Works by a talented young artist in City of Logan, Kyra Mancketelow from Crestmead, will be showcased at the Logan Art Gallery from next week.

Her works, titled Unsilenced, will be on display at the gallery from June 11 to July 24, which overlaps with NAIDOC Week from July 4 to 11.

The artworks, which include prints, sculptures, ceramics, paintings and weavings, are part of the first major solo exhibition by Kyra Mancktelow (Quandamooka, Mardigan, South Sea Islander).

Portrait by Rhett Hammerton, courtesy of N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

“I’m excited to have my first solo at the Logan Art Gallery, where I was born and raised,” Kyra said.

The 24-year-old artist said it was a great opportunity to showcase her work with the community, her family, mob, and friends.

“It gives me a platform to voice and to share these histories in a way that other people may not be able to see.”

“It gives people an opportunity to look and reflect, and take what they want with that.”

Kyra’s passion for art began when she was young, and was inspired by her culture, her people, and their histories.

Kyra Mancktelow (Quandamooka, Mardigan, South Sea Islander), Born under a tree, 2020, ceramic, woven natural fibre, emu feathers and underglaze. Photography credit: Andrew Willis.

She is currently completing the Contemporary Indigenous Art Program at the Queensland College of Art and will complete the Honours program this year.

Kyra also designed the stunning mural on the Chester Park water reservoir on Middle Rd at Boronia Heights.

The artworks explain how Kyra and other First Nations people view the world through distinct ways of life such as land, law and ceremony.

This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

To also mark NAIDOC Week, this round includes Elders’ choice: highlights from the Logan Art Collection exhibition.

Representatives from the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders have curated a selection of local artworks from the Logan Art Collection.

The other exhibitions include:

  • Rochedale South artist Yu Chao Du’s Doll Park will highlight elements of his life and what influences him artistically
  • Cornubia artist Christopher Maddox’s exhibition Onto your wall from outerspace will showcase artworks he has created from satellite images which he digitally manipulates
  • A vibrant collection of artworks by City of Logan’s young artists in the World Environment Day posters exhibition

Kyra Mancktelow (Quandamooka, Mardigan, South Sea Islander), Born under a tree, 2020, ceramic, woven natural fibre, emu feathers and underglaze. Photography credit: Andrew Willis.

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