Thursday, July 6, 2017

 

Exhibition a tribute to Eddie Kneebone

The latest exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga by much-loved and late artist Eddie Kneebone will be officially opened at 5.30pm today (Thursday) by two of his children.

Scott and Leanda Kneebone will be joined by Cr John Watson to officially open Bones of Contention, a series of large-format, acrylic paintings Kneebone did while undertaking his Master of Education and working as an artist-in-residence at Wodonga TAFE.

Other speakers include Sue Blake, Robyn Patterson-Elliott and Auntie Pam Griffin – all friends of Kneebone’s from when he worked at Wodonga TAFE.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Arts Space Wodonga, Murray Arts and Wodonga TAFE, and will be on until Saturday, July 29.

It explores the Dreamtime period and the realities and impact of colonisation, specifically pertaining to the North East and Upper Murray region of Victoria.

The works reference specific events throughout colonisation until contemporary day.

Kneebone has left the final canvas intentionally blank as his way of saying "now, it's up to you".

“We all have a chance to assess the future and see who we have really become and who we want to be,” Kneebone said, urging us to paint our own depiction of Australia and its people tomorrow.

Other events:
- Thursday (today), July 6 at 10am: Aboriginal storytelling, art making and morning tea (as part of NAIDOC Week)
- Preschool workshops: Work alongside local Aboriginal artists inspired by the work of Eddie Kneebone. Bookings essential on (02) 6022 9600
- Interactive table: Celebrate, learn and appreciate Aboriginal culture through art.
- Talks and tours: All ages welcome, bookings essential on (02) 6022 9600.

Arts Space Wodonga, on the corner of Hovell and Lawrence streets, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5.30pm, and Saturday from 9am to noon.