Gallery of Aboriginal Art
The Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art was established by Adam Knight and Gerry Ryan OAM, who share a passion for Indigenous Australian art.
Exhibiting the outstanding work that continues to be produced in this field today, the gallery was created to provide an inspiring new space for locals and visitors to experience the artworks of Australia’s First People.
Works on display here are representative of over 15 different art centres and communities throughout Australia, including our local Taungurung Clan. We are honoured to contribute to the culture of our region through the celebration and commemoration of its history, for people of today and for future generations.
Our gallery is on Taungurung Country, whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners of this Country. We acknowledge that they have been custodians for many centuries, and continue to perform age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the content on this site may contain images and references to deceased persons.
MESSAGE STICK VEHICLE
A permanent feature of the Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art is Message Stick Vehicle. Painted by over 200 Aboriginal artists, the Land Rover was transformed from a Vietnam War Ambulance and is recognised as a totemic symbol of Unity and Peace endorsed by Nelson Mandela and Gough Whitlam.
The gallery features some of the largest works produced by Australia's most revered Indigenous artists.
Adam Knight was born in this region, and was introduced to Aboriginal culture at a young age. His commitment to the artists continuing this rich tradition today led to a career which has spanned more than 25 years.
Recognised as a leading figure in the contemporary Aboriginal art industry, Adam is the President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, an approved valuer of the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program, a member of the Indigenous Code of Conduct, a member of the Art Consultants Association of Australia, and a Perpetual Benefactor of the Gold Coast Art Gallery.
In addition, Adam is the principle consultant to Australia’s most active private collector of Indigenous artwork, Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, and has curated over 80 exhibitions throughout Australia and abroad.
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