Adelaide Festival Centre's most anticipated and seasoned exhibition OUR MOB will be returning for its 14th year of celebrations around art across a wide range of media.
Exhibiting OUR MOB since 2006, Adelaide Festival Centre has taken pride in being able to demonstrate the quality and diversity of art created by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, which has also resulted in boosting the careers of many artists and supporting their art practices.
This year's exhibition will bring together a kaleidoscope of 160 artworks from over 80 First Nations artists, who include those from Adelaide and South Australia, to work alongside Country Arts SA and Ku Arts to contribute their artworks.
OUR MOB, works by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists;
OUR YOUNG MOB, works by Aboriginal artists 18 years and under and
The Don Dunstan Foundation Prize Showcase, produced by last year's Emerging Artist Award recipient Tony Wilson.
OUR MOB is rightly among the nation's prestigious exhibitions of First Nations art celebrating the energy, quality and diversity of South Australian art, providing an excellent snapshot of contemporary First Nations art making and an outstanding opportunity to art makers across the state.
Douglas Gautier AM (Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director)
The Don Dunstan Foundation OUR MOB Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 has run for five years and is selected by a panel of judges. After winning the 2018 Don Dunstan award, Adelaide-based Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri/Narrunga contemporary artist Tony Wilson travelled to Italy to gain the inspiration around his artwork, which involves lots of intricate and evocative works of art that explore themes of identity, collective resonance, connectedness and self-empowerment.
Ngarrindjeri / Nurungga / Ngadjuri woman Sonya Rankine was announced as the winner of the $5,000 Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize during the 2019 OUR MOB opening at Adelaide Festival Centre on August 22, 2019. Winning the $5000 grant will mean that the 49-year old Moonta Bay resident to further her business Lakun Mara (meaning Weaving Hand), which focuses on the revival and maintenance of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques and cultural practice.
I've been weaving for 25 years. I first learnt from Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, the traditional Ngarrindjeri technique using reeds from the Coorong. Since then I have continued to have a strong cultural interest and passion for weaving. This was strengthened by attending the 2019 National Basketry Gathering delivering a workshop and learning many more styles to incorporate. My weaving is about reviving and maintaining culture and the tradition of Ngarrindjeri weaving through creating contemporary Aboriginal art. Sonya Rankine, winner of the 2019 Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize
Sonya Rankine - Lakun Mara 14 Partar Pempandawi - OUR MOB 2019 - Don Dunstan Foundation Emerging Artist Award