Maiwar curated by Blaklash Collective

Brisbane City Council initiative
2016 to 2018

Since 2016, BlakLash Collective —  Amanda Hayman, Freja Carmichael and Katina Davidson — has worked in partnership with Brisbane City Council to produce Maiwar, the annual city-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art program. Within the last three years, we have curated more than 30 Indigenous artists and each year the program has provided opportunities for emerging artists to be showcased alongside established and internationally recognised artists.

Maiwar is a contemporary art program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture celebrated through a series of outdoor exhibitions, panel discussions and guided tours. The month-long program offers in-depth learning and engagement with First Nation contemporary art practices which include nine outdoor gallery sites including a display at Museum of Brisbane, large-scale projections on to the William Jolly Bridge and two outdoor vitrines on Edward Street. Maiwar also offers opportunities for the public to chat with Blaklash and the artists on the guided tours and panel discussions.

The artworks in Maiwar 2018 responded to the thematic concept of ‘endurance’; celebrating Aboriginal people’s strength and resilience as the longest living culture in the world.

Artists 2018: Jordana Angus, Debbie Taylor, Mandy Quadrio, David Jones, Libby Harward, Leah King-Smith, Dylan Mooney, Kiana Larkins, Jason Murphy, Fiona Foley and Katina Davidson.

Artists 2017: Tony Albert, Tori-Jay Mordey, Lisa Sorbie Martin, Laurie Nilsen, Bianca Beeston, Carol McGregor, Warraba Weatherall, Robert Andrew, Jo-Anne Driessens, Lilla Watson, Richard Bell, Shara Delaney and Claudia Moodoonuthi.

Artists 2016: Elisa Jane Carmichael, Gordon Hookey, Glennys Briggs, Ryan Presley, Archie Moore, Megan Cope, Judy Watson and Hannah Brontë.

Jo-Anne Driessens -  Sorry Day Series  (2010). Installed at Eagle Lane. Maiwar 2017. Image courtesy of Brisbane City Council.

Jo-Anne Driessens - Sorry Day Series (2010). Installed at Eagle Lane. Maiwar 2017. Image courtesy of Brisbane City Council.

Maiwar artist Mandy Quardrio in front of her work,  Continuing Connections , 2018, Edward Street Vitrine, Maiwar 2018.

Maiwar artist Mandy Quardrio in front of her work, Continuing Connections, 2018, Edward Street Vitrine, Maiwar 2018.