The centrepiece of the Open Weekend is the free exhibition art + soul, which showcases over 100 works by more than 40 leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
This major exhibition is on display in conjunction with the groundbreaking three-part documentary series art + soul, to be screened on ABC TV from 7 October 2010. Drawing on key works in the collection, the documentary is written and hosted by senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art Hetti Perkins, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Warwick Thornton.
art + soul celebrates the diversity of Indigenous culture through three themes: ‘home and away’, ‘dreams and nightmares’ and ‘bitter and sweet’. Drawing on key works from the Gallery’s collection, it reveals the myriad of contemporary artistic expressions that evidence the enduring heritage of Indigenous Australia, in all its diversity and complexity.