July 25


Brenda Croft and Amala Groom Photo: Dale Collier

Brenda and Alexander

Amala and db


Held nationally each year, NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held from Sunday 8 July through to Sunday 15 July. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2018 is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’, to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played and continue to play significant roles in their families and communities lives at community, local, state and national levels. Further information: http://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2018-theme

Artist Brenda L Croft, who has Gurindji/Malgnin/Mudburra; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish heritage

Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri conceptual artist

Well … a year ago when we started to organise these two exhibitions its true … we did not know they would open in NAIDOC WEEK 2018, BUT HEY, so glad they did. These two cracker shows by Brenda L. Croft and Amala Groom http://amalagroom.com  couldn’t be more different in tone and form but importantly both are by Aboriginal women whose work makes a difference, raising the awareness of audiences to the everyday issues for Indigenous people in modern day Australia. Brenda’s heart-in-hand is a tribute to her mum who died in 2010 at the age of 72. A non-Indigenous woman she was clearly a force to be reckoned with, reuniting her husband with his mother after decades of separation, advocating for social equality and ensuring her 3 kids were proud of their Indigenous Heritage. Dorothy Croft was also a gifted photographer, avid collector and obsessive archivist …. Make sure you have plenty of time for this show because Brenda has literally packed it with her mum’s stuff (Wunderkammer style)! Amala Groom’s Does she know the Revolution is coming? on the other hand consists of a 2 channel video, vinyl lettering and Awelye  (1990) a painting by Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Amala’s work deals with one of those conversations when someone is trying to impress another … and they so don’t. It was based on an actual awkward conversation at a soiree in New York City where one of Kngwarreye’s paintings becomes a means of distraction for a conversation in trouble. When asked by the hostess, “Have you seen my Emily?” the painting is reduced to a vessel that is used impress and express ‘ownership of an expensive piece of culture’ – that is not that of the owner. Amala explores nuances of interpretation and the shocking truths that lie in ostensibly innocent language. A powerful piece that packs a punch. These two shows are definitely not to be missed and as you will see from the photographs the opening was not only packed but also a hoot. Zillions of photos and thanks to Dale Collier for taking them. Uncredited pics are by the regular social pages photographer.

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speeches Photo: Dale Collier

Bridesmaid’s dress 1957 made by Dorothy Jean Stone Photo: Dale Collier

Dean and Amala Photo: Dale Collier

Eve from Artlink does impromptu tour Photo: Dale Collier

Annika and Luke looking at heart-in-hand 1 (red, black & yellow) 2018 39 crocheted crucifixes, wool and nylon Photo: Dale Collier

Pat looks at Does she know the Revolution is coming? by Amala Groom Photo: Dale Collier

Bronwyn toasts Amala’s fur coat Photo: Dale Collier

Thomas and Milllan

Brenda talks to James and Nancy talks to Helen Photo: Dale Collier

The kids: Sasha, Maddie, Christopher,James, Luca

gotta hand it to Amala Photo: Dale Collier

Francesca, Neil, Cherylynn, Robert spotted in the throng Photo: Dale Collier

Karen and MarkSkimmings, Tim, Luca and Sasha Croft Photo: Dale Collier

Dale, Amala, db, Anni, Kate and Alexander