In the Midst of the Breakers

12 Apr 2014 - 13 Jul 2014

This exhibition displays artists who produce work in the Australian landscape

This show is a contemporary response to the exhibition Joseph Banks: A Great Endeavour (Feb 14th – May 11th 2014) which has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and can be found in the adjacent Collection museum.

The artists in this exhibition create artwork in an environment where the Australian landscape cannot be divorced from its contested history.

The notions of land ownership, rights of use and spiritual landscapes are still at the forefront of Australian post-colonial politics and relationships with indigenous people.


Both artists use the movement of the human body, and the rituals in sport to explore the personal and cultural relationships with the Australian hinterlands. The exhibition draws connections between the notions of the explorer discovering new lands, embarking on journeys through unknown terrain, and the sportsman discovering new routes through the landscape.


The video works in this show allow us to see the vast savage beauty of the Australian landscape but also questions who, if anyone, claims rights or attempts control.


Both works are being represented in The Usher after being presented in the Australian pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011.


This exhibition is supported by a series of exploratory walks around Lincolnshire with artist Alison Lloyd,for more details click here

On the 8th and 10th of May this display will be viewable in slots through out the day as teh University of Lincoln will be doing presentations of dramatic interpretaions of our collections at points throughout the day

download the labels for this exhibition here

download the accompanying text for this exhibition here