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Australian great, Judith Wright lives on in Reminiscence exhibition

22 August 2017

Anne Keam, Frances Smith, Kerry Turnbull, Fiona Rafferty and Maya Carter-Malins at the official opening of Reminiscence at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

The works, passions, and legacy of famed Australian writer, poet and activist Judith Wright are being celebrated in a unique and thought-provoking exhibition commemorating the centenary of her birth at the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

  • Reminiscence: Celebrating 100 years of Australian Visionary Judith Wright, is a collection of works on paper and ceramics by artists Fiona Rafferty and Frances Smith, paying tribute to the life of Wright;
  • The exhibition is continuing its tour around regional Queensland and will be on show at Dogwood Crossing, Miles until Tuesday 19 September;
  • Artist Fiona Rafferty will also be hosting a free Poetry of Drawing workshop on Saturday 16 September, for all skill levels for anyone interested in learning her tips and tricks for creating the perfect masterpiece;
  • Also showing on the Curved Wall is Art Meets Science @ Murilla Kindy, an exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of Miles’ youngest residents through their adventures in eco-dying, printing, felting, painting and clay.

Artist Fiona Rafferty said that she 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.

“The issues that Judith fought for, such as indigenous land rights and protecting the Great Barrier Reef from impacts like coral bleaching, are issues that are still relevant today,” she said.

“Through this exhibition we celebrate and continue her work in an effort to inspire the generations that succeed 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.”

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said Reminiscence is a stunning tribute to the work and life of Judith Wright.

Penny Makin, Jessica Makin, Penny Eamer, Rowena Gill and Eliza Marwood enjoy the many pieces on display at Reminiscence.

“I remember reading Judith Wright’s poems in school and being inspired by her words, so I’m enjoying the pieces Fiona and Frances have created,” she said.

“It’s also always great to see children get messy and creative with art, with the Murilla Kindy showing off their little artists on the Curved Wall as part of their Art Meets Science exhibition.”

For more information on Reminiscence: Celebrating 100 years of Australian Visionary Judith Wright, and Art Meets Science @ Murilla Kindy visit or call 07 4628 5330.

Dogwood Crossing, Miles is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery is proudly sponsored by Murilla Hardware Supplies.

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Media Contact: 

Cr Kaye Maguire | Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development | 0475 007 555