On Sacred Ground at ASW

ARTISTIC PILGRIM: Rose McAllister has created art works around four separate journeys she has undertaken. Picture: supplied
ARTISTIC PILGRIM: Rose McAllister has created art works around four separate journeys she has undertaken. Picture: supplied

 A NEW exhibition of works, On Sacred Ground, will open at Art Systems Wickham on June 1.

The works reflect pilgrimages undertaken by artist Rose McAllister.

Her travels took her through Spain, France and Italy, exploring the lands of Saint Dominic de Guzman.

Through the journey the artist gained a deeper knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the 800 year old Order of Preachers and Dominican spirituality.

Walking 200km in the spirit of Saint Mary MacKillop, from Portland to Penola, she undertook the Australian version of the Camino de Santiago and gained insight into the remoteness of some Australian communities. 

“Mary MacKillop fought a hard fight to bring education to the disadvantaged to provide them opportunities for their future,” McAllister said.

Travelling to Uluru concreted the appreciation of indigenous connections to the land and the sense of spirit that exists in all living things. 

On Sacred Ground investigates how the “foundational goodness and beauty of faith is recognised in a secular nation, while exploring the difficulties, which surround this concept”. 

The exhibition is open until June 17, Friday to Sunday, between 12- 4pm.

AWS is at 40 Annie Street, Wickham.