The Blak Dot Gallery is an Indigenous run gallery, in a lovely location just off Sydney Road Brunswick. As well as exploring the gallery exhibitions you can also spend time exploring the local offerings in Sydney Road. Peter Waples – Crowe, a Ngarigo man was invited to create a body of work in response to the collection of colonial prints held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Peter invited Megan Evans to provide a non-aboriginal contribution to the exhibition. Megan ‘s heritage is scottish, irish, welsh and her great grandfather was a colonist in 1872.
The exhibition is titled “Squatters and Savages” and challenges the visitor to revisit our shared history.
Peter Waples – Crowe uses simple figures and a few blunt words to describe the attitude of the colonisers to, and the impact on, the Indigenous population. This includes loss of land, life, freedom and dignity.
Megan Evans has taken every day furniture found in the genteel homes of the “squattocracy” to make a bold statement of the bloody, brutal and deadly colonisation of Australia.
The exhibition is on until 2nd September and worth a visit.
Megan Evans: Hunting Party 1 and 2 Media: Antique chairs, embroidery thread, glass beads (included with artist’s consent)