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by stapletonm
posted 11/12/2019

Southern Swell & An Island Far Away

This Arts Thursday, 12 December 2019, with Maisy Stapleton, reveals art in context of place and culture.

The first interview focusses on the exhibition Southern Swell at Hazelhurst Arts Centre at Gymea.

Curator Carrie Kibbler speaks about the background to the exhibition, the history of surfing in the Sutherland Shire and the development of board riding, much of which took place in the surf off Cronulla Beach.



This is a great summer exhibition – colourful, joyous and connecting with Australian popular history through the photography, art and mementos of beach culture and surfing.

In the second interview, the focus is on the poetically titled My Love is an Island Far Away at the Mosman Art Gallery. This is a major solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Jumaadi, who was born in East Java, Indonesia and who currently lives and works between Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Mosman, Australia.

Assistant Director and Senior Curator Katrina Cashman joins Jumaadi, to speak about the exhibition concept –the internment of Javanese political detainees in the 1920s.

Following their exile in the Dutch penal colony of Digul, Western Papua the detainees were eventually stationed in Cowra, in Central Western New South Wales at the request of the Dutch colonists during the Second World War (1943 – 1944).

Jumadi’s perceptive interpretation of this history coupled with his unique and often playful vision, gives insight into a joint history of Indonesia and Australia that few are aware of.


Catch these before Christmas

We’ll also have an update on some local exhibitions from Assistant Producer Paula Towers.

For further information:

Southern Swell at Hazelhurst Arts Centre : Until 2 February 2020


My Love is an Island Far Away: Until 9 February 2020



If you miss the program you can listen again by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the date 12 December 2019.

And watch out for podcasts at later dates.

Tune into Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton every fortnight from 10:30 to noon for in-depth conversations on the arts.

This program has been produced by Maisy Stapleton with assistance from Paula Towers.