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A McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park & NETS Victoria touring exhibition

Spirit in the Land

Artists: Dorothy Napangardi , Emily Kame Kngwarreye , Fred Williams , John Davis , John Olsen , Lin Onus , Lorraine Connelly-Northey , Rosalie Gascoigne , Rover Thomas , Russell Drysdale and Sidney Nolan

The landscape has been an enduring subject in the history of Australia art and vital to the on-going formation of images of a national identity. Within this tradition Spirit in the Land explores the connection between eleven Australian artists, historical and contemporary, indigenous and non-indigenous, and their special appreciation and engagement to the spiritual ethos and power of the land.

Unearthing shared themes and cultural exchanges this exhibition brings together key paintings and sculptures by some of Australia’s most influential artists, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, John Davis, Russell Drysdale, Rosalie Gascoigne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dorothy Napangardi, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, Lin Onus, Rover Thomas and Fred Williams. Over 40 works will be drawn from private, state and public gallery collections throughout Australia.

Araluen installation 1_Web Araluen installation 2_Web

Spirit in the Land at Araluen Arts Centre

McClelland installation 1_Web McClelland installation 2_Web

Spirit in the Land at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park

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This exhibition was supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. The tour and development of this exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria ) and the Community Support Fund.