This May, aMBUSH Gallery opens its doors at Kambri, the Australian National University’s incredible new $260 million redevelopment, with a culturally significant inaugural exhibition, While You Were Sleeping, featuring the work of contemporary First Nations artists from across Australia.
It’s an evocative and emotional display of works across a range of art practices, including painting, illustration, photography and sculpture, from featured artists Benita Clements, Blak Douglas, Damien Shen, David Cragg, Elizabeth Close, James Tylor, Julie Dowling, Michael Cook, Noni Cragg, Otis Carey, Peter Hewitt, Robert Fielding, Shane ‘Mankitya’ Kookaburra, James Tylor, Warraba Weatherall, and Wayne Quilliam.
Also on show to the public that night will be the stunning new event spaces at Kambri, which will be available to the general public for commercial hire, and where aMBUSH Gallery will host artists talks, film screenings, music and other creative events.
The intention for Kambri is to become an inclusive cultural space for local and international artists, and to bring a diverse program of great artists, thinkers, and makers; a kind of melting pot for the Arts.
The launch party and inaugural exhibition will be held on the evening of Thursday, 23 May, with a Welcome to Country ceremony hosted at 6:30pm by Ngunawal elder Wally Bell, music from Canberra-based DJ Blanket, plus local wine and beer.
‘While You Were Sleeping’ is produced and presented by aMBUSH Gallery and will run daily until Thursday, 11 July, from 10am-6pm weekdays and 12-5pm on weekends. Admission is free.
Location: aMBUSH Gallery Canberra
Level 2, Building 153, Kambri Cultural Centre
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra ACT
Benita Clements, Blak Douglas, Damien Shen, David Cragg, Elizabeth Close, James Tylor, Julie Dowling, Michael Cook, Noni Cragg, Otis Carey, Peter Hewitt, Robert Fielding, Shane ‘Mankitya’ Kookaburra, Warraba Weatherall, and Wayne Quilliam