MAY 2019
A newly commissioned 'Blood Money' work will be featured in a show named 'QUEEN'S LAND: Black Portraiture' at Cairns Art Gallery.
'QUEEN'S LAND: Black Portraiture' is open from 17th May till 11th August, 2019.
The official opening event will be held Wednesday 10th July at 6m, officiated by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia)
The commissioned work features a commemoration of Aunty Rose Colless, a local to the Cairns township who was well known for her humanitarian work within North Queensland. (Detail right)
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Limited edition copies of the monograph 'Ryan Presley : Prosperity' are available for online orders here
The book presents selected works from Presley’s acclaimed Blood Money series, which presents the heroes and warriors of Indigenous history as figureheads on Australian banknotes, alongside documentation of the recent Prosperity exhibition at the IMA.
The hardcover book, edited by Madeleine King, features a chapter by Ryan Presley on the history of the Australian colony’s first currency, the holey dollar, alongside contributions by Tina Baum, Daniel Browning, and Suvendrini Perera that explore different manifestations of currency as a tool of the colonial project.
Copies have even been purchased by the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) for their archives. Get yours while remaining stocks last.