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Exhibition, Partnership

Alchemy

Agency partnered with Powerhouse to produce Alchemy – a series of new commissions by independent artists Kay Lee Williams (Kamilaroi peoples), Lucy Simpson (Yuwaalaraay peoples) and art centres Milingimbi Arts and Culture (Milingimbi and Langarra), Marrawuddi Arts and Culture (Jabiru and Mamadawerre), Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation (Peppimenarti) and Anindilyakwa Arts (Groote Eylandt). Alchemy will feature six major commissions and a series of six immersive films that invite the viewer to watch and learn. Alchemy was curated by Coby Edgar and will be the first exhibition to be unveiled at the recently expanded Powerhouse Castle Hill.

“Alchemy is an experiment. There are no wall labels, there are biographical essays detailing the relationship between maker and museum. You won’t find the recipes for colours, botanical names, or translations into English if the women chose not to speak English. I travelled to every community and walked Country with them. What I saw. What I heard. What I was shown, is exactly what I brought back. If your questions can’t be answered by what you see the process can remain a seemingly magic one to you and me both. This is how we teach and learn. This is how we work and live together.” – Coby Edgar, curator, Strategic Projects First Nations, Powerhouse (August 2023)

Project Partners
Rosemary Nabulwud from Marrawuddi Arts & Culture. Photo by Timothy Hillier.