When Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria was first published in 2007, it ignited conversation, imagination, and presented an ambitious, beautiful and epic literary achievement.
The novel shares the interconnected stories of several inhabitants of the fictional town of Desperance, situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There, the Aboriginal people of the Pricklebush clan are engaged in a number of combative disputes with various enemies in the community, including the white inhabitants of Desperance, the local law enforcement, and government officials. Among these characters are Angel Day, who lives on the outskirts of Desperance.
In celebration of Carpentaria, a collaboration between Alexis’ words and artist Gordon Hookey have come together to create Angel’s Palace, an immersive artwork, which debuted at the Brisbane Writers Festival in 2017. The stunning creation was built on the Maiwar Green, and inside a series of events, including performances and author talks, took place.
Angel’s Palace, in a large dome shape will stand at 7.5m tall and 15 m in diameter. The shape reflects traditional Aboriginal architecture, especially that of traditional ‘humpies’. Using Alexis’ words as inspiration, Gordon has created a visual design which will be transferred onto a canvas and encompass the entire outside of the artwork. Initially designed on a small model of Angel’s Palace, pictured below, Gordon’s work will be reprinted on a massive scale, to cover the 300 square meter canopy.
Inside Angel's Palace
Entering inside Angel’s Palace, audiences will experience an evocative digital landscape, transporting them across time and place to Alexis’ mystical world.
Video designer Ken Weston, sound designer Guy Webster, and Lighting Designer Ben Hughes have collaborated with the teams at Iceworks Design and Reverse Garbage in an unforgettable immersive venture, with Brisbane Design Company DWDC Designs, creating a beautiful site design.
Alethea Beetson, Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts,
Bring Angel's Palace to your hometown
Angel's Palace is available for touring and co-presentation. To find out more, or to request an information pack, email email@example.com.
Angel’s Palace, presented by UPLIT, first premiered at Brisbane Writers Festival 2017. Angel’s Palace is inspired by the book ‘Carpentaria’ by Alexis Wright (2006, Giramondo Publishing) and features an original artwork by Gordon Hookey. The Angel’s Palace experience has been made possible through the generous support of the Taylor family. UPLIT has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.