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Nurreegoo: The Art and Life of Ron Hurley 1946–2002

Ron Hurley

Ron Hurley | Gooreng Gooreng/Mununjali people | Bradman bowled Gilbert 1989 | Purchased 1990 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Ron Hurley, 1989. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2009

8 August – 25 October 2009  Gallery 3.6, GoMA

Ron Hurley was born in 1946 into the Gooreng Gooreng and Mununjali peoples of south-east Queensland. He began using his formal Western art education to create art works that highlighted a contemporary Aboriginal existence and politics, and led the development of the urban Indigenous art movement with contemporaries such as Trevor Nickolls and Lin Onus. This exhibition will highlight Hurley's distinguished career as one of the early leaders of the urban political movement in Aboriginal art.

Hurley was not only a visual artist; he was also an entertainer. Nurreegoo (pronounced nar-ree-goo) is a Gooreng Gooreng word used for corroboree, entertainment and dance, and encompasses all areas practised within the arts. Ron Hurley’s work and vast knowledge of the arts, history and culture spans many media and art practices.

The exhibition catalogue Nurreegoo: The Art and Life of Ron Hurley 1946–2002 highlights Hurley’s distinguished career as one of the early leaders of urban Aboriginal art and is available for purchase from the Gallery Store or online

This exhibition and publication has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Trade Queensland’s Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA). QIAMEA promotes Queensland’s Indigenous arts industry through marketing and export activity throughout Australia and internationally.
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Public Programs

Curator's Tour
11.00am Thursday 27 August  

Tour the 'Ron Hurley' exhibition with Bruce McLean, Associate Curator, Indigenous Australian Art. Gallery 3.6, GoMA