Selling Yarns 2

Innovation for sustainability




Session: Mentoring between communities Friday 6 March 2009 10:40 12:05pm

Nicole Foreshew

Assistant Curator, Object Gallery


Object is collaborating with the Australian Museum to develop Menagerie, a major touring exhibition of sculptural works depicting a wide variety of animal forms by Indigenous artists from across the country.

The exhibition will open across two venues in September 2009 and will feature approximately 70 works by 34 prominent artists.

It will include ceramics from Hermannsburg and NSW; fibre-based works from the South East and Arnhem Land; various styles of wood carving; works cast in bronze and aluminium; mixed media assemblages by urban Indigenous artists; and pieces constructed from steel and wire. The works demonstrate the breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculptural practice, with examples of totemic or symbolic value, carrying stories that can be conveyed to broad audiences.

Curatorial Process
Identifying and presenting innovative contemporary practice, by focusing on animal representations through sculpture. Specifically focusing on the process and the application of the material collected, found, stored, and used.

Showcasing various narratives embedded and materialised in animal forms, by fusing relationships between artists, culture, place and the environment. It is important to consider the personal and cultural significance of works.

Important Partnerships
Object Gallery and the Australian Museum are the primary drivers of the project. The Indigenous Education Unit at Taronga Zoo will be involved in the development of important educational and public program activities and cross-promotion.

The Australian Museum and Taronga Zoo views collaborative projects such as these as being important in providing vital support to the continuing and contemporary development of rich and diverse Indigenous Australian cultural practices and expressive forms.

The exhibition seeks to provide diverse audiences with access to:

The paper, to be jointly presented by the co-curators of the show, Brian Parkes and Nicole Foreshew, will discuss these aims and the process of the development of the exhibition.

See also: Nicole Foreshew's biography