Get Up, Stand Up
Indigenous Australian Art Collection
19 Dec 2020 – 26 Aug 2021
QAG | Gallery 1, Gallery 2 | Free
Inspired by the well-known song of the same name, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ features ceramics, sculpture, etchings, photography and painting by Indigenous artists across Queensland whose works are underpinned by the desire for engagement and justice. Recorded in 1973, the song ‘Get up, stand up’ by Rastafarian musicians Bob Marley and The Wailers has long been synonymous with social resistance movements globally, including those within Indigenous Australia. Similarly, the works in ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ express their makers’ engagement with Indigenous cultural, familial and political movements.
Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, Lardil people, Australia 1924‑85 / First Missionary, Mornington Island 1977 / Synthetic polymer paint on composition board / 60 x 90cm / Purchased 2019 with funds from the Mather Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey/Copyright Agency.
Janet Fieldhouse, Kalaw Lagaw Ya people, Australia b.1971 / Dance series: Transformation 4 2009 / Flexible porcelain / Four parts: 18.5 x 4.5cm (diam.); 6 x 34.5 x 6.5cm; 9 x 32 x 10cm; 25.5 x 5.5cm (diam.) / Purchased 2009 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Janet Fieldhouse.
Evelyn McGreen, Guguu Yimithirr people, Australia b.1942 / Wawu bajin dhangay bulganghi (Strainer for washing clams and shellfish) (from 'Wawu bajin (Spirit baskets)' portfolio 2010 / Hand‑coloured linocut on paper, ed. 14/50 / 53.5 x 38cm / Purchased 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Evelyn McGreen/Copyright Agency.
Patrick Thaiday, Kulkalgaw Ya people, Australia b.1963 / Zugub (Dance machines) (detail) 2011 / Wood, galvanized steel, nails, synthetic polymer paint, nylon string / 20 pieces: 75 x 85 x 23cm (each) / Purchased 2011 with funds from Thomas Bradley through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Patrick Thaiday .