the gathering

Dean Cross, Sharyn Egan, Peggy Griffiths-Madij, Yabini Kickett, Bridget Reweti, Damien Shen, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, James Tylor

the gathering Sat 20 Feb – Sun 18 Apr Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Sat 20 Feb – Sun 18 Apr Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts FREE
Event Info
Sat 20 Feb – Sun 18 Apr at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, FREE

Presented in association with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

the gathering is a reflection upon the act of gathering – of bringing together peoples, words, politics, objects, images, identities, histories, dreams and concerns. In the here and now, First Peoples and People of Colour find themselves simultaneously navigating a global health crisis and a historic moment of global awareness of systemic racism and the continued oppression of communities based on race and colour. For many, this is the moment to gather, to make collective voices heard, to be highly visible, to show resilience and resistance. It is also however a moment where those actions come with unprecedented risk to our communities.

For First Peoples the act of coming together is integral to individual and collective selfhood. In gathering, the very fabric of our identities is formed, our place in the world is determined and decisions around our futures are forged. Recent times have reminded us how important contact with each other is to our wellbeing, while asking us to rethink the ways that we gather and share time and space.

Bringing together the voices of First Nations artists from Australia, Māori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian South Sea Islander artists, the gathering explores historic journeys to faraway places during the colonial adventure, the complexities of written and unwritten histories, relationships to and custodianship of cultural and physical homelands and the politics of race and belonging, historically and in the present.

Showcasing existing and newly commissioned sculpture, video, photography, painting and installation from artists Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Dean Cross, Sharyn Egan, Peggy Griffiths-Madij, Yabini Kickett, Bridget Reweti, Damien Shen and James Tylor, the gathering is an invitation for audiences to reconsider histories, our new realities and our shared humanity, at a time when the world is united in so many ways, but increasingly divided in others. Throughout the exhibition there will be opportunities to hear from special guests, to participate in challenging, but necessary, conversations and to learn more about the histories and cultures which inform the artists’ work.

Sun 7 Feb

Tue 9 Feb – Sun 18 Apr
Tue – Sun 10am – 5pm

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington (Nhanda/Noongar Peoples)

Participating artists
Dean Cross (Worimi), Sharyn Egan, (Whadjuk Noongar), Peggy Griffiths-Madij (Mirriwong/Gajirrawoong Peoples), Yabini Kickett (Ballardong, Nyaki-Nyaki, Wadjuk and Bibbulmun Noongar), Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Te Rangi), Damien Shen (Ngarrindjeri/Chinese Australian), Jasmine Togo-Brisby (Australian South Sea Islander), James Tylor (Kaurna, Māori, English, Scottish, Irish & Norwegian)

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington – Curator
Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is from the Nhanda and Noongar peoples of mid-west and south-west of Western Australia and is also a member of a Dutch and Scottish migrant family. Glenn trained as an artist and currently runs an arts consultancy where he works closely with First Nations artists and arts workers on projects and exhibitions. Prior to this he was the inaugural Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum, where he curated NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, a significant exhibition of art and culture from the Western Desert and also held the roles of Curator of Content Development, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum (2014 – 16) and Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photographs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2007 – 14).

Time & Location

Sat 20 Feb – Sun 18 Apr

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Francis Street and, William St, Northbridge / Yandilup


Free Event


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  • James Tylor, '(Deleted scenes)' From an untouched landscape #2, 2013, inkjet print on hahnemuhle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void. Courtesy the artist

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