NETS Victoria

Indigenous Arts

Looking Glass

NETS Victoria needs to raise funds to tour Looking Glass, an exhibition about “Australia’s secret and dirty war”, curated by a First Nations curator, featuring exclusively First Nations artists.

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NETS Victoria delivers the best contemporary art, working closely with curators and galleries to develop ambitious and stimulating exhibitions that foster the exchange of ideas and highlight diversity.

Donations will enable the TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition ‘Looking Glass’ to tour. It features deceptively peaceful works in a range of mediums by Waanyi artist Judy Watson and Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce. Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, is an exhibition developed by TarraWarra Museum of Art in partnership with Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, UK) and curatorial adviser Hetti Perkins.

This is NETS Victoria’s first touring exhibition curated by a First Nations curator, featuring exclusively First Nations artists.

The exhibition is both a love song and a lament for country. Together these artists present a holistic portrait of country where the creation and experience of art supports the lived, remembered and inherited history of First Nations People.

The project is for all Australians and art lovers. We will reach a broad and diverse audience when the exhibition tours across Australia following its launch in December 2020 at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Looking Glass puts an important focus on First Nations artists.

Through the works of Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, the viewer steps through the ‘looking glass’ of contemporary Australia to challenge its popularised reflection of a settled and ‘lucky’ country. Watson and Scarce, share painful histories of destruction, exploitation and degradation.

NETS Victoria has only received partial funding to tour Looking Glass and we feel it’s an important project that should be seen by a wide audience.

We’re asking people to kindly donate and help bring First Nations artists to the forefront and give the subject matter of the exhibition platforms across Australia to deliver an important message. We’re asking people to open their minds and pay attention to uncomfortable truths in Australia’s history.

NETS Victoria is looking to raise $9K which will go toward artist fees to loan their works, artist fees to speak at the various venues (plus travel costs), a curator fee and fees for two First Nations writers.

NETS Victoria staff will work closely with galleries across Australia to ensure the work is presented in the best way possible and that educational public programs are provided.

NETS Victoria will ensure that the galleries chosen to tour the exhibition will help reach a broad audience across Australia to tell this important story.

To find out more visit: https://www.twma.com.au/exhibition/looking-glass-judy-watson-and-yhonnie-scarce/

Image: Yhonnie Scarce, Hollowing Earth 2016-2017, blown and hot formed uranium glass, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, THIS IS NO FANTASY and TarraWarra Museum of Art

NETS Victoria delivers the best contemporary art, craft and design to regional Victoria and beyond. We work closely with curators and galleries to develop ambitious and stimulating exhibitions that foster the exchange of ideas and promote new works by a diverse range of leading and emerging Australian artists.

Our vision
A regionally engaged contemporary art audience throughout Australia.

Our goals
Service delivery to the visual arts sector – The delivery of contemporary art, craft and design projects through partnerships with curators, artists, arts organisations and regional galleries.

Outreach to audiences – The engagement of a diverse audience in regional Australia via exhibitions, commissions, learning programs, digital platforms and publications.

Sustainability and growth – The creation of sustainability and growth for our organisation and as a consequence for the visual arts sector we service.

Our values

Innovation and creativity.
Excellence and best practice.
Collaboration, support and exchange.
Integrity and professionalism.

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