celebrate the 13th year of Our Mob: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists, a free exhibition featuring artworks from over 70 artists of ages ranging from 8 – 77 years old.
On display from 1 September until 14 October in the Festival Theatre Galleries at Adelaide Festival Centre, Our Mob works that are on display will also be available for sale.
This year, the Our Mob program features three main components: Our Mob, an exhibition of works by South Australian Aboriginal artists; Our Young Mob, an exhibition of works by artists under 18 years old, including some children of parents exhibiting in Our Mob; and the Don Dunstan Foundation Prize Showcase, including a selection of works produced by last year’s Don Dunstan Emerging Artist Award recipient, Patrick Ferguson.
Working together with Country Arts SA and Ananguku Arts and Culture, artworks are gathered from Adelaide and across the State’s regional and remote communities.
Adelaide Festival Centre has showcased the quality and diversity of art created by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists since 2006, boosting the careers of numerous artists and generating direct-to-artist sales to support their art practices.
Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM, says Our Mob is one of the best-loved and most important fixtures in Adelaide Festival Centre’s calendar.
“Visual arts are central to Adelaide Festival Centre’s presentations and we are proud to present and support established and emerging artists. Our Mob’s celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is a key part of our annual program,” he says.
Three prizes will be awarded on opening night: Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize; the Country Arts South Australia (CASA) Regional Our Mob Emerging Artist Professional Development Award; and Aṉanguku Our Young Mob Award.
The Don Dustan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 has run for four years and is selected by judges (including the previous year’s winner), a Don Dunstan Foundation member and an Aboriginal art curator/worker. The money is awarded for professional development, with most artists using the funds for classes, research, or new materials.