Ngarakbal Githabal Dialect Exhibition opened Friday 13 May at Lismore City Hall to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Aboriginal artists from all dialects across the Northern Rivers.
The exhibition was the culmination of Arts Northern Rivers 3-year Bundjalung Project, managed by Indigenous Arts Development Officer Mark Cora, which aimed to reconnect local Indigenous artists with early mark making techniques to inspire contemporary applications.
The Northern Rivers is home to the highest concentration of arts and creative industries practitioners outside of metropolitan centers.
Northern Rivers Creative is a directory showcasing professional practitioners of the Northern Rivers and committed to making connections for local, national and international markets for local creatives.
The project will record the life stories of 10 Elders from the Bundjalung nation / Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It has been inspired by the energy and passion of Dale Roberts – a local Aboriginal woman who has worked along side our region’s most respected and loved Elders.
Dale said, ‘Ever since I can remember people were asking me, for years, about how to get in touch with Elders and speak to our Aboriginal mob’.
Arts Northern Rivers is thrilled to have partnered with Dance Integrated Australia and The Farm to provide scholarships for two emerging dancers in the early stages of their career for a residency opportunity at the third annual Corner Dance Lab from 15 – 23 January 2016 in the Byron Bay Hinterland.
The two scholarships have been awarded to Amrita Hepi, a descendant of the Ngapuhi tribe in Northern New Zealand and the Bundjulung people in Northern New South Wales, and Tyrel Dulvarie, who is a descendant of the Yirriganydji and Mamu people of Cairns and Innisfail.
The Northern Rivers is a region of villages, most with a hall that lay at their heart. Some sit proud on hills, some tilted with age but all are places of stories and keepers of secrets.
If These Halls Could Talk is a multi-arts project celebrating these halls and the role they play in our communities.
The project invites people to nominate their local hall for a chance to be involved in the project.
Over the next three years the Northern Rivers Creative Roadshow will roll out as a series of high street pop ups’ in each of the seven LGAs and will be hauling a brilliant program of bespoke professional development workshops, industry networking dos and filling the empty spaces with local creatives’ wares. Arts Northern Rivers is committed to building the Northern Rivers Creative brand to create greater traction amongst local, state, interstate and ultimately international markets for local makers.
This 3-year project is about rediscovering Aboriginal mark-making traditions; reconnecting Bundjalung Aboriginal artists and their communities with their heritage; exploring early art from within the region; and to assist local Indigenous artists to develop a unique style for our region through the incorporation of ancient markings and motifs into contemporary Indigenous works.
Basket Making is a humble craft that has been employed through the millennia to produce objects that feature in all aspects of everyday life, making it both a functional and beautiful expression of art. In this series of five workshops being held...