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Building Angel's Palace

Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey and writer Alexis Wright talk about their collaboration.

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.

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Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey belongs to the Waanyi people and locates his art at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. His style and approach is distinctive in its vibrancy and best known for its biting satire of Australia’s political landscape, its leaders and representatives. Hookey's work combines figurative characters, iconic symbols, bold comic-like text, and a spectrum of vibrant colours. Hookey is a core member of Brisbane-based Indigenous collective proppaNOW alongside fellow artists including Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee and Jennifer Herd.

His work is held in major collections within Australia including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Gallery of Australia and Australian National University, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; University of Technology, Sydney and a number of significant private collections. In 2017 Hookey was included in Documenta 14 (Athens and Kassel) and ‘The National: New Australian Art’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. She is renowned as the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, and of a previous work of non-fiction Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory. Her books have been published widely overseas, including in China, the US, the UK, Italy, India, and France. She is a Distinguished Fellow in Western Sydney University's Writing and Society Research Centre. Her new book of non-fiction is Tracker Tilmouth, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015.

Rhianna Patrick

Rhianna Patrick

During her 15 years with the ABC, Rhianna Patrick has worked across triple j news, television documentaries, RN and co-hosted an aviation podcast.  She's the former presenter of ABC Radio’s national Indigenous programme, Speaking Out. Rhianna currently presents a national show which is named after her (or #ABCRhi for short) every Sunday night across ABC Radio. 

Angel's Palace

Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

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