The Tali Gallery, located in Rozelle, features a vast range of ethically sourced contemporary and traditional Indigenous art and this March, as part of Art Month and the Greek Festival of Sydney, they are holding a very special exhibition focusing on the image of owls in both Aboriginal and Greek art.
This group exhibition, entitled Koukouvagia: Boobook, will run from March 2nd and will feature artworks by Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri, Mabel Juli, Judy Manan, Megan Yunupingu and Neil Maxwell.
According to Tom Warhol, author of Owls, these birds in Australian Aboriginal cultures are "… honoured and protected because they represent the souls of women", while in Greek mythology, owls are viewed as "... a symbol of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare"(page 14). In this exhibition, these myths and legends are explored through various paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks.
In addition to the beautiful and intricate artworks on display, the Tali Gallery are also holding two interactive children's workshops (recommended for ages 7 to 12) on March 17th to accompany this very special cross cultural exhibition. Entitled Art Adventure, these workshops will feature Susie from the children's music group Earthbeats, Didjeridu expert Charlie McMahon and artist Danielle Sullivan. These workshops are free (bookings are essential) and parent supervision is required.
There will also be a special Greek Festival of Sydney preview of the exhibition on March 1st and a Sydney Art Month Drinks for Night Owls event on March 2nd. It is also worth noting that there will also be a series of public lectures throughout March presented under the banner of the 'Wisdom Series', which will explore the various cultural themes of this exhibition in depth.
For more information on the Tali Gallery, please visit the website and Facebook profile, and for more information on the March special events program, forthcoming workshops and public lectures, please see the newsletter, located here.