Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey

Stories of this Land

15 Nov 2018 –
10 Feb 2019

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this Land is the first major retrospective exhibition celebrating the work and life of Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, and is delivered in partnership with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

The exhibition brings together seventy works from major institutions and private lenders including barks, paintings, ceremonial and historical objects, draft illustrations from the Rainbow Serpent children’s book and three story book films; The Rainbow Serpent (1975), The Giant Devil Dingo (1977) and The Quinkans (1982).

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey was a figurehead and pioneer of Indigenous art and culture. Throughout his career, Roughsey explored traditional practices, stories and ceremonies, social effects caused by missionary activity, everyday life on Mornington Island, and his journey through Cape York with Percy Trezise and Ray Crooke.


GOOBALATHALDIN DICK ROUGHSEY STORIES OF THIS LAND is a collaboration between Cairns Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia


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