Artists Fiona Rafferty and Frances Smith commemorate the centenary of the birth of Australian writer, poet and activist Judith Wright in Reminiscence, in an exhibition touring in regional Queensland during 2016 – 2018.
Reminiscence is comprised of paintings, works on paper and ceramics by Rafferty and Smith. These artworks respond to Judith Wright’s work as a writer, poet, environmentalist, and advocate of human rights.
Rafferty was inspired to create a body of work to commemorate Judith Wright when she spent five months living at Calanthe, Judith Wright’s former home on Tamborine Mountain. Rafferty says, “The issues that Judith fought for—such as indigenous land rights and protecting the Great Barrier Reef—are issues that are still relevant today; through this exhibition we celebrate and continue her work in an effort to inspire the generations that proceed her”. “When I resided at Calanthe I felt Judith Wright’s presence everywhere, and after further researching her work I was instantly inspired by her intelligence, compassion and strength”
Reminiscence was developed as part of the Flying Arts Alliance Curator Development Program ‘Curators in Space’. ‘Flying Arts selected five emerging curators to work under the banner of ‘Curators in Space’ to develop Reminiscence with a suite of public programs and learning resources that invite participants of all ages to engage with Judith Wright’s life and work. The ‘Curators in Space’ team worked with the artists to bring this timely exhibition to life; its first showing inspiring a mini-festival at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, in late 2015.
Reminiscence is a Flying Arts Touring Exhibition.
Featured Image: Endangered I & II, 2015 Frances Smith