In this new solo exhibition The Black Napoleon (10 Aug – 7 Sep 2019) at the Australian Print Workshop, Megan Cope charts the journey of a man that British forces referred to as The Black Napoleon. In circa 1827, he stripped a sheet of bark to build a canoe and escaped the Dunwich Penal Settlement. He paddled back to Stradbroke Island: Quandamooka Country. This new body of work is the outcome from a project titled French Connections and a highly ambitious international project – Antipodes – instigated and led by Anne Virgo OAM, Director of Australian Print Workshop. The project generated a significant new body of artwork in the fine art print medium, inspired by important collections of cultural and other material relating to early exploration of Australia and the Pacific. By providing privileged access to archives and historical collections in the UK and France, Antipodes creates opportunities to reflect on the interplay of natural history, the history of science, empire, art and anthropology.
Artist talk: Saturday 17 August 2019, 4pm