177 Watton Street
VIC 3030
Wyndham Art Gallery




A play on the recent term ‘stolenwealth’* to replace commonwealth, this show is a dual exhibition that explores colonial history through the displacement of people and resources.

Can you imagine growing up without your family? STOLEN investigates the impact of being taken from your family at a young age.

STOLEN is a word that has been associated with the generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families by Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. 

The late Millie Bruce nee Yarran was directly affected by these legislations and her work depicts the human pain associated with being removed from her mother.

Artist Judy Watson draws on official documents from the Queensland State Archives as well as personal family photographs to highlight the Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of Sale of Opium Acts of 1897, revealing the categories, “full blood”, “half-cast”, “quadroon”, “octoroon”, ascribed to Aboriginal people of the day.

This exhibition opens a dialogue about the importance of family cohesion and looks at the impact of government policies on the lives of real people.

‘You can’t take it with you’ - What defines wealth? Is it how big your house is, the size of your bank balance?
WEALTH is an exhibition of work by artists whose countries of origin have been colonised.
The show examines the accumulation of wealth by colonial powers and the impact of colonisation on those that have had their resources, including land, stolen from them. Visitors will be challenged to think about what we value and what the cost of wealth really is.

Featured artists include: Millie Bruce née Yarran, Judy Watson, Abdul Abdullah, wãni, Pierre Mukeba, Frances Tapueluelu, Lisa Waup, Peter Waples-Crowe and Sha Gaze + Ayuen K Bol. 

*Stolenwealth is a term first coined by Aboriginal activist Robbie Thorpe.

Image: Abdul Abdullah, 'Ulysses' - Digital print

Gallery Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9am – 4.30pm
Weekends: 11am – 4pm
Public Holidays: Closed


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