NSW Aboriginal cultural centres combine for first exhibition
For the first time nine New South Wales Aboriginal owned cultural facilities have banded together to present an exhibition drawn from their collections.
From our place: an exhibition from NSW Aboriginal Cultural Centres opens at Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery (WRIG)Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Thursday 7th September as part of the NSW state tour.
It is the culmination of not just months of work for curator, Gumbaynggir artist Alison Williams but also several years of development for ACHAA, the NSW Aboriginal Culture, Heritage & Arts Association.
“Unlike other states, there is no real uniformity or genre of Aboriginal community owned cultural facilities in NSW,” explains Williams who was also the inaugural Chair of ACHAA. “Each has been a response to its community’s desire and will to have its own keeping and meeting place where art and culture can be collected, maintained and renewed through practice and application.”
“Broadly these are the objectives of all the ACHAA member organisations represented in this exhibition, to ensure NSW Aboriginal culture remains not just viable but actually thrives through visibility and engagement. The local difference is what vessel the community has identified for that to be established – as a cultural centre, knowledge centre, art gallery, keeping place or museum.
“In one remote area for instance in Bourke, that gallery and centre spreads its message even further through community radio and the use of language. It’s all about keeping culture alive and relevant.
“There are also vastly diverse landscapes across NSW and this is represented in the centres’ collections as engagement with the land is central to Aboriginal cultures.
“These are all key dynamics that I wanted to see reflected in the exhibition.”
The nine Aboriginal community owned centres represented in the From our place exhibition are: Muda Aboriginal Corporation (2CUZFM Bourke); Dharriwaa Elders Group (Walgett); Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Tweed Heads); Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Corindi Beach); Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery (Kempsey); Armidale Aboriginal Culture Centre & Keeping Place; Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative (Leichhardt); Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Rouse Hill) and Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre (Deniliquin).
The exhibition is at the WRIG, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Lot 170 Red Rock Road, Corindi Beach until 4th November 2017. www.yarrawarra.com.au https://www.facebook.com/Yarrawarra.Aboriginal.Cultural.Centre
Phone: 02 66407104
From our place and ACHAA are proudly supported by Museum & Galleries of NSW and the NSW Government through Create NSW.
The exhibition will run until May 31 and each of the five artists will do a residency in the Nulla Nulla Gallery where they will paint and create artworks insitu. Visitors and students who visit the exhibition and gallery will be able to see how the artists produce their artworks, with the artists answering questions and sharing their rich cultural stories and history.
The exhibition project is the third collaboration between the Slim Dusty Centre and the Dunghutti Aboriginal Art Gallery (DNAAG). So far the two organisations have worked together to promote Aboriginal artists and each other, and on this occasion received funding from Arts NSW under the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund.
The exhibition entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Schools are encouraged to bring student groups to the gallery, while the artists are in residence, to gain opportunities to engage with the artists and their practice.
The Five Women Connected and Seen exhibition opens on Thursday April 6 and runs until May 21.
Once again our Annual Christmas Exhibition showcasing 30 x 30cm artworks at affordable prices. Artworks by local Dunghutti Artists as well as aboriginal artists up and down the mid north coast. Be quick as we have limited stock.
Tanya has been busy creating new sand paintings which are creating a lot of interest.
Tanya recently exhibited at Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery with one of these sand paintings.
Be sure to put this Exhibition on your list of ‘must see’ while it is running at DNAAG from Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 2 October.
Dunghutti Aboriginal Art Gallery would like to extend an invitation to all.
Come along to Long Point Vineyard & Art Gallery to view works by Dunghutti Aboriginal Artists and Aboriginal artists of the mid north coast.
Mapping the Macleay features personal stories of local indigenous elders which were digitally recorded and shown to 11 schools throughout the Macleay. The school students, with the help of local artists Uncle Richard Campbell, Uncle Milton Budge, Aunty Esther Quinlin and Elwyn Toby then developed their interpretations of the stories into paintings to form a series of murals.
The murals will be on display at the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery located inside the Visitor Information Centre at South Kempsey. The gallery is open from 10am until 4pm Tuesday – Sunday.
International Women’s Day Display
With International Women’s Day just around the corner Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery would like to invite everyone in the community to come and browse their display of aboriginal artworks created by female artists locally and up and down the mid north coast.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make every day International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
The display will be showing from 8 March through to 18 March at DNAAG, Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey. Gallery hours 10-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.
This exhibition has been made possible through Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program.
The NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual state-wide art competition for young people in years 5-9, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, of all artistic abilities. Each year has a different theme, providing a framework that offers students different perspectives on reconciliation.
The competition theme for 2015 was Homegrown Heroes and students were invited to consider what constitutes a ‘hero’ and to learn about some of the heroes of the reconciliation movement.
The competition received hundreds of entries, from across NSW, including from schools in the Mid-North coast region. The winning artworks captured the ideas of heroism in reconciliation and the need for heroes in everyday life.
From Saturday 13th of February until Sunday 6th March, 2016, the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery will be exhibiting the 2015 competition finalists, representing the most outstanding entries.
Collections from previous years have shown that young people really do have some insightful things to say about reconciliation, expressed in creative and clever ways. We hope that you enjoy coming to see these inspiring works of art.