Touring Regional South Australia

Inspired by her direct environment and ongoing connection to country, Naomi Hobson’s Adolescent Wonderland, first displayed as part of Tarnanthi’s Open Hands exhibition, is a series of photographs that tell the real-life story of young Aboriginal people in remote Australia.  

The title of this series was inspired by the classic children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Themes of youth, playfulness and childhood memories are evident in Hobson’s photographs. The brightly coloured figures and their props lure the viewer into a dream-like reality, much like how Alice follows the white rabbit. 

Naomi Hobson is a Southern Kaantju/Umpila artist who lives in Coen, a small town of 360 people in the centre of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. A multidisciplinary artist, she regularly works across the mediums of painting, ceramics and photography.  

Adolescent Wonderland tours 11 regional galleries in South Australia from December 2021 until October 2023.

Naomi Hobson, Southern Kaantju/Umpila people, Queensland, born 1978, Coen, Queensland, The Birthday Skirt “I love this! think I’ll wear it to Puchaanu’s birthday party coming up soon.” Donna., from the series Adolescent Wonderland, 2019, Coen, Queensland, digital print on paper, 81.0 x 110.0 cm; Courtesy the artist and Redot Fine Art Gallery, © Naomi Hobson/Redot Fine Art Gallery.

Where's Your Wonderland Photography Competition

Capture who you really are; your everyday and your community for your chance to win.

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Port Pirie 11 Dec 2021 - 27 Mar 2022
Port Augusta Yarta Purtli Gallery Port Augusta 19 Apr - 5 Jun 2022
Nautilus Arts Centre Port Lincoln 10 Jun - 24 July 2022
Roxbylink Art Gallery Roxby Downs 29 Jul - 18 Sep 2022
Chaffey Theatre Renmark 23 Sep - 13 Nov 2022
Riddoch Art Gallery Mount Gambier 18 Nov 2022 - 22 Jan 2023
Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery Naracoorte 27 Jan - 26 Feb 2023
Walkway Gallery Bordertown 3 Mar - 22 Apr 2023
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Murray Bridge 28 Apr - 18 Jun 2023
Burra Regional Art Gallery Burra 23 Jun - 30 Jul 2023
The Hahndorf Academy Hahndorf 1 Sep - 8 Oct 2023
Presented in partnership with
  • Country Arts SA