Major First Nations commissions open at Flinders Street Station

A cornerstone of this year’s RISING festival, Shadow Spirit presents a breadth of new commissions by First Peoples from across the country.

Shadow Spirit is the third exhibition to take up the long unused upstairs rooms at Flinders Street Station, following Patricia Piccinini’s A Miracle Constantly Repeated (RISING 2021-22) and TIME • RONE.

It is also the first group exhibition to fill the historic rooms and grand ballroom of the 168-year-old building.

Presented as part of this year’s RISING, Shadow Spirit is ‘the largest single commissioning exhibition of First People’s art in Victoria’, says RISING’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO Gideon Obarzanek.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_