Alex Seton: The Island
Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street, Newcastle
18 Feb - 7 May

Newcastle Art Gallery presents Alex Seton: The Island, a major exhibition of Seton's work from recent years. This compelling and salient exhibition contemplates and questions Australia's role in the asylum debate. 'The Island' as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help. 

Within the exhibition: oars, life rafts and life vests are washed up on the shores of the 'The Island'. A key work on loan from The Art Gallery of South Australia, Someone died trying to have a life like mine (2013) was first shown in the exhibition Dark Heart at the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. This major work of art is inspired by an actual event where 28 life jackets were found on a beach of the Cocos Islands within Australian territory, the owners still remain unidentified.