An exhibition and research project to encourage interest by visual artists in the rich history of Burra. Artists have chosen aspects of the town’s past activities, community and environment, using memory, imagination and curiosity to boost research skills.
Burra Heritage Town – Part I
photographer Anna Mycko installed her work Everything of Value, including written material.
Maxine Donald has found some great stories in the cemetery, awaiting excavation.
Kerry Youde put together a complex arrangement of photographs which she has entitled Have You a Photo: a photographic exploration of Burra’s history from the extensive Town Hall collection.
Alison Mitchell uses bullock teams as inspiration – she has titled the work Turning History Upside Down, and placing it together with one of her still lifes, featuring Burra jugs.
Sue Michael’s 7 small works on the Burra Hospital have already gained the interest of one of the gallery volunteers, whose babies were born 60 years or so ago in the hospital.
Peter Hart’s collations of found pieces of timber and other objects have brought him into the project for the May History Month exhibition – we really appreciate his involvement, as his work at Anlaby relates to Burra in many ways not the least being early colonial land use.
Lis Jones Ingman got the knitted rabbit last year and it suggested rabbit plagues through her flattened poison tin, then she thought of the fate of indigenous people in early settlement times and saw a more sinister significance.
Curiosity can lead us all over the place, and Burra has many stories.