Land & Language Exhibition

The importance of First Nations languages is the focus of LAND & LANGUAGE – a new live exhibition opening at Wollongong Central this July.
 
To coincide with national celebrations for NAIDOC Week 2017, with its theme ‘Our Languages Matter’, LAND & LANGUAGE features First Nations artists from different nation groups, but primarily from the Illawarra region.
 
Live painting sessions are a highlight of the exhibition and will occur between 10am–2pm on Levels 2 & 3 of the Gateway building within Wollongong Central. The general public is invited to watch these skilled artists in action.

Featured artists and their works include: 
 
David Cragg’s sculpture series using recycled materials and highlighting birds native to the Illawarra region, to raise awareness of dwindling populations due to loss of habitat. David will also create two site-specific murals between 3–7 July and 12–16 July.
 
Noni Cragg’s series of portraits of notable Illawarra residents and historically significant First Nations people with whom she has a personal connection. Noni’s live painting will take place on 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th July.
 
Peter Hewitt will produce a site-specific mural exploring notions such as authenticity and self-identity, painting live between 12–16 July.
 
Blak Douglas’s photographic series ‘Spiritualitree’ aims to reclaim First Nations spirituality and capture its omnipresence via images of tree shadows/spirits. In addition, Blak will be live painting murals between 12–16 July.

Warwick Keen will showcase a selection of works from his award-winning digitally manipulated photographic series ‘Back To Burra Bee Dee’.

Also on display will be photographs of significant sites throughout the Illawarra as well as a series of poems written in the traditional Dharawal language by historian, archaeologist, anthropologist, and publisher Les Bursill OAM JP.
 
Produced and curated by aMBUSH Gallery and presented with Wollongong Central, LAND & LANGUAGE will be open daily from Monday, 3 July until Sunday, 6 August during centre trading hours.
 
LAND & LANGUAGE is located on Levels 2 and 3, Gateway Building, and is free of charge to the public.