In 2015, Beverly Knight collaborated with the Castlemaine Art Museum on the curation of a major retrospective of paintings by Ginger Riley Munduwalawala entitled Ginger Riley: the Boss of Colour. This was the first major exhibition of Ginger Riley’s work since the retrospective Mother Country in Mind: The Art of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997, and the first survey exhibition in a public gallery since the artist passed away in 2002. It was also the first exhibition of Indigenous art at the Castlemaine Art Gallery, according to the Director Jennifer Kalionis, in the 100 year history of the museum.
The exhibition presented Riley’s vibrant and powerful depictions of country which challenged and changed Australia’s preconceived notion of Indigenous art, and our landscape painting tradition. The intensity and energy of Riley’s paintings is so strong that the late Australian expressionist David Larwill dubbed him, “the boss of colour”.
The exhibition (15 January – 19 April 2015) was officially opened on Saturday 7th February 2015 by Mr Tom Mosby, CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust and attracted a huge crowd of supporters of Indigenous Art.
Knight also collaborated with the Museum on the design and editing of a beautiful illustrated catalogue, which included an essay by Tim Alves, to accompany the exhibition.