Clan and Country

Shakara Montalto featured in Whittlesea Leader Newspaper

Untitled, Shakara Montalto, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 25 x 25cm.

The Ownership Project artist Shakara Montalto is featured in an article in the Whittlesea Leader, which you can read here

Shakara Montalto joined The Ownership Projects (TOP) Indigenous Artist in Residence Program in late 2013. She has created a large body of delicate line etchings and bold woodblocks exploring personal themes of loss and identity. Her work is available for viewing at TOP’s Fitzroy gallery.

TOP would like to congratulate Montalto on her achievements this year and express how excited we are to continue working together in 2014.

2013 Retrospective

Featuring a selection of handmade prints and installations by TOP’s resident artists Helen Sheferaw, Ghazaleh Shokrollahi, Khue Nguyen, María Peña, Julius Bright Sackey, Ruby Djikarra Alderton.

The retrospective celebrates significant moments in the complex visual cultural narrative of The Ownership Project, from The Yuta Project screenprints by young artists from Yirrkala (NT), depictions of Yolŋgu culture and clan designs from Elcho Island (NT), to the Mothers and Ink prints by women from Horn of Africa communities (VIC), and the Clan and Country prints and installations from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (VIC).

Join us to celebrate the works and connections made to date, and the exciting future ahead for TOP’s Creative Capacity and Artists in Residence programs in Kulin Country.


Opening event: 6-8pm Thursday 12 December

Exhibition dates: 12 – 22 December 2013

Gallery: Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Installation by Helen Sheferaw

by Helen Sheferaw

Pinapple by Nadia Ahmed

Clan and Country

Shakara Montalto (close up of etching)

Star of Dennis, Dennis Thorpe, woodblock on Magnani paper

An exhibition of new installation, etching, and relief works by Aboriginal artists Shakara Montalto (Gunditjmara) and Dennis Thorpe (Muruwari). 2013 has been an introduction to printmaking for these artists. The works created are brief excursions on the surface of the complexities of existence. The dynamics of symbolism, representation, drug use in society, cultural identity and sustainability are shifting. Bright pop colours, found objects and the power of language are icons across the spectrum of culture represented in this exhibition.


30 November – 8 December 2013

Opening event: Saturday 30 November, 2-4pm

Location: Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

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Special thanks to City of Yarra for their ongoing support.