Contemporary Collection

QVMAG at Royal Park

Ongoing in Gallery 6 at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Royal Park 

Gallery 6 at the Art Gallery at Royal Park has become a changing exhibition space showcasing highlights from our contemporary collection, including photography, video and paintings. 

Currently on display are Stickmen, a suite of works by Bildjara man Michael Cook. Cook’s photographs reimagine colonial scenarios and juxtapose them with the contemporary reality of indigenous people. These works position Aboriginal people at the forefront of Australian society and our collective histories, rather than as players within a colonial focused narrative.

These photographs are complemented by Joan Ross's video work Bbq this Sunday BYO. Ross animates colonial picnic goers over a classic landscape painting convict artist Joseph Lycett. Her characters are wearing fluoro high visibility vests symbolising their invasive and alien nature within the environment.