The ‘From the Land’ exhibition will transform the Willoughby Incinerator Art Space into a cultural exhibition in response to the theme ‘Wellness and Wellbeing for All People’.
From the Land art exhibition is part of the 14th annual 2014 Guringai Festival, which celebrates the First Peoples of the Northern Sydney region, each year showcasing a new theme.
From Dreaming stories, to initiation sites, to bush tucker, the exhibition will display paintings by highly regarded Central, Western and Tanami Desert Aboriginal artists that tell the intimate story of the reciprocal nurturing role between the land and its people.
Biripi man, didgeridoo player and guest speaker Brenden Moore will be presenting ‘Native Flora and it Uses’ from 2pm on Saturday, 5 July.
“[People will] take away knowledge and a better understanding of Aboriginal art and a better understanding of Aboriginal perspectives and point of views of our connections to mother earth,” he says.
Brendan will take attendees for a walk around the Incinerator parklands to discover how important a detailed knowledge of native flora was to Aboriginal people.
Guests will be able to explore the surrounds, and learn how plants can be used to support life as food, tools, clothing, medicines and building materials.
An Aboriginal Mud Totem Workshop and Dreamtime Story by Aunty Kerrie Kenton will run from 1pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 12 July at the Incinerator Art Space. It is a free event but attendees are advised to RSVP.
And finally a Bush Tucker and Native Flora Reference Library and Sensory Table for Children will be held for the duration of the exhibition. This will be a free activity and children will be able to see, smell and touch various bush tucker foods and native flora, and read about their significance to Aboriginal people.
Some of the artists will include Billy Stockman, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Makinti Napanangka, Mick Namarari, Minnie Pwerle, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and more. The art works are courtesy of Jinta Desert Art www.jintaart.com
The event will officially be opened by Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney at 2pm on Saturday, 28 June. However, doors will be open a few days earlier from 25 June, and will run until Sunday, 13 July.
For more information, or to book into any of the workshops, visit www.guringaifestival.com.au