Dream Traces: Group Show

22 April - 24 May 2003 London

Curated by The University of Brighton in association with the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London and University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton


Dream Traces is the biggest exhibition of Australian Aboriginal contemporary art in England since the 1993 show at the Hayward Gallery, London. This exhibition represents the astounding variation and wealth of art created in Aboriginal Australia.


It is a unique opportunity to see contemporary paintings, printmaking, sculpture, batiks, video and photography, previously unknown in England, and includes work from Arnhem Land in the north and Sydney in the a south. The spectacular display at the 2000 Sydney Olympics by Australian Aboriginals was the tip of an artistic iceberg.

The exhibition also explores the role that woman have played recently in a producing some of the most memorable work to date inspired by the archetypal idea of the Dream Time. There will be a contextual film screened at Brighton's Duke of York cinema and a substantial educational outreach programme. A panel of Nevill Drury, Anna Voigt, Rebecca Hossack and Herb Wharton will take part in the accompanying symposium at the Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton on Saturday May 3, 11 - 5pm. 

They have also contributed, along with Michael Tucker, to the full colour publication, which accompanies the exhibition. This exhibition will be supplemented by shows at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London of Aboriginal art of a kind never before seen in England. The new work includes Maningrida aluminium sculptures and Yirrkala Memorial pieces.