The Centre for Creative Health is excited to be participating in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival with the following exhibitions on display in the RAH’s Commercial Galleries throughout February and March. To reflect the inclusivity and diversity that embodies the Fringe Festival, all three exhibitions integrate and explore the intersection of multiple concepts, genres and inspiration – whether it is the connection between art and wellbeing, mathematics, music or the natural world.
Fiona Borthwick, Senior Curator, Centre for Creative Health
My name is Nikki Carabetta, nee Baugh-Bell. I was born in Western Australia and moved to the Northern territory when I was 10. I have lived in rural/ bush and urban Aboriginal communities. I have grown up traditionally and my culture is a big part of who I am. I have lived in Adelaide since 1996 and consider myself an urban artist. I was born Yamaji and grew up Brinkin/ Ngangikurrunggurr, my artwork reflects this, as well as my urban lifestyle including what I learnt from the elders at Kulaluk. My art is original dot art, in which I have used traditional styles with contemporary techniques and mediums. This is a reflection of how my culture has evolved and adapted itself to my modern urban lifestyle, far removed from the way I grew up. It is the combination of the two that makes my work unique. Whilst there are Dreaming stories involving the symbols I use I have not employed all of them in my artwork. My artwork reflects my love and respect for “country” and is an affirmation of my connection to culture and country.
This exhibition is a culmination of works themed around creation and dreaming stories. They draw on the creation myths told to me by my Grandmother, Aunties and Elders from both Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Some of my paintings depict parts of stories or are my interpretations of these stories and most of the creation stories are universal stories, in the sense that each Nation has a version. I have tried to link all of the paintings by theme, meaning and subject, and whilst most are based on various creation stories they also contain journeys, whether personal, cultural or mythological and I have used this symbol quite extensively in my paintings.
Shirley Morgan is an elder of the Kamilaroi Clan and was taught to paint by her Elders over many years.
Her artwork often relates to the ways Aboriginal people have been healers over the centuries and that now, Aboriginal people are statistically more likely to develop serious illnesses and die at a younger age that the rest of the population.
The artworks in this exhibition explore the lives of Aboriginal people and their relationship to the land. It is Shirley’s hope that her artwork will enable the public to see what a wonderful nation the Aboriginal people are.
The Centre for Creative Health is proud to present this exhibition of donated artwork that reflects upon and celebrates those who generously gifted the former Royal Adelaide Hospital with works of art. A timely and important retrospective now that the art donation program is no longer in operation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The selected artworks showcase the diversity of medium, style and subject as well as the long history of recognition and generosity demonstrated by patients, families and staff.
We would like to express gratitude and thanks to all those who have thoughtfully presented the hospital and staff with the gift of art over the years.
Please contact Fiona Borthwick for more information.
08 7074 1439 firstname.lastname@example.org