Mosman Art Gallery

Bungaree: The First Australian

Saturday 1 September – Sunday 25 November 2012

The biggest exhibition project staged by Mosman Art Gallery to date, Bungaree: the First Australian is an exhibition of commissioned artworks by fifteen emerging and established contemporary NSW Aboriginal artists.

The artists have created new works to acknowledge and critically re-interpret the story of Bungaree, known as the Chief of the Broken Bay Aborigines and a central figure in early Colonial Sydney.

Curated by renowned Aboriginal curator Djon Mundine, the exhibition features artworks by France Belle-Parker, Mervyn Bishop, Daniel Boyd, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Adam Hill, Warwick Keen, Gary Lee, Peter McKenzie, Danie Mellor, Caroline Oakley, Rea, Gordon Syron, Leanne Tobin and Jason Wing.

Media Mentions

Exhibition catalogue

To complement this landmark exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery have prepared a visually striking and thoroughly researched catalogue.

Priced at just $20, it contains key images, essays and historical information on the exhibition exploring this key figure in Australian art and social history – a must have item!

Public Program

Bungaree: The First Australian - Open Day Celebrations

Saturday 1 September
Mosman Art Gallery, 5:30AM – 5:00PM

Join us for a day celebrating Aboriginal art and culture. The Open Day starts with an Ancient Whale Dreaming Ceremony of the Yuin and Gadigal people at Balmoral Beach at daybreak, followed by a range of activities at the Gallery.

Friends Excursion: On the Bungaree Trail

Wednesday 19 September
Mosman Art Gallery, 7:45AM – 6:15PM

Join the Friends as they travel north and follow in the footsteps of Bungaree of Broken Bay.

Bungaree Artists Talks

Thursday 27 September
Mosman Art Gallery, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join Bungaree artists Karla Dickens and Peter McKenzie for a discussion about their artworks within the exhibition and the concepts behind their interpretations of Bungaree’s life and story. Discover the stories and techniques within the unique possum skin rug created by Lynette Riley and Diane Riley-McNaboe.

Bungaree: Cypher, coconut or just a man?

Thursday 25 October
Mosman Art Gallery, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join exhibition curator Djon Mundine and John Maynard for a discussion ‘unpacking’ the Bungaree story and perceptions of his life, character and role in history as an Aboriginal leader in colonial Sydney. Free, RSVP online.

Drawing with Charcoal and Ochres: Masterclass with Leanne Tobin

Sunday 4 November
Mosman Art Gallery, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

If you have an interest in drawing and want to extend your creative and experimental potential then come along to this workshop and learn the art of working with the natural materials of charcoal and ochres. SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Meet the Artists: Bungaree exhibition Talks

Sunday 11 November
Mosman Art Gallery, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Join Bungaree artists Daniel Boyd, Warwick Keen and Caroline Oakley for a discussion about their artworks within the exhibition and the concepts behind their interpretations of Bungaree’s life and story. Free, RSVP online.

Many Faces of Bungaree: talk by Dr. Keith Vincent Smith

Thursday 15 November
Mosman Art Gallery, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Returning to the Gallery by popular demand, Dr. Keith Vincent Smith, the eminent historian, author and curator will again discuss Bungaree’s life and story, through his many portraits. Free, RSVP online.

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