The Hidden Garden - Travis De Vries

There is a valley deep in the heart of the Australian bush that is the original site of the Garden of Eden, the real tree of knowledge and the terrible secret behind Adam and Eve’s story. In The Hidden Garden, Travis De Vries reveals the true story of the garden.


A multidisciplinary artist, writer and creator, De Vries was the 2018 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellow. Referencing Christian and other Western folklore he creates a new Australian mythology for this exhibition, subjugating the source mythology to turn a mirror onto the viewer’s idea of this well known trope..


Deriving inspiration from the natural world, Pearl begins each day in her garden, observing the light, form and colour along with the constant cycle of transformation that takes place.
Discarded materials that are inexpensive and ordinary are purposefully selected for her work.

Unfolding through the lens of a fable, handed down
from elder to initiate in the rite of passage as old as time, The Hidden Garden will feature paintings, soundscape and immersive installation artworks, merging to create a unified experience - a hidden garden.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of public events to coincide with it’s launch and NAIDOC Week 2019.

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Exhibiting from 12 May to 30 June 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 11 May 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Small Forest Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese, Pukara Estate and Double Picc. 

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Artwork: Travis De Vries, Forbid 2019 (detail), oil on canvas.