FLASHBACK: Wondai Regional Art Gallery curator Elaine Madill with Jandamarra Cadd’s portrait of Indigenous leader Mick Dodson, one of the 16 works that were part of the artist
Jandamarra’s unique dot work portrait of Archie Roach was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize

May 26, 2016

A Sunshine Coast artist whose work caused a sensation when it was shown at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery in February 2013 will be returning to the Gallery next month with his latest exhibition.

Award-winning portrait painter Jandamarra Cadd, who traces his ancestry to the Yorta Yorta people of Victoria, will be bringing “Kinship” to the South Burnett for a one month showing.

Jandamarra has had entries in the Archibald Prize, as well as hosting exhibitions all over Queensland.

In his latest touring exhibition, he touches on and expresses the deeply complex and important connections of kinship within Aboriginal culture.

“Kinship” shows the relationships between family members and the passing on of teachings and traditions.

Through powerful and emotive images, it demonstrates how these connections are such an integral component of wholeness to Aboriginal people.

Wondai Gallery curator said she was thrilled to be able to bring Jandamarra’s latest exhibition to the region.

“Jandamarra’s work is very big and very powerful and we were delighted to be able to book it for the gallery,” she said.

“We had an overwhelming response the last time he exhibited with us, and I think this new exhibition will produce the same reaction.”

Jandamarra says his dream and passion is to see a united Australia where the beauty and value of Aboriginal culture is viewed with equality and respect.

A detail from one of Jandamarra’s works illustrating the connections that play such an important role in Aboriginal culture (Photo: jandamarrasart.com)

The June exhibition will also feature “Strong Women Shadow Boxes” created by the Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group.

The Shadow Boxes were developed in 2012 by a group of Indigenous women elders and young women from Cherbourg through a story-sharing process that remembered women in their lives who had given them strength and encouragement.

Each of the women involved in the project then created a memory box with photos, objects and archival material that told these stories.

In 2012 this exhibition won a Museum And Gallery Services Queensland ‘GAMAA’ achievement award, and the works have been exhibited at Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum ever since.

Both exhibitions will be officially opened on Friday, June 3 at 6:00pm.

The $5 admission to the opening night includes hot and cold finger foods and punch, along with wine tastings from Moffatdale Ridge Winery and live music.

After the opening, the exhibitions will remain on display at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm every day until the end of the month.

Admission to view them is free.

Artist Jandamarra Cadd with his portrait of storyteller Luke Carroll, which won the St John of God Health Care Online Vote at last year’s 10th annual Black Swan Prize (Photo: jandamarrasart.com)

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