19 October 2017
Beach Energy has partnered with the South Australian Museum as the exclusive corporate sponsor of an innovative new series of free exhibitions, designed to provide a deep focus on community engagement and promote audience awareness of Australian Aboriginal culture.
To be presented during the 2017 to 2018 season, the exhibition series will draw from the South Australian Museum’s existing collections of world renowned Australian Aboriginal material and incorporate new collaborations.
The exhibitions are a continuation of the longstanding support provided by Beach Energy of the Museum’s Ruby Award winning Out of the Glass Case outreach program. Leading in remote and regional engagement with the widest-ranging outreach program of any Australian museum, Out of the Glass Case delivers free science and nature based learning experiences direct to remote families and communities in South Australia and neighbouring communities.
“We are very proud to continue our support for the South Australian Museum and in particular this fantastic initiative, which enables regional communities to enjoy some of the Museum’s best experiences,” said Mr Matthew Kay, Chief Executive Officer of Beach Energy.
The first display in the series, Shared Sky, is a collaborative exhibition by indigenous artists from both Australia and South Africa, exploring the skies as seen through the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.
“This exciting exhibition brings together the artworks of the Yamatji of South Africa and Australian Aboriginal artists from the Mid-West region of Western Australia, as well as African artists of San descent and central Karoo region of South Africa’s Northern and Eastern Cape,” said Mr Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum.
“These artworks celebrate the ancient cultural wisdom shared by countless generations, created in response to the ancestral stories of the movements of the night sky as it appears above of the artist’s traditional homelands.
“The Museum is grateful to Beach Energy for their dedication and support in helping us realise key initiatives and important new exhibitions,” said Mr Oldman.
The remainder of the series will feature an exhibition for the Adelaide Festival with Ngarrindjeri Artist Jacob Stengle, and will also involve Aboriginal staff from the Museum’s Pathways program helping to develop a rich array of displays, ensuring that Aboriginal voices tell Aboriginal stories at the Museum.
Shared Skies is open to the public until 28 January 2018.
The Milky Way (detail), Wendy Jackamarra (Badimaya)
Acrylic on linen