Event Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)

Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)

Exhibition Opening

09 September 2023

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version).

Join us for an afternoon of discussion between artist Daniel Boyd and exhibition curator Liz Nowell, performance by Nunukul Yuggera Jarjum Dancers, and poetry by Yugambeh artist and poet Lionel Fogarty.

Rainbow Serpent (Version) is Boyd’s first major exhibition in Meanjin/Brisbane, a place of cultural and ancestral significance for the artist. Encompassing fifteen new paintings, a sculpture, a mirrored-stage floor, and live activations, it continues his interrogation of Western scientific, artistic, and philosophical thought and its role in establishing the colonial Australian state.

Inspired by the dot patterns in his paintings, Boyd’s mirrored-stage floor illuminates these narratives and engages audiences in their reconstruction. As audiences move through the exhibition, its network of mirrored lenses provide infinite ways of viewing and understanding the histories and stories represented on the walls.

Throughout the exhibition’s duration, Indigenous scholars, artists, activists, and community groups will share the gallery space—through a program of performances, discussions, and yarning—in a poetic act of civic and cultural reclamation. Stay tuned for the full program of events.

2.00pm — Welcome to Country
3.00pm — Nunukul Yuggera Jarjum Dancers
3.30pm — Daniel Boyd + Liz Nowell
4.30pm — Lionel Fogarty


COVID-19 Advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

'Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)', Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2023. Photo: Luca Girardini.

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