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a picnic with the natives - the gulf



Judy Watson


1959 –

Language group: Waanyi, Gulf region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Brisbane Queensland Australia
    Cultural origin
    Waanyi, Gulf region
    Media category
    Materials used
    pigment and acrylic on canvas
    204.2 x 179.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Wendy Barron Bequest 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Judy Watson/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    'a picnic with the natives - the gulf' 2015 is part of a larger series, ‘the names of places’, which comprises the producation of a series of canvases and a research-based mapping of massacre sites across the country. A significant aspect of the project is an invitation extended by Watson to the Australian public to contribute any knowledge of such massacres to be incorporated into a database and website which will be part of the evolving project. Through this process Watson hopes to ‘create a space where anybody can contribute their knowledge of massacres of Aboriginal people in Australia, so that there is a welling up of this aspect of our shared history. These places, names, details of such events, can be retrieved and held as part of our collective consciousness. This would go back out into the public space where it can be researched further and possibly be the catalyst for instances of coming together to speak these stories out loud.’

    Through this collaborative methodology Watson is effectively mapping not only the events themselves but also the collective Australian consciousness of these events at this moment in time.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

    • When silence falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 2015–29 May 2016

    • Our Land, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jan 2017–18 Jun 2017

    • Judy Watson, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Nov 2018–17 Mar 2019

Other works by Judy Watson

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