National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
ARTIST Tapich Gloria Fletcher
ARTWORK Eran (River)
PROJECT NGA Entrance Artwork
CLIENT National Gallery of Australia
ARTIST’S COLLABORATOR Jennifer Isaacs AM
CURATOR NGA, Franchesca Cubillo
DESIGN UAP Studio, Jamie Perrow
FABRICATION UAP Workshop
ARCHITECT PTW Architects, Andrew Andersons AO
PROJECT ENGINEER Birzulis Structural Engineers
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT McGregor Coxall
Renowned Indigenous ceramicist Tapich Gloria Fletcher worked with UAP to create Eran, a stunning sculpture which now stands in front of the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Galleries and Main Entrance.
'Eran' means river. The work depicts various land-based creative legends through representations of animals in the stories of the tribes along the rivers of Weipa—the Evath eran and N’Gath eran—called the Mission, Hay and Embley rivers in English. Eran is the largest of the artist’s metal sculptures, and creates a striking entry statement in the gallery’s forecourt landscape.
Tapich Gloria Fletcher (1937-2011) was one of Australia's leading ceramicists. Her works express an intricate relationship with her land and its creatures, as well as with the elements of earth, fire and water. Tapich created several significant public artworks at various sites around Australia, including at Canberra's Reconcilation Place and Cairns Airport and Cruise Terminal.