A shining light—recent acquisitions
'A shining light' is an exhibition of acquisitions brought into the collection over the past year. Its title was inspired by the song The shining path from the 1986 album Big Night Music by British group Shriekback, the opening lyrics of which resonate in these uncertain times: ‘We had lived a blessed time but we knew nothing’.
In times of social, political and environmental crisis, and the anxiety and doubt that those times might bring, artists play an essential role in shining a light on the inner spaces of our emotions and the external forces and situations that shape the world we live in, and that focus our eyes.
This is a disparate group of works but there are dialogues between them—sometimes in the conceptual teasing out of a subject, or in others an unexpectedly shared intention by artists working in vastly different social and cultural contexts. We see here intersecting responses to landscape, to country, to environment, to human frailties, and to the very acts of making and seeing.