17 November 2018 - 3 march 2019, bundoora homestead art centre

Artists: Paola Balla, Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Shoufay Derz, Marlene Gilson, Jonathan Jones, Eugenia Lim, Danie Mellor, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Lizzy Sampson and John Young
Curators: Sophia Cai and Claire Watson. Exhibition advisor: Yhonnie Scarce.

Lucky? explored the history and effects of gold-mining and the pursuit of wealth in Australia through a contemporary lens. Co-curated by Sophia Cai and Claire Watson, the exhibition brought together a range of works that spoke to issues relating to exploitation and mining of the land for gold and desecration of Country. The selected works interrogated wealth and the Australian dream of finding a better life — a fair go — in the context of cultural, racial and political inequalities. The exhibition asked: Does the Australian way of life enable us to remain the lucky country or are there darker forces impacting on this? With over 25 consecutive years of positive economic growth in Australia, what are the hidden social and environmental costs of this wealth generation and how does globalism affect this? How did the Gold-rush impact Australia’s first-nation and Australian Chinese people and are these effects still being felt today?

Click here for a copy of the digital catalogue including curatorial essay written by co-curators Claire Watson and Sophia Cai


Exhibition Opening, Saturday 17 November 2018, 2-3pm
Please join Guest Speaker Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia to celebrate the opening of Lucky?

Artist & Curator talks, Saturday 17 November 2018, 3-4pm

The Great Australian Dream: Panel Discussion, Saturday 23 February 2019, 2-3:30pm
Join a panel of guest speakers as they discuss the pursuit of wealth, and wealth disparity in Australia.

Exhibition catalogue launch, Saturday 23 February 2019, 3:30pm
Join us at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for the official launch of the 'Lucky?' exhibition catalogue, with introduction from the co-curators. This event will occur directly after the ‘The Great Australian Dream' panel discussion.