A Place to Stand

WHEN Gallery Open Daily 9.30am to 4pm
Tuesday 3 October to 19 November

OPENING Tuesday October 10 6-8pm

WHERE The Foyer Gallery

COST Free entry

ACCESS Wheelchair Accessible

Saturday 21 October 12 Noon
Saturday 11 November 12 Noon

Sione Francis

‘A Place to Stand’ is a solo exhibition by Tongan Australian artist Sione Napi Francis; celebrating 30 years art practice and the 25th anniversary of the arrival of ‘The Angel’ sculpture at Gasworks Park. Through the mediums of sculpture, drawing and mixed media, Sione demonstrates that the past and present can inspire a shared sense of our own complex histories.

I am a member of the Pacific Island community and have immersed myself in my local community as an artist and leader. I have been committed to the Pacific cultures for over 30 years and can understand with depth and meaning the complex colonial histories of my own people and those of Australia.

Through research, education and broad work experience I can see many points of view and create space for those who need to speak and can listen as someone who has seen and done much for those around me.

As a visual artist, material and cultural knowledge is an integral part of my practice. Cultural understandings and sensitivities are a space where I see connections and possibilities.

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