Shared Sky official opening

Around 300 people attended the official opening of Shared Sky at the John Curtin Gallery, Perth, on 30 September 2014.  The opening ceremony included speeches from Chris Malcolm, Director of the gallery, Prof Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University and Prof Phil Diamond, Director General of the international SKA Organisation.  A traditional aboriginal welcome to country was given by Professor Simon Forrest who is the Elder in Residence at the gallery. The welcome included a smoking ceremony, traditional dancing and didgeridoo playing. This was responded to by Anthony Dann on behalf of the Wajarri artists and by Jeni Couzin on behalf of the South African artists, some of whom were in attendance.

Following the ceremony, guests toured the gallery and took in the array of impressive artworks by the Australian and South African artists. 

Below are some photos from the event.

Chris Malcolm, Director of John Curtin Gallery welcomes guests to the Shared Sky official opening.

​Professor Simon Forrest, Elder in Residence, Centre for Aboriginal Studies performs a welcome to country.

​Professor Simon Forrest's welcome to country included a traditional smoke ceremony with dancing and didgeridoo playing.

​Professor Phil Diamond, SKA Director General officially opens the Shared Sky exhibition.

​Shared Sky artworks by Australian artists.

​Shared Sky artworks by Australian artists.

​Shared Sky artworks by Australian artists.

​Shared Sky artworks including an installation made from painted Murchison Widefield Array antennas.

​Shared Sky artworks by South African artists.

​Shared Sky artworks by South African artists.

​Painted and carved emu eggs - emu or ostrich eggs are a common artistic medium in Australian and South African indigenous cultures.

Gallery Director, ​Chris Malcolm shows the painted and carved emu eggs to Professor Phil Diamond, SKA Director General and Dr Bernie Fanaroff, South African SKA Project Director. 

​Ian Blayney, WA MLA, Professor Brian Boyle, Australian SKA Project Director, Tommy Makhode, Chief Director, Science Communication, DST, South Africa and Dr Bernie Fanaroff, South African SKA Project Director.

Dr ​Bernie Fanaroff, Chris Malcolm and Professor Phil Diamond admire a collaborative piece by several Shared Sky artists.

​Guests admire Shared Sky art at the official opening.

​Guests admire Shared Sky art at the official opening.

​Guests at the Shared Sky opening admire an installation made from painted Murchison Widefield Array antennas.

Australian artist Craig Pickett with his painting, Emu in the Sky.

South African artists Gerald Mei and Sandra Sweers with Jeni Couzyn (centre), Founder and Director, Bethesda Arts Centre.

​Chris Malcolm and Amanda Alderson from John Curtin Gallery, and Jerry Skinner from the Australian SKA Office - part of the team responsible for bringing Australian and South African art together as the Shared Sky exhibition.

​A projection showing how the milky way looks at different frequencies.

​A large image of the milky way in the foyer of John Curtin Gallery welcomes visitors to the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

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