SOUTHEAST returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks in November, shining a spotlight on south-eastern Aboriginal art and culture as a distinctive presence within Australian art.

Across the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November, this Aboriginal arts fair, curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, is almost double the size of last year, with more than 60 artists and collectives presenting traditional and contemporary practices. The work is showcased in a variety of mediums including ceramics, jewellery, weaving, photography, carving, textiles, painting and publishing. According to the curators, artists have been selected to celebrate the creative diversity of southeast Australian Aboriginal art, from regional and coastal New South Wales, the ACT, eastern Victoria and Tasmania.

Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones* said that while SOUTHEAST is a curated showcase celebrating the cultural and visual heritage of south-eastern Aboriginal Australia, it also offers a special opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ and experience the unique creativity of contemporary art from this region. And it’s true to say that visitors to the show engage directly with local artists, acquire original artworks, and learn about a region rich in traditional and contemporary artistic expressions.

Expect a mix of established and emerging creative collectives and independent artists at this show, featuring collectable artworks, homewares, gifts and cultural adornments. The full list of artists is below.

Also on the Saturday afternoon, SOUTHEAST presents a live music performance from Alexandria Park Community School composed by Solid Ground artist in residence Marcus Corowa.

Carriageworks new CEO Blair French commented that the show is a unique opportunity for the community to meet Indigenous artists from across southeast Aboriginal Australia, and directly support their practice through purchasing work. The show is presented in partnership with supporters Bloomberg and Campos, aiming to build the profile of Aboriginal artists from across the region and to provide a platform for professional development and cultural exchange.

10am until 6pm on Saturday 9 November
10 am – 3pm on Sunday 10 November
Free Entry

FULL LIST OF EXHIBITORS (correct at time of publishing):
Aboriginal Studies Press
Andrew Snelgar Traditional Aboriginal Tools and Weapons
Anita Wells and Malcolm Wells     
Baluk Arts
Beverley Coe
Burraja Gallery
Casino Wake Up Time Group
Colin Isaacs
Dyinda Designs
Gaawa Miyay     
Gammin Threads
Gillawarra Arts
Helena Geiger
Jamie-Lea Trindall               
Jeanette James
Jessica Ann Leffley             
Kay Lee Williams
Kent Morris         
Kylie McNamara
Lorraine Connelly-Northey
Melissa Stannard
Mirrighan and Murrah
Mitch Mahoney
Murra Murra Arts & Crafts
Nadeena Dixon
Nannette Shaw and Dawn Blazely
Nathan Dawson
Ngarga Warendji
Nicole Foreshew
Outback Arts
Penny Evans Art
South Coast Weavers
Teresa Yasserie 

Hetti Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman, working at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) between 1989 and 2011, spending thirteen years as Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Jonathan Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of southeast Australia and being Sydney-based artist and curator, has worked across a range of mediums. He is a senior researcher at the University of Technology Sydney.