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RMIT Gallery joins the team in New Delhi

The XIX Commonwealth Games in India are not just about sport. RMIT Gallery is

finishing preparations for its exhibition Power Cloths of the Commonwealth,

Australia’s only cultural representation at the Games.

The curators have shipped valuable textiles and Aboriginal fibre and textile works

to India’s foremost government-funded craft and textile museum, the National

Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi, where the

exhibition will be held from 25 September to 20 October.

During the Games, events displaying Indian culture, heritage and folklore will be

held across the city. The diverse cultural panorama will include folk and classical

dances, classical music, theatre and films as well as other creative skills, arts and


RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said it was significant that RMIT Gallery

was partnering with India’s premier museum in presenting Australia’s only cultural

representation at the Games. Ms Davies, who sits on the board of the Australia-

India Council and is its former Chair, said the exhibition was an example of cultural

diplomacy in action.

Power Cloths of the Commonwealth celebrates key moments in Commonwealth

history. Drawn from major museum and private collections from around the globe

and covering all five continents, it presents a tight selection of key historical and

contemporary works, many never before viewed publicly.

Ms Davies co-curated the exhibition with Delhi-based textile expert Professor

Jasleen Dhamija. “This exhibition highlights RMIT University’s commitment to a

global education and its strong ties with India,” Ms Davies said. 

“The Chief Minister of Delhi, The Hon. Sheila Dikshit, encouraged RMIT Gallery –

on the basis of the outstanding past India collaborative show in 2006 for the

Melbourne Commonwealth Games – to create an exhibition for the Cultural

Program of the Delhi Games.”

Two Aboriginal artists from Melbourne are heading to New Delhi to take part in the

exhibition. Maree Clarke is the Senior Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the

Koorie Heritage Trust. Her work Kangaroo Tooth Necklace, made of teeth, sinew

and kangaroo leather, will be on display in New Delhi.

Vicki Couzens is a prominent artist and Keerray Wurrong/Gunditjmara woman from

the Western District of Victoria. She will be exhibiting her work Koorrookee

meerreeng (Grandmother’s country), made of possum skins.

For interviews: Suzanne Davies, Media

enquiries and photos: Vanessa Gerrans, (03) 9925 2686.

14 September, 2010

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