Brenda L Croft – ‘Heart-in-hand’

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Canberra Contemporary Art Space
  • COST: Free
  • PRESENTER: Canberra Contemporary Art Space
  • WHEN: 11am to 5pm
    13 July 2018 - 8 September 2018

Held nationally each year, NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held from Sunday 8 July through to Sunday 15 July. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2018 is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’, to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played and continue to play significant roles in their families and communities lives at community, local, state and national levels.

Artist Brenda L Croft, who has Gurindji/Malgnin/Mudburra; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish heritage, has drawn upon this year’s theme to honour her mother Dorothy Jean Croft (1938 – 2010) on the 80th anniversary of her birth. Dorothy was a non-Indigenous woman, yet she played a significant role the artist’s family’s life – supporting the artist’s father in his search for, and reunification with, his mother after decades of separation; advocating for social equity at a local level; while also ensuring her children were proud of their Indigenous heritage.

The artist wishes to pay her sincere respects and acknowledgements to Traditional Custodians – past, present and future – on whose lands she is privileged to live and work: the Ngambri, Ngunawal and Ngunnawal Peoples, and also those with close clan connections, the Ngarigo and Wiradjuri Peoples. Marntaj.

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  • Amala Groom, Have you seen MY Emily? (2017), production still, courtesy the artist