Tangled by Katina Davidson, 2016. Oil on linen.
Maiwar is a contemporary art program of First Nations' art and culture celebrated through a series of outdoor exhibitions, panel discussions and guided tours. Located in the heart of Brisbane CBD, Maiwar offers rich and diverse responses to the artist’s connection to Maiwar and the surrounding areas.
The month-long program offered in-depth learning and engagement with First Nation contemporary art practices which included nine outdoor gallery sites including a display at Museum of Brisbane and large-scale projections on to the William Jolly Bridge.
Maiwar also offered opportunities for the public to chat with the artists and curators at the one the many guided tours and panel discussions.
Artwork 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.
In 2018, 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists took part in the Maiwar program which saw artworks displayed across the Outdoor gallery and at the Museum of Brisbane. The program also included large light projections onto the William Jolly Bridge.
Maiwar curators - Blaklash Collective
BlakLash Collective is a small arts business that is 100% Indigenous owned and operated. The collective members are Amanda Hayman (Kalkadoon and Wakka Wakka), Freja Carmichael (Ngugi, Quandamooka) and Katina Davidson (Yuggera and Kullilli). Each member has an impressive resume of education, experience and involvement in the arts and cultural industries.
BlakLash Collective specialises in providing innovative curatorial approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artist engagement. Since 2016, BlakLash Collective has proudly 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, Maiwar has engaged 35 contemporary Indigenous artists and each year it has provided opportunities for emerging artists to be showcased alongside established and internationally recognised artists.
For more information about Maiwar phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
You can also learn more about other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and initiatives hosted by Council.