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An Intimate Evening with Gail Mabo

Gail Mabo
A rare opportunity to meet and hear from Gail Mabo, curator of Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is on offer as part of the upcoming Milbi Festival.

A rare opportunity to meet and hear from Gail Mabo, curator of Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is on offer as part of the upcoming Milbi Festival.

Gail Mabo is a contemporary visual artist and a Meriam Woman who come from a Peidram Clan from Mer Island in the Torres Strait Islands.

This bespoke event, which has been curated in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, invites the community to listen to stories about her father, Eddie Koiko Mabo, a passionate campaigner for Indigenous Land Rights and the man behind the landmark Native Title Act.

As co-curator of Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, Gail will also take guests on a private tour of the exhibition and discuss how each of the 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in this exhibition has responded to an aspect of Eddie Koiko Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism, or legacy.

Council’s Art, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the evening would be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history of Eddie Koiki Mabo and understand more about the pieces on display.

“This is an intimate, one-off event created by the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery to celebrate the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition and also the Milbi Festival,” Cr Learmonth said.

“Gail Mabo’s hope is that this exhibition will be an eye opener for the next generation – to look at the past as a tool, to think about how you want to see the world or behave in the future.

“This is going to be a memorable evening of art and conversation with a taste of bush tucker.”

Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of wine and delectable bush tucker inspired canapes, in the surrounds of Gallery One.

The brief given to Legacy: Reflections on Mabo artists, was to create an artwork exemplifying what the Eddie Mabo’s legacy meant to them, and how they interpreted this.

Ticket price includes canapes and two drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks are no cost.

You can book tickets for the event here.

The full Milbi Festival program can be found here.

Event details:
Date: Saturday 30 October
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $80 | includes canapes and drinks package | 18+ event
Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin St

‘Legacy: Reflections on Mabo', presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments; and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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