Going Out brings together works by Aboriginal women artists based in North Queensland. The exhibition is an insight into the rich plant gathering practices of Indigenous peoples and depicts the various types of native flora that they have collected for centuries.
‘Going out’ is a term used by Indigenous peoples to suggest going out fishing, gathering, collecting, hunting or taking much needed time out of their everyday lives to reconnect with Country. It is during these outings that Indigenous people draw on the resources of the land.
The subtropical landscape of North Queensland produces an abundance of native food plants and flowers that once formed the staple diet for Indigenous groups living in the region. Native plants and flowers were also used for their medicinal properties, to cure and to heal, and specific plants and roots continue to be used for special hunting purposes. In some cases the growth cycle of the plants was used to indicate when different seasonal ailments might occur, such as asthma and flu.
The works in the exhibition include paintings, prints, basketry, textiles, and ceramics, and convey each artist’s personal response to the flora of their country as well as documenting cultural knowledge for current and future generations.
Artists represented in the exhibition include Cathy Snow, Heather Koowootha, Delissa Walker, Edna Ambrym, Delvine Richards, Evelyn McGreen, Rhonda Brim and Sandra Jerry.