Nginhagu: Belonging to this Place
When: Thursday 3 October - Sunday 17 November
Where: Brindley Family Galleries, MAMA
Nginhagu: Belonging to this Place is an exhibition of work created by students from Glenroy Public School, Culcairn Primary School, Wewak Street School, Albury Public School, and Hume Public School, as a part of the Home arts and language education program. The Home program is a successful partnership between The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in association with Murray Arts Museum Albury.
Some of the works in the exhibition are the result of a workshop with Wiradjuri artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Students created Gugabul (Codfish), using sticks, gum leaves, bark, wire, and rope. The gum leaves and bark are symbolic, and represent the entwined connection the Gum tree has with Gugabul (Codfish). The yellow rope represents a distressed river system and the impact the grain industry has on the river and the animals.
The program has seen students supported to learn about nationally recognised Wiradjuri artists. They have also been given opportunities to engage locally with arts, language, and culture.
Dr Pettina Love also led Wiradjuri Language lessons, and students explored the works of Jonathan Jones, Tommy McRae, and Lorraine Connelly-Northey, through the MAMA collection and the Home education resource.
Students also enjoyed a virtual art making lesson with Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie, facilitated by the Art Gallery of NSW
The Home Program will be offered again in 2020 to schools in the Wiradjuri language area. Once again it will be hosted by MAMA in association with partners The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.