As the Executive Director of Alcaston Gallery, Beverly Knight not only assists in curating exhibitions, but she also cultivates relationships with artists, including those from remote Australian Indigenous communities, in order to pave passageways so that they can find artistic recognition and financial independence. Beverly Knight is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a patron of Bindi Inc./Mwerre Anthurre Artists, which was established over 20 years ago in Alice Springs to support those with a disability.
Alcaston Gallery has taken the initiative to become more environmentally friendly by implementing a project called ‘Greening the Gallery’. The project aims to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. To do this, the gallery recycles and reuses as many materials as possible, including printer cartridges, and also features a rainwater tank with a capacity of 3,000 litres and utilises low voltage lighting. Each night, all lighting and electrical equipment are switched off, with the exception of security lights. The art space also encourages clients and staff to be environmentally friendly, and staff often take public transport, car pool or walk to work.
Represented artists at Alcaston Gallery include contemporary artists Sally Gabori and Naomi Hobson, painters David Frank, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Ray Ken, Mick Wikilyiri, Hector Tjupuru Burton, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala and Birrmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha. There is also photographer Greg Semu from New Zealand, Gary Lee, British photographer Dena Ashbolt and Indian photographer Amit Mehra. Sculptors and ceramicist Dean Smith, Emily Ngarnal Evans, Judy Holding and the Hermannsburg Potters are also featured in the gallery, along with bark painter Nonggirrnga Marawili, Melbourne-based painter, performance and multimedia artist Jaye Early, visual artist Angela Tiatia and installation artist Selby Ginn.
Artists currently on exhibit at the Alcaston Gallery include David Djarrka and Wendy Galanini and their sculptures, ceramics by Pepai Jangala Carroll, bark artist Dhambit Mununggurr, painters Amanda Jane Gabori, Billy Tjampitjinpa Kenda and Conway Ginger and photographer Audrey Rankine, as well as many others.
Currently on show at Alcaston Gallery is contemporary artist Naomi Hobson’s fifth solo exhibition, Kanichi – On Top People, which will conclude mid-October.
In late October through to November, the gallery will present Jaye Early – All of a sudden I felt very powerful and strong, then suddenly, I didn’t, which features the artist’s vivid portrayals of public spaces.
Also going on display in late October in an exhibit titled Dancing To Death 2016 are watercolours and mixed media works on paper by Dena Ashbolt.
In November, Alcaston will showcase a suite of ceramics by the renowned Hermannsburg Potters in the exhibition Ltharta, which depicts post-colonial life.