'Revisioning the Past' / Nicole Chaffey, Julie Gough, John Maynard and Gionni di Gravio
Doors and Exhibition Viewing: 4PM
Panel Discussion: 4:30PM-5:30PM
First Nations artists Nicole Chaffey and Julie Gough will discuss ideas and stories related to their current solo exhibitions at The Lock-Up, Disclosure: Julie Gough and Feral: Nicole Chaffey. Both exhibitions delve into colonial and Indigenous family histories, revealing horrific acts and long-buried secrets. The artists will engage in a conversation with Indigenous historian John Maynard and archivist Gionni di Gravio to explore the significance of researching and unveiling Indigenous histories. It is a timely exploration of local histories, familial legacies, and unsettling national realities.
This event represents the last opportunity to view the two exhibitions.
About Julie Gough
A Trawlwoolway woman, Julie Gough is an installation, sound, and video artist, writer, and a curator of First People’s Art and Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart. Gough’s research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting subsumed and often conflicting histories often referring to her family’s experiences as Tasmanian First Nations people.
About Nicole Chaffey
Nicole Chaffey is a Biripai/Gadigal woman, who lives in Newcastle, Mulubinba. She is the Museum Gallery Director at Murrook Culture Centre, and a painter and ceramicist. Her creative practice has long been founded in family history, story and connecting to culture and Country.
About John Maynard
Emeritus Professor John Maynard, is a Worimi man, and current co-director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Centre (Chair of Indigenous History). He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organisations and committees including Director of the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle, Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, New South Wales History Council, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC), Australian Research Council College of Experts – Deputy Chair Humanities, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) and the NSW Fulbright Selection Committee.
About Gionni di Gravio
Gionni Di Gravio, OAM, is Archivist at the University of Newcastle and Chair with the Hunter Living Histories Initiative. He has served as Councillor on the Australian Society of Archivist's and Representative on GLAM Peak Australia, representing Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Historical Societies and related institutions around the country.