Growing up on the Island

National Exhibition Register

  • Digby Moran and installation view of ‘Growing up on the Island’
    Digby Moran and installation view of ‘Growing up on the Island’, 2018
    Image Credit
    Photo: Rebecca Rushbrook

About the exhibition

Albert (Digby) Moran’s life is divided into two parts, before he started painting, and after. He worked in agriculture and even as a boxer before he turned his hand to painting. In 1991 he undertook an art course through Ballina TAFE which launched his career as an artist. Art provides a means to access memories in paint, and to pass them on. These memories are mostly based in childhood – happy recollections of a carefree life growing up on Cabbage Tree Island (on the Richmond River near Evans Head) with close family and friends. Moran recalls playing in the sand and on the river banks – swimming and fishing. Recurring iconography includes fish and native wildlife in abundance, water, sand, mangrove mud, and fires moving through cane, grass and timber.

Moran’s studio was badly affected by the 2017 Lismore floods. He lost most of his materials and a lot of work. Much of this exhibition is the result of a burst of creativity Moran has undergone since the floods.

Over the past 30 years Moran has established himself as one of the Northern Rivers’ most recognized artists. He is a leader in the regional Indigenous arts community and has achieved national and international recognition as an artist. His esteem has come from his unique and deeply personal story, expressing his place within Bundjalung land.

Artists and Curator

Kezia Geddes

Digby Moran 

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
05/02/2019 - 19/02/2021
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Lismore Regional Gallery
$4,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Exhibition Tour Manual, Labels
Other materials
A 9 minute film was commissioned for this exhibition, which traces the artists visit back to Cabbage Tree Island where he discusses his childhood. There are a number of direct references between footage in the film and works in the exhibition.
Primary contact
Brett Adlington
Lismore Regional Gallery
02 6627 4600
Secondary contact
Sarah Harvey
02 6627 4600
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