Australian art exhibit on display at Royal Wharf

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Australian High Commission in collaboration with the Brunei Museums Department is currently showcasing a collection of indigenous Australian art at the Art Gallery of the Royal Wharf in the capital.

Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition yesterday. Titled “Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia”, the exhibition comprises 21 artwork and presents the alternate perspectives of 11 indigenous urban artists practising in a number of states around Australia.

In his speech yesterday, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei His Excellency Todd Mercer said that such events are an important means of building a better understanding between both countries.

“Through the many Bruneians who have studied in Australia, the strong and longstanding ties between our governments and defence forces, people-to-people links are already strong. It is our aim at the high commission to continue to build on these, and over the coming year we are looking for further opportunities to collaborate, with a particular focus on culture and sport,” he said.

The works in the exhibition underline the vitality, energy and innovation of indigenous communities and artists, and take the audience beyond the popular contemporary indigenous art movement of Australia’s Western Desert to the personal experiences of life in urban Australia, said Mercer.

The collection has already travelled widely, throughout Africa, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The exhibition will be on display until December 19.

The Brunei Times