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. 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. Exhibiting from 7 July to 25 August 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 6 July 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Stone Hill Vineyard, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.  Artwork: Travis De Vries, Forbid 2019 (detail), oil on canvas.