Home: Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny 2021 (Plains Country Wiradyuri People)
10 January – 6 February 2022
Home: Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny (Plains Country Wiradyuri people) 2021 is an exhibition of works by students from five public schools in the Central Tablelands region who participated in the Home Program. 2021 was the third year BRAG has run the Home Program.
The Home Program is a series of workshops, virtual excursions & embedded framework in schools looking at contemporary Aboriginal art, language, & culture. The students studied & created artworks inspired by four contemporary Aboriginal artists: Elaine Russell (Kamilaroi), Mervyn Bishop, Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri/Ngunnawal), & Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Wiradjuri).
The students’ artworks presented at BRAG are the result of an artist-led workshop by Parkes based Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe. Inspired by the form of a Dilly Bag (Narbong in Wiradjuri) & the use of discarded materials in artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Ronda shared loom weaving techniques using found materials such as wool yarn, discarded electrical cables, foil, bubble wrap, bailing twine & raffia. Impacted by COVID, the workshop was delivered via video with material packs sent to the schools.
At the start of the year, Aunty Gloria Dindima Rogers shared Wiradjuri language & stories with the teachers, discussed & answered questions about cultural protocols to ensure the classes were culturally safe. Participating schools: Meadow Flat Public School, O’Connell Public School, Millthorpe Public School, Black Springs Public School, & Rockley Public School.
The Home Program is a partnership between Wiradjuri community, Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, The NSW Department of Education’s Arts Unit and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and connects schools to local Aboriginal artists, community, language and culture. Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny is Bathurst’s edition of the Home Program delivered in collaboration with local schools and the Wiradjuri community.
Image: Anastasia Parmson in room installation. Image supplied by artist.