Jonathan Jones: they made a solitude and called it peace

Musket and spear


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has commissioned a new suite of video works by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones for its permanent collection. This experimental project explores the Wiradyuri history of Bathurst. It tells the story of sovereignty, of bloodshed, conquered lands and the endurance of Wiradyuri people through a series of moving-image works, installations and community-engagement workshops. At the heart of this story is the struggle over country, and this project aims to highlight the beauty of this scarred landscape that was the setting for Australia's first inland frontier war.

This is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Bicentennial Project in collaboration with the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is also supported with funding from the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society Inc. 


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IMAGE: Musket, Flintlock, Tower, Brown Bess (AF). Musket, flintlock, India Pattern, Great Britain, 1810-1820 (H9608). Collection: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney. Photo: Ryan Hernandez. Spear, wood 19th century, private collection.