Promiscuous Provenance

National Exhibition Register

  •   Black Swan - after the Port Jackson Painter 1792
    Anna Glynn Black Swan - after the Port Jackson Painter 1792, 2016
    Ink and Pencil on paper
    64(h )x 102(w) cm

About the exhibition

PROMISCUOUS PROVENANCE explores our colonial past with direct reference to the works of the early colonial artists’ and their first encounters with the Australian landscape, including John Hunter, the Port Jackson Painter, and George Raper. As artists seeing a new world of flora and fauna for the first time, their works illustrate the strangeness of this encounter; in his journal, Hunter describes the creatures he sees as coming about through ‘a promiscuous intercourse between the different sexes of all these different animals’.

Australian artist, Anna Glynn elaborates on Hunter’s idea of “promiscuous intercourse” by creating her own alien creatures, hybrid manifestations of the original colonists’ art that sometimes includes the colonists themselves.These contemporary works reflect her fascination with the strangeness of the past, as unknown and unfamiliar to her as the antipodean fauna was to them. The core of the exhibition is her alien creatures realised in a series of ink drawings accompanied by video work, sculpture and installation bringing them to life as artefacts of the imagination and objects of wonder and curiosity.

In developing the exhibition Glynn is working with a number of public institutions both in Australia and internationally including the State Library of NSW, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, the Natural History Museum (London), the Australian Museum and the British Museum. These collaborations will ensure the works are grounded in research and a well-developed understanding of the history and documentation of the period.

Artists and Curator

Bronwyn Coulston

Anna Glynn is an award-winning mid-career, regional artist based in the Shoalhaven. Landscape, in particular the Australian landscape, is a key subject matter and muse; in telling its story and the story of our relationship with it in the past and present, she draws on a diversified practice that incorporates painting, drawing, digital animation, film, sculpture, installation, photography, writing, music, sound and live performance. In Promiscuous Provenance, she is exploring issues of social importance through a delicate and refined response. Glynn is gaining increasing recognition of her work with awards in the Noosa Art Prize (2016), Kedumba Drawing Award (2015) and as finalist in the Heysen Prize for Landscape (2016), the Mandorla Art Award (2016) and the Wyndham Art Prize (2016 & 2017).

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/07/2018 - 25/12/2020
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
$1,800 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Fiona McFadyen
Acting Manager - Arts and Culture
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
02 4429 5444
Secondary contact
Brigitte Carter
02 4429 5442
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